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 is responsible for project management of the integrated IceCube Upgrade drilling and installation activities. The IceCube Upgrade project will add seven new “strings” of sensors with extended scientific capability to the existing 86 strings of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, which are installed and operating at the South Pole. The implementation manager will be a member of the IceCube Upgrade design, construction, and testing team and will have level 2 management responsibilities within the project, including budget and schedule responsibilities for a major portion of the project. The IceCube Upgrade project is scheduled to complete the installation of the seven strings in late 2022 to early 2023 at the South Pole.  More information and application instructions can be found following this link.  Apply by March 11, 2020.

This position will provide management and administrative support for WIPAC faculty along with a team of physicists of the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center and the IceCube Project, a $250 million, multiyear National Science Foundation (NSF) project with over 30 collaborating institutions worldwide. This position will assist the PI and other leading WIPAC physicists with their responsibilities in research, grant management, and program planning and development. The incumbent is expected to utilize a considerable amount of independent initiative and judgment, while exercising a high level of administrative, problem solving, and analytic abilities. More information and application instructions can be found following this link.  Apply by March 9, 2020.

These positions serve as the IceCube “winterovers,” and successful candidates will be deployed to the South Pole for 12-13 months. Training for two candidates is anticipated to begin in Madison, WI, in July 2020. Deployment to the South Pole is expected to be in early October 2020 for 12-13 months with no possibility of leaving during the winter months from mid-February 2021 to mid-October 2021.  More information and application instructions can be found following this link.  Apply by January 31, 2020.



The Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor position beginning August, 2020. Applications are sought from outstanding scientists interested in using IceCube data to advance research in neutrino astronomy and neutrino physics. This position will also provide the opportunity to help lead construction of the IceCube Upgrade, now under way, and assist in the design of the next-generation detector. Candidates will collaborate closely with colleagues in the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center, the Department of Physics, and the Department of Astronomy.

The full announcement and instructions on how to apply can be found here. To be considered for the position, you must upload your application in the online application system. Deadline for assured consideration is December 1, 2019.


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:

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.