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

Our team is seeking a dependable professional to use their technical knowledge to successfully create and maintain quality software products.  The applications and middleware team at WIPAC supports scientists with the software necessary to enable and improve scientific workflows, involving the analysis of a sizeable data set (10 PB) and the use of thousands of CPUs and GPUs in steady state operation. Those resources are distributed around the world and require sophisticated middleware to manage and operate in an efficient way.  Apply by June 23, 2019. More information about this position and application instructions can be found following this link.

The Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) manages IceCube operations and the IceCube Upgrade project. We are seeking a Project Controls Analyst experienced with Microsoft Project and earned value management. The Project Controls Analyst reports to the IceCube Upgrade Project Manager and is responsible for maintaining the Upgrade Project's cost and schedule and providing data for monthly reports to stakeholders. Apply by June 23, 2019. More information and application instructions can be found following this link.

This position involves software development in support of the design and construction of the IceCube Upgrade, an extension of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory located at the South Pole.  The successful candidate will work with IceCube detector operations and IceCube Upgrade teams to contribute to development of embedded software for detector modules as well as other software needs of the Upgrade project. Apply by May 24, 2019. More information and application instructions can be found following this link.


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

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.




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

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


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 for more information.