About Jirep


The Ministry of Environment (Minam), through the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP), is pleased to announce its annual International Geospatial Science Research Experience and Technology Development Program held at our headquarters at the Jicamarca Radio Observatory in Lima, Peru. This program began in 2006 and is geared towards undergraduate and graduate students who wish to gain experience in radar technology and scientific instrumentation for geospatial research and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Cornell University with local collaboration from Science International.

The IGP advances its mission to deepen understanding of the equatorial atmosphere and ionosphere, as well as low latitudes and the systems to which they are coupled, by fostering the creation of cutting-edge radar and radiodetection techniques, to train and educate new generations of space physicists, scientists and technicians to expand their own capabilities through upgrading and invention, and to increase their influence internationally.

Students will work with the institution’s engineers and scientists on projects related to ongoing research or instrumentation development programs. Research may be conducted in ionospheric and neutral atmosphere science, as well as radar/radio instrumentation and software development. Given its location, operating frequency, and array system, most of IGP’s research capabilities are unique. For example, this is the best place in the world where radar images of atmospheric and ionospheric phenomena can be learned and explored. In addition to the unique research capabilities where students can propose and perform their own experiments. The IGP offers a good opportunity to get hands-on experience in different aspects of radar systems, from changing antenna connections, upgrading the RF components of the system, to developing sophisticated acquisition and processing programs. Students will also be exposed to frequent lectures and seminars given by staff and visiting scientists. In addition, students are also asked to give lectures at the beginning and end of their experience. An additional benefit of the program is that students will learn about Peru, heir to millenary cultures and rich colonial tradition.


The Geophysical Institute of Peru is supported technically and scientifically by NSF AGS-1732209 through Cornell University. The annual international research experience program is part of this support.

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