10 mar, 2017

Post-doctoral research fellows in astrophysical transients

The Astronomy group at Warwick University is seeking to appoint several post-doctoral research fellows in the area of astrophysical transients to support ambitious programmes of research addressing the nature of gravitational wave transients, gamma-ray bursts, supernovae and tidal disruption events.

One post will involve the early science operations of GOTO. The post is available for 3 years in the first instance and funded through the STFC.

Two posts are available in support of the ERC project “Transient Engine Driven Explosions, TEDE”. We anticipate that we will appoint one position in the area of gravitational wave transients, while the other position will be focused on observations of ultra-long GRBs, tidal disruption events and other engine-driven electromagnetically detected systems. These posts are available for up to 5 years.

Deadline for all three positions is April 1, 2017.

More information can be found at

10 mar, 2017

PhD position to search for counterparts to gravitational waves at the University of Leicester

The University of Leicester (UK) has a three year PhD position available to work on the search for electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational waves. The successful applicant will work with prof. P. O'Brien and dr. R. Starling.
Deadline for application is April 10, 2017.

Note that this another position than the PhD position advertised earlier.

For details of the post, please visit

2 feb, 2017

New GOTO partner : National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand

We are pleased to welcome the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) as additional partner institute within the GOTO collaboration. Our collaboration with NARIT will also include exchanges of students and research staff as well as direct capital contributions from NARIT towards additional telescopes and instruments for the GOTO array.
3 jan, 2017

Dome building installed

The first GOTO dome was installed on site at the end of November, ready to house the first mount and telescopes. The 18ft clamshell dome offers panoramic access to the sky. The instrumentation for the first 4 telescopes is also now on La Palma.
27 nov, 2016

PhD position with GOTO at the University of Leicester

A PhD position is available to work on the search for electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave sources using GOTO. The position is at the University of Leicester, working with members of the GOTO team. Applications are welcome up until 31 March 2017. The successful applicant would be expected to start their PhD in October 2017.

For details of the post and the application procedure please visit

17 nov, 2016

Site construction complete

The main construction has now been completed. Piers, platforms, cable ducts and hatches as well as walkway and steps are all done. We also have chunky supporting walls as our platforms are wedged into the mountainside. See the galleries for some more images.

18 oct, 2016

Postdoctoral position with GOTO

As part of the newly-approved Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence in Gravitational-wave Discovery, the GOTO team is seeking a postdoctoral associate to contribute to the search for optical counterparts to LIGO/Virgo detections. The position is based at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, working with members of the GOTO team there.

Please visit for the position description and other details; applications close 31st December 2016.

15 sep, 2016

Construction has started

Contracts have been signed, and construction work has now started!

At the moment, the work consists of clearing the site, preparing for heavier work, including creating the foundation. See the photo gallery for some pictures.

One of the webcams of our friendly neighbouring SuperWASP telescope has been pointed to the GOTO site, so that the progress over the weeks can be easily followed.
webcam image