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SETI Research Center Summer Research Undergraduate Internships

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Berkeley SETI Research Center (BSRC) is a world-leader in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence - the quest for a scientific answer to one of humanity's oldest questions: Are we alone in the Universe? Housed in the Astronomy Department at the University of California, Berkeley, the team at BSRC leads the science program for the $100-million Breakthrough Listen project. Our scientists and engineers are pioneers in the development of software, instrumentation, and science strategy for the search for intelligent life on other worlds. We have access to substantial amounts of time on the planet's largest telescopes, connections to leading players in industry, and we're based in one of the world's premiere astronomy research institutions.

The majority of our projects make heavy use of modern programming languages and tools. While we don't expect applicants to be experts in all of these areas, familiarity and some experience will make for a strong application. We'll also train you to operate some of the planet's largest radio telescopes.

You will be required to be resident within commute distance of the UC Berkeley campus for the duration of the 10 week program. By applying, you commit to being available for at least 20 hours (and up to 40 hours) of work per week. A stipend of $20 / hour is provided (for a total of up to $8000). This stipend is intended to cover expenses during the program including travel, meals, and accommodation.

The program is open to students currently enrolled at degree-granting institutions in the United States. Women, underrepresented minorities, transfer students, and others traditionally underrepresented in science are strongly encouraged to apply.
accepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
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University of California, Berkeley (Lead)

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Academic Disciplines:
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Computer & Electrical Engineering

Big Data Science
Data Analysis
Data Science
Digital Signal Processing
High Performance Computing
Image Processing
Machine Vision & Learning

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