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The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for our employees, visitors, and guests, and has adopted a Code of Conduct that includes prohibitions against discrimination and harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment. Learn more at http://go.nrao.edu/conduct.

The NRAO encourages, and can provide financial support for, scientists and engineers in radio astronomy and related fields to visit any of its sites to interact with Observatory staff and carry out research programs, e,g. during sabbatical or summer leave from their home institutes.

We are particularly interested to support visits by young scientists who are junior faculty members at colleges and universities, and to encourage collaborations that can lead to "first light" science with new instruments.

The terms of such visits are negotiable, and their length may range from a few weeks to several months. Support can range from paying for accommodation, per diem or travel costs, to providing summer or sabbatical salary supplements, according to need.

Scientists interested in participating in the NRAO Visitors Program should contact the Site Director or relevant contact person at the NRAO site where they would like to work and provide the following information:

  • Statement of Purpose of Visit:  A description of what you should like to work on and accomplish as a participant in the NRAO Visitor Program.
  • Start Date and Duration of Visit
  • Budget:  If you are going to request funding from NRAO to support your visit, please provide a detailed breakdown of those costs.

For scientists and engineers interested in visiting NRAO Socorro, please contact:

Claire Chandler
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
P.O. Box 0
Socorro, NM 87801
Phone: (575) 835-7365
Email:  cchandle@nrao.edu

For the North American ALMA Science Center please contact:

Phil Jewell
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
520 Edgemont Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: (434) 296-0330
Email: pjewell@nrao.edu