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Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy

PhD recruitment
We are hiring PhD candidates to start in the year 2019-2020! The API provides a stimulating, international environment in a city where English is a common language. Of our current 50 PhD candidates, over 70% are foreign and over 40% are female.
Research in astronomy
At our institute we focus on specific techniques and objects that we deem to be promising avenues for finding answers to the big questions.
Conferences in astronomy in 2019
On the occasion of the retirement of Prof. Michiel van der Klis, we are organising a conference to explore and celebrate the field to which he has dedicated his career: X-ray timing studies of compact objects.
Master Physics & Astronomy
The University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam joined forces in a 2-year English Masters in Physics & Astronomy. Students benefit from the expertise of both universities that are internationally renown and have excellent research groups.

Marta Volonteri, professor by special appointment of Black Hole Formation and Growth

Dr M. Volonteri has been named professor by special appointment of Black Hole Formation and Growth at the University of Amsterdam’sFaculty of Science. The chair was established on behalf of the Bèta Plus Foundation.

Research sheds new light on origin gamma-ray radiation

Using a method developed by Jacco Vink (UvA-API), an international team of scientists studied the origin of Very High Energy (VHE) gamma rays. The results challenge the theory that the very high energy cosmic rays come from superbubbles instead from supernova remnants.

Emergent cosmic explosion exposed

An hour and a half after the detection of a gamma-ray on 5 December 2017, an international team of astronomers, including Lex Kaper (UvA-API), began to monitor the accompanying supernova SN 2017iuk through a range of telescopes. Never before has a supernova signal been registered so soon or so extensively after a gamma-ray burst. The study has been published in Nature.
Stargazing activities
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