CAREERS

Career Opportunities

WIPAC is responsible to the National Science Foundation and the IceCube Collaboration for the Maintenance & Operation of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.  Currently, WIPAC faculty and students are involved in IceCube, the Askaryan Radio Array (ARA), the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) experiment, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), the CHIPS experiment and DM-Ice.  WIPAC is committed to increasing diversity in our field and encourages women and underrepresented populations in particular to apply.

 

Open Positions

This position will support technical development of a flagship next-generation experiment in neutrino astrophysics, IceCube-Gen2. The ideal candidate will possess expertise in physics instrumentation design, with experience in embedded systems, data acquisition software and/or firmware, and communications strategies for distributed sensor arrays.  More information and application instructions can be found following this link.  Apply by May 8, 2020.

WIPAC is seeking applicants for a scientist position that focus on the design and development of the IceCube-Gen2 project at the South Pole. This scientist position will spearhead the detailed design, assembly and operation of prototype cylindrical multi-PMT modules ready for deployment in late 2022. The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of experience with instrumentation for measurement of high-energy particles.  More information and application instructions can be found following this link.  Apply by May 24, 2020.

 

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 three 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.

The center also offers the John Bahcall and Balzan fellowships for postdoctoral researchers.

UW–Madison currently has an open search for postdoctoral scholars to work on multimessenger and particle astrophysics, specifically focusing on neutrino astronomy with IceCube and gamma-ray astronomy with the Cherenkov Telescope Array.  Application by June 1, 2019, is recommended. More information and instructions can be found following this link.

 

Students

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

If you are a current UW–Madison student interested in working with WIPAC, contact a faculty member about student research positions.

 

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 in early February for project placement the following summer.

If you are a current UW–Madison undergraduate student, contact a faculty member or researcher whose research aligns with your 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.

 

In pursuit of collaboration and discovery, WIPAC is committed to promoting an inclusive work environment, in which the benefits of a diverse staff are valued and the unique contributions of every individual are acknowledged equally.  WIPAC and UW–Madison are family-friendly workplaces and offer services to assist families, including dual-career couples and single parents, in their employment transition. Please visit https://provost.wisc.edu/dual-career.htm for more information.