Career Opportunities

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.


Open Positions

IceCube Winterover Experiments Operator

We are hiring two “winterovers” who will be deployed to the South Pole, Antarctica, for 12 to 13 months to operate and maintain the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. Training for two candidates is anticipated to begin in Madison, WI in August 2022. Deployment to the South Pole is expected to be in early October 2022 for 12 to 13 months with no possibility of leaving until the end of deployment. Expertise will be balanced between the two candidates over the range of skills required. Individuals must develop a good working knowledge of the entire system. More information and application instructions can be found following this link. Apply by January 31, 2022.

IceCube Project Controls Analyst

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. Candidates should have five or more years of relevant experience in project scheduling and tracking, with knowledge of large government contract management a plus. More information and application instructions can be found following this link. Apply by February 2, 2022.

Research Administration Manager

The research administration manager oversees the delivery of funded WIPAC research, which includes producing reports, budget planning and financial management of all center grants and gift funds, and grants, contract and subaward management, and responding to funding agencies requests. Candidates should have three or more years of research administrator experience, with preference for work in nonprofit, government, higher-education, or other complex management/governance environments. More information and application instructions can be found following this link. Apply by January 27, 2022.

Communications Manager

The Communications Manager is responsible for local, campus, regional, statewide, national, and international support, promotion and awareness of the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) as well as for promoting physical sciences to the general public and contributing to educational and outreach activities and events. Must have strong interpersonal and organizational skills, superb writing and editing skills across media with exceptional attention to detail, a willingness to collaborate, and an ability to independently manage and execute a project and meet deadlines. More information and application instructions can be found following this link. Apply by January 7, 2022.

Firmware Engineer

This position will support the development of low-level data acquisition and communications firmware and software for the ongoing, fully funded IceCube Upgrade project and the maintenance of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. The IceCube Upgrade expands IceCube's reach to lower energies and adds more detailed calibrations, with an eye towards detector development for a larger-scale next-generation neutrino experiment, IceCube-Gen2. The ideal candidate will possess expertise in implementing custom digital communications, with experience in embedded systems, data acquisition systems, distributed sensor arrays, and a distributed, project-centric engineering effort. More information and application instructions can be found following this link. Apply by December 21, 2021.

Lead Data Acquisition Scientist

This position will lead the design, development, and maintenance of the online data acquisition systems for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory and subsequent future expansions. The IceCube Upgrade expands IceCube’s reach to lower energies and adds more detailed calibrations, with an eye towards detector development for a larger-scale, next-generation neutrino experiment, IceCube-Gen2. The successful candidate will work closely with a team of physicists and engineers, both locally and internationally, to expand the current IceCube data acquisition system to support new instrumentation and IceCube’s scientific goals. Job responsibilities include both technical leadership of this effort, development of embedded data acquisition systems for new IceCube sensors and calibration devices, and collaboration with graduate students and/or postdoctoral researchers on low-level data analyses. More information and application instructions can be found following this link. Apply by November 26, 2021.


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 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

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.


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.