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.
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 2021. Deployment to the South Pole is expected to be in early October 2021 for 12-13 months with no possibility of leaving during the winter months from mid-February 2022 to mid-October 2022. More information and application instructions can be found following this link. Apply by January 31, 2021.
This position will support technical development of a flagship next-generation experiment in neutrino astrophysics, IceCube-Gen2, a large extension to the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. The ideal candidate will possess expertise in physics instrumentation design, with experience in embedded systems, data acquisition software and/or firmware, and communications strategies for distributed sensor arrays. More information and application instructions can be found following this link. Apply by October 1, 2020.
This position will lead the project development of a large extension to the IceCube Neutrino Observatory as project manager. The PM reports to and works in close coordination with the principal investigator in executing the technical and administrative oversight of the project. The PM will be responsible for establishing a project office team, headquartered at WIPAC, and will direct personnel both at WIPAC and distributed among domestic and international IceCube collaborating institutions. More information and application instructions can be found following this link. Apply by September 25, 2020.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (CTA) and the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-ray Observatory. Application by December 20, 2020, is recommended for full consideration. 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.
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 email@example.com
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.