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.
- IceCube Winterover Experiments Operators (2 positions)
These positions serve as the IceCube "winterovers" and will be deployed to the South Pole for 12-13 months. Training for two candidates is anticipated to begin in Madison, WI, in July 2019. Deployment to the South Pole is expected to be in early October 2019 for 12-13 months, with no possibility of leaving during the winter months from mid-February 2020 to mid-October 2020. M.S. in computer science, physics, electrical engineering or related field is preferred. Bachelor's degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or related field and substantial experience (equivalent to a master's degree) will be considered. Apply by January 19, 2019. More information and applications can be found following this link.
The WIPAC Outreach and Events Coordinator is primarily responsible for local, campus, regional, statewide, national and international support and awareness of the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) and for promoting physical sciences to the general public. Bachelor's degree in science communications or related field is required. Apply by November 15, 2018. More information and application can be found following this link.
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 email@example.com.
The center also offers the John Bahcall and Balzan fellowships for postdoctoral researchers.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.