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 The David and Bridget Jacob Internship Programme (NOW CLOSED: selection taking place)

The Cavendish Laboratory and the Institute of Astronomy recognise with deep gratitude the support of Mr David and Mrs Bridget Jacob and their establishment of The David and Bridget Jacob Internship Programme. The Programme will support one 4 - 10 week summer internship placement, alternating annually between Cavendish Astrophysics and the Institute of Astronomy. The student should be from a non-Oxbridge higher-education institution within the UK, and should be between their penultimate and final year of undergraduate study. In summer 2019, applications are sought for a placement within Cavendish Astrophysics.

We encourage applications for this placement in any of the following broad areas:

  1. Dr Eloy de Lera Acedo: REACH is a novel radio experiment aiming at the detection of the redshifted HI signature signal from the early epochs of the Universe. Observing the low frequency sky from the Karoo radio reserve in South Africa, REACH is looking for a skillful and motivated research student
    to work in its commissioning phase;
  2. Dr David Buscher: Optical fibre stretching for high-precision radial velocities. Laboratory and simulation work on how to exploit propagation effects in multimode optical fibres to increase the precision of radial-velocity studies of exoplanets;
  3. Dr Will Handley: Constraining models of the primordial universe using
    cosmic microwave background data. Both theoretical and observational
    work is available;
  4. Dr Annelies Mortier: Solar activity complexity - Analysis of solar data (radial velocity, images, TSI, etc) to explore periodic behavior of active regions in
    the context of the hunt for small exoplanets.

Students with interest in any of the above areas who meet the criteria for The David and Bridget Jacob Internship Programme were encouraged to apply by Fri 22 March 2019, after which time selection will take place through interview. Selection will be based on academic merit, and on knowledge and experience relevant to the projects listed above. A one-page expression of interest, together with contact details, an up-to-date CV and any brief supporting material should be sent to by the deadline.

The successful candidate will receive a ca. £250 per week subsistence payment, will be supported in accessing accommodation in Cambridge, and will be encouraged to experience all that Cambridge has to offer during their internship. The exact length of the internship would be settled in discussion between the candidate and the Lead Researcher of the project.



For those not eligible to apply for the David and Bridget Jacob Internship Programme:

The Astrophysics Group rarely offers summer placements. However, if you are from the UK or EU and wish to apply for a placement, please send your CV to We cannot guarantee any placements, but will forward applications to staff members to see if they are able to offer positions.

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