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Open Positions

Positions will remain posted beyond their respective consideration dates until an offer has been made and accepted.

WIPAC is located at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. WIPAC works together with the international IceCube Collaboration to operate and maintain the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica, as well as the ARA, DM-Ice and HAWC detectors.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Opportunities exist for postdocs to contribute in several areas, for instance the search for cosmic neutrinos, studies of high-energy atmospheric neutrinos, searches for dark matter, the study of the composition and arrival direction distribution of cosmic rays, and the search for neutrinos associated with gamma-ray bursts and supernova explosions. WIPAC postdocs are expected to pursue rigorous independent research.

WIPAC supports research on ARA, HAWC, DM-Ice, and CTA. Collaboration with these projects is possible as well.

Candidates must be within the first 3 years of earning a PhD in particle astrophysics, high-energy physics, or a related area, and have strong programming and data analysis skills. Application is initiated by sending a CV to postdoc@wipac.wisc.edu.

Some of our collaborating partners also have postdoc positions. The center also offers the John Bahcall Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers

Students

At UW–Madison, undergraduate and graduate students are involved in many aspects of design, testing, and analysis of WIPAC projects, including:

  • Searching for TeV- to PeV-energy neutrino emission from astrophysical sources
  • Using neutrinos to identify astrophysical cosmic-ray accelerators
  • Cosmic-ray physics and composition measurements
  • Air shower development and neutrino oscillations
  • The search for dark matter
  • The search for supernova explosions in our galaxy

Several faculty members from the UW–Madison Department of Physics who specialize in astroparticle and particle physics are involved in WIPAC.

Graduate Students

All WIPAC students are part of the Department of Physics. For general information about applying to UW–Madison, visit the graduate student admissions site maintained by the Department of Physics. If you are a current UW–Madison graduate student interested in working with WIPAC, contact a faculty member in your area of research.

Undergraduate Students

WIPAC and IceCube have a long history of involving undergraduates in research. Students have participated as part of the National Science Foundation "REU" program, or Research Experiences for Undergraduates. WIPAC REU experiences are listed under "Astronomical Sciences" and you can apply directly at the UW–Madison REU site. Applications are due February 1st for project placement the following summer.

If you are a current UW–Madison undergraduate student, contact a faculty member or researcher that aligns with your research interests. WIPAC also hires undergraduate students in non-science areas, such as human resources, video production, graphic design, public education, and reception. Open positions are listed on the UW Student Job Center but if you have a special interest in working for WIPAC, send an email of interest to hr@wipac.wisc.edu

International Students

WIPAC hosts international students, typically graduate students. International student visits are granted on an individual basis, with invitation from a WIPAC faculty member. See the visitor page for more information.

WIPAC Faculty

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Francis Halzen
Gregory Breit Professor and Hilldale Professor
IceCube
(608) 890-0541
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Albrecht Karle
Professor
IceCube, ARA
(608) 890-0542
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Stefan Westerhoff
Professor
IceCube, HAWC
(608) 890-0543, (608) 262-3989
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Justin Vandenbroucke
Assistant Professor
IceCube, CTA
(608) 890-1477
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Kael Hanson
WIPAC Director
IceCube