Tammo Jan Dijkema

Scientific software engineer

The work at ASTRON fits perfectly with my studies Scientific Computing at the interface between physics, mathematics and computer science. I work, among other things, on the mathematics to perform faster calculations on physical and astronomical super computers. This allows the astronomers to perform their calculations more efficient.

The location of the ASTRON headquarters amazing! We are located in the middle of a national park, who doesn’t want to work in the middle of a national park? Before I came to work at ASTRON, I already wanted to live in the north of the Netherlands. The location of ASTRON made the job even more attractive.

The fact that I make things that were not possible before is great. And all of that because of my invented algorithms. I think that is very inspiring. With LOFAR for example, there is the challenge to process terabytes of data per second. That has to be in real time, because we cannot save it. There are astronomers who are eagerly waiting for my work, it feels much appreciated.

The fun part of my day job is that I work in a multidisciplinary environment. I work with mathematicians, computer scientists and astronomers.  I especially like the fact that I often speak with people. I’m not the mathematician type that likes to spend days alone at a desk to work.

 

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Andre Gunst
Group leader

My work at ASTRON is very interesting! Mainly because I can solve many challenging and complex problems. To solve these problems, I use the latest technologies. I think it’s important that I help astronomers to unravel the puzzle of the universe. The most inspiring of my work is that I work together with colleagues from […]

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Now that @LOFAR sky survey is finished, there are 1000s of hours of observations to conduct & 10s of petabytes of data to analyse. This survey has put down the ground work for next gen. surveys to push technological & scientific advances to their limits youtu.be/SBHzK7-xWyI

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