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 local, campus, regional, statewide, national, and international support, promotion and awareness of the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) and promoting physical sciences to the general public. The work involves collaborating with WIPAC and IceCube personnel as well as with campus contacts to identify communication and E&O needs and develop appropriate plans and projects. This position serves as head of WIPAC and IceCube public relations, responds to external requests, and manages social media channels among other responsibities. Apply by February 26, 2019. More information and application instructions can be found following this link.

This position is responsible for developing and maintaining a set of web sites and web-based applications that deliver educational and science-oriented content for a variety of particle physics experiments, the largest of which is the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a kilometer scale neutrino detector located at the geographic South Pole. The work involves deploying and managing content using Drupal as well as working with domain scientists to build and deploy specialized web applications that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Apply by February 22, 2019. More information and application instructions can be found following this link

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. B.S. in computer science, electrical engineering, or related field and substantial experience (equivalent to a master's degree) will be considered. Apply by January 15, 2019. More information and application instructions can be found following this link.

The Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) manages IceCube operations and the Upgrade project, a 5-year $23M NSF-supported project that will extend IceCube, and is seeking qualified candidates for Project Manager of the Upgrade. This position is responsible for and has authority over the technical execution of the project, and will lead a project office team located within WIPAC and project technical leads distributed among US and non-US collaborating institutions to ensure that the operation of the project team meets the expectations of the National Science Foundation and other stakeholders. M.S. in engineering or physical sciences preferred. B.S. degree in engineering or physical sciences and experience equivalent to MS will be considered. Apply by January 31, 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. 




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.