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.
This position will support the Wisconsin IceCube Particle and Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) and its mission, which includes leading the maintenance and operation of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory located at the South Pole. Our team seeks a dependable professional to use their technical knowledge to successfully create and maintain quality software products. Interpersonal skills and teamwork are highly valued. In addition to the team at WIPAC, the successful candidate will work with a diverse international community of researchers in a variety of scientific disciplines to ensure that our computing systems meet the current needs of our scientists as well as adapting to incorporate new analysis techniques as they are discovered. Principal duties include development and maintenance of scientific-supporting applications, creation and aggregation of distributed logs and metrics, and graphing and dashboards for monitoring data. Apply by April 26, 2019. More information and application instructions can be found following this link.
This position will support the Wisconsin IceCube Particle and Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) and its mission, which includes leading the maintenance and operation of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory located at the South Pole. The job involves working with principal investigators, students, researchers and scientists across the IceCube Collaboration to determine software needs and develop software systems to optimize data collection, simulation data production, and research results. Principal duties include contributing to the support and coordination of simulation production and data processing in a distributed computing environment and grid infrastructure. Apply by March 24, 2019. More information and application instructions can be found following this link.
The graphic designer is responsible for producing innovative visual elements across multiple platforms to support the education and outreach and communication needs at the Wisconsin IceCube Particle and Astrophysics Center (WIPAC). Job responsibilities include producing graphics for public and scientific presentations, for websites and other digital platforms, and for scientific and educational events. This position provides support to the international IceCube Collaboration as well as other WIPAC-related projects. Apply by April 4, 2019. More information and application instructions 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.
- Open search for postdoctoral scholars (three positions)
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.
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.