Astronomy Group

Our mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen. All departments work together so that our astronomers can make these discoveries. Our astronomers have involvement in many major investigations. They conduct research on both near and distant galaxies.

You will be working in a diverse team with many different backgrounds and nationalities, but you all have the drive to carry out the best research. You work with PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and the best staff astronomers of the country and the world.

As an astronomer, you use the best radio telescopes in the world, the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope and LOFAR. You are involved in important scientific projects.

The studies that can be performed are diverse. You can do research in the following fields:

  • Deep Fields
  • Compact Objects
  • Milky Way ISM
  • Nearby Galaxies
  • Clusters
  • Cosmic Magnetism
  • AGN’s
  • Gravitational Lenses
  • Cosmology

You are also involved in the development of the telescopes. Working closely with other departments within ASTRON is essential. E.g. you are involved with Science Support and/or the Radio Observatory.

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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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