Welcome to ALMA and the European ALMA Regional Centre!

ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is the world's largest ground-based facility for observations in the millimeter/submillimeter regime located on the Chajnantor plateau, 5000 meters altitude in northern Chile. It enables transformational research into the physics of the cold Universe, probes the first stars and galaxies, and directly images the formation of planets. ALMA comprises a giant array of fifty 12-m antennas, which can be configured to achieve baselines up to 16 km. It is equipped with state-of-the-art receivers that cover all the atmospheric windows up to 1 THz. In addition, a compact array of 7-m and 12-m antennas greatly enhance ALMA's ability to image extended sources.

The European ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) provides the interface between the ALMA project and the European science community. It supports its users mainly in the areas of proposal preparation, observation preparation, data reduction, and data analysis.

Below you can read the latest Announcements from the European ARC Network.. More details and up-to-date information can be found in the News section and the ALMA Science Portal.

Vacancy Notice: ALMA Regional Centre Astronomer

Published: 20 Dec 2018

For its ALMA Regional Centre at the Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany, ESO is opening the position of

ALMA Regional Centre Astronomer

The closing date for receipt of applications to be considered for the position is 4 February, 2019.  

ALMA Cycle 7 Pre-announcement

Published: 19 Dec 2018

The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) will start the next cycle of observing (Cycle 7) in October 2019.

A Call for Proposals with detailed information on Cycle 7 will be issued in March 2019, with a deadline for proposal submission in April 2019. This pre-announcement highlights aspects of the Cycle 7 proposal call that are needed to plan proposals. More information can be found on the ALMA Science Portal.

ALMA Cycle 7 will introduce the new capabilites, Long baselines at Band 7 and Solar observations at Band 7

Key Dates:

  • 19 March 2019 (15:00 UTC) - Call for proposals and OT release
  • 17 April 2019 (15:00 UTC)  - Cycle 7 deadline
  • End of July 2019 - Result of proposal reviews
  • 5 September 2019 - Phase 2 submission deadline
  • October 2019- Start of Cycle 7 observations
  • September 2020 - End of Cycle 7 observations

ALMA2019 Science Meeting: science results and cross-facility synergies

Published: 18 Dec 2018

Workshop Pre-Announcement: 

ALMA2019: science results and cross-facility synergies to be held 14-18 October 2019 in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy - save the dates.


At this meeting we aim to once again bring together the world-wide ALMA community to discuss the observatory's recent scientific highlights, following the success of previous meetings held in 2012 in Puerto Varas, Chile; in 2014 in Tokyo, Japan; and in 2016 in Indian Wells, California, USA.

A first announcement with further information will be distributed in early 2019.

Vacancy Notice: Head of the ALMA Department of Science Operations

Published: 16 Nov 2018

For the JAO Department of Science Operations (DSO) in Santiago and the OSF in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, the ALMA Observatory is opening the position of

Head of the ALMA Department of Science Operations

The closing date for receipt of applications to be considered for the position is 15 January, 2019.  

JAO external vacancy: ALMA Postdoctoral Fellows

Published: 15 Nov 2018

ALMA Post-Doctoral Fellow
JAO, Santiago - OSF, San Pedro de Atacama

The JAO is offering postdoctoral fellowship positions to join the ALMA science operations group in Santiago, Chile. ALMA Postdoctoral Fellows will be appointed for a period of three years and will spend 50% of their time dedicated to their personal scientific research. The remaining time will be spent in support of ALMA operations, including observing at the ALMA Operations Support Facility (OSF) near San Pedro de Atacama for hands-on interaction with the telescope.

The deadline for this vacancy is 1 December 2018.

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