JRO International Research Experience Program (JIREP)

Welcome to the International Research Experience Program at the  Jicamarca Radio Observatory  in Lima Peru. This program originally called "Summer Program for Students from Non Peruvian Institutions" Started in 2006 and is financed by the National Science Fundation.

The Jicamarca Radio Observatory exists today with the mission of deepening our understanding of the equatorial and low-latitude atmosphere and ionosphere and the systems to which they are coupled, fostering the creation of avant-garde radar and radio remote sensing techniques, training and educating new generations of space physicists and radio scientists and technicians, expanding its own capabilities through upgrade and invention, and increasing its influence internationally.

The students will work with staff engineers and scientists on projects related to ongoing research or instrumentation development programs. Research may be conducted in neutral atmospheric and ionospheric science as well as radar/radio instrumentation and software development. Given its location, frequency of operation, and array system, most JRO's research capabilities are unique. For example, this is the best place in the world where radar imaging of atmospheric and ionospheric phenomena can be learned and explored. Besides the unique research capabilities where students are welcomed to propose and run their own experiments, JRO offers a good opportunity to get hands-on-experience on different aspects of radar systems, from changing the antenna connections, improving RF components of the system, to develop sophisticated acquisition and processing programs. The students will be also exposed to frequent lectures and seminars given by the staff and by the visiting scientists. In addition, the students are also asked to give lectures at the beginning and at the end of their experience. A side benefit of the program is that students will get to know Peru, heir to ancient cultures and rich colonial tradition.

Acknowledgements

The Jicamarca Radio Observatory is a facility of the Instituto Geofisico del Peru operated with support from the NSF AGS-0905448 through Cornell University. The JIREP program is part of this support.


Who should apply?

The program is offered to junior/senior undergraduate and/or first and second year graduate students.


Research/development topics

Areas of research include atmospheric and ionospheric science and radar techniques. Students interested in electronics, RF, instrumentation and computer science are also encouraged to apply.

Besides the equatorial aeronomy science, JRO offers hands on experience on other areas of Engineering and Physics. In recent years we have added a variety of instruments and tools for atmospheric and ionospheric science that you might want to explore or get involve in. For example:

  • Signal Chain: is the main software deveploment project of Jicamarca. It consists in developing all the software tools needed to process radar data used at Jicamarca. The programing will be developed in C and pyhton basically and is object oriented. The student will be involved in learning some techniques of data processing and implementing part of them.
  • 8 Channel Digital Acquisition System: developing a radar acquisition system for Jicamarca is one of the main goals of the Research & Development Area. Currently a 8 channel acquisition radar system has been developed and being tested by the Operation Area. The student will be involved in developing high speed circuit boards or learning basic techniques for pre-processing data and implementing it.
  • 8 different receiving modules of the main 50 MHz array that can be configured in a variety of configurations.
  • An all-sky meteor system at 50 MHz for mesospheric winds and temperatures.
  • An upgraded Fabry Perot Interferometer system at Arequipa.
  • State of the art VIPIR Ionosonde for research (as part of the LISN International Project)
  • Different Magnetometers and GPS rxs in Peru and South America (as part of the LISN International Project)
  • A state of the art Fabry Perot Interferometer recently deployed at Huancayo along with an all-sky imager (SOFDI)
  • A Fabry-Perot and All-sky imager installed at the Optical Observatory (IGP, Clemson and University of Illinois)


How to apply?

Download the  application  and  recommendation forms or request them by email to jirepjro.igp.gob.pe.


Important dates

  • Application deadline: January 30, 2015
  • Decision: February 20, 2015
  • Starting date: Anytime between May 11 and June 19, 2015
  • Duration: 10 weeks

2014 elected students

  • Yolian Amaro, student of Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University - USA.
  • Sovit M Khadka, student of Physics from Boston College - USA.
  • Saiveena Kesaraju, student of Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University - USA.
  • Brian Breitsch, student of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Miami University – USA.

Local support & JIREP terms

The program will cover the travel expenses (to and from Lima) as well as a reasonable stipend. Given that the Observatory is located outside Lima city, transportation will be provided. JRO normally operates from Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 6 pm. There is one hour break at noon for lunch and mainly sports activities (soccer, volleyball, running, hiking, ping-pong)

Given the cultural and language differences, JRO staff will help the students on a one-by-one basis to find a suitable lodging.    It is very important for us that you read our JIREP terms 


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