The Instituto Geofísico del Perú (IGP) is pleased to announce its annual International Research Experience Program at the Jicamarca Radio Observatory in Lima, Peru. This program, named JIREP, started in 2006 and it is oriented to graduate and undergraduate students willing to get experience on radar technology and scientific instrumentation for geospace research. JIREP is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Cornell University with the local collaboration of Ciencia Internacional.

The Jicamarca Radio Observatory (JRO) 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.


The Jicamarca Radio Observatory is a facility of the Instituto Geofisico del Peru operated with support from the NSF AGS-1732209 through Cornell University. The JIREP program is part of this support.