Emanuela Orrù

Support scientist

During my studies, I realized that I wanted to work in radio astronomy. In my second year, I decided to focus on radio astronomy. My professor pointed out to me that ASTRON build a new radio telescope in the middle of Europe. Because of this ASTRON caught my eye.

After my studies and several years of work, a position came available as a Support Scientist for LOFAR at ASTRON. For me the chance to work in radio astronomy. As a Support Scientist I support astronomers. I help them to prepare their observations with the LOFAR telescope. Next I help them in carrying out observations and with the calibration of the data.

At ASTRON I am the contact person for support. In addition to my supporting role for the LOFAR telescope I am involved in the design phase of the telescope. My involvement also extents to the testing and implementation of new features of the telescope.

I get a lot of satisfaction from my contribution to new functionalities for the LOFAR telescope. For me this is the most inspiring about working at ASTRON. Another aspect of my work which is priceless, is the gratitude I receive when I use my experience to help my colleagues to achieve their scientific goals


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Marco Drost
Head Operations & Maintenance

The choice to work at ASTRON was one I could make immediate. I wanted to enjoy working in a high tech environment, but also have the opportunity to keep developing myself. The beautiful surroundings in which ASTRON is located, the Dwingelderveld, made my decision very easy. Personally I find it fascinating to realize an instrument […]

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