WIPAC is responsible to the National Science Foundation and the IceCube Collaboration for the maintenance and 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.
This position will lead the coordination of a day-to-day operations of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory as well as develop new experimental hardware for future extensions of the IceCube detector. The ideal candidate will possess expertise in detector operations, including monitoring detector health and reviewing special operations plans, as well as experience in physics instrumentation development.
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 as with IceCube.
The center offers two named postdoctoral fellowships, the John Bahcall and the Balzan fellowships. They are awarded for three or five-year terms, with each fellow receiving a stipend and an independent research. For more information about these positions and a list of current and past fellow, see the Fellows page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Postdoc Openings
None at this time.
At UW–Madison, undergraduate and graduate students are involved in many aspects of design, testing, and analysis of WIPAC projects.
If you are a current UW–Madison student interested in working with WIPAC, contact a faculty member about student research positions.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.