IceCube WinterOver Experiments Operator

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, 2018. Deployment to the South Pole is expected to be in early October, 2018 for 12-13 months with no possibility of leaving during the winter months from mid-February, 2019 to mid-October, 2019.

Expertise will be balanced between the two candidates over the range of skills required. Individuals will be required to have a good working knowledge of the entire system. The candidates will be members of a small isolated community at the South Pole for eight months of the year. Community members participate in a wide range of activities including fire or trauma team, kitchen tasks, general cleaning, and station opening and closing duties. The successful candidates will attend the NSF contractor orientation program and will be expected to pass physical and psychological evaluations to work at polar and high altitude sites for one year, as required by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs.


Degree and area of specialization:
M.S. in Computer Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering or related field is required. Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field and substantial (equivalent to a masters degree) experience will be considered.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
A minimum of three years of work experience in the following areas:
  • Administering UNIX (preferably Linux) operating systems. Configuring UNIX core services and network management. 
  • Writing systems shell scripts (Bash, Python, Perl). 
  • Ability to take initiative (must be a self-starter).
  • Excellent communication and organization skills. 
  • Computer systems security methodology and experience with host based security tools. 
  • Skills in maintaining and debugging of high-performance computing hardware. 
  • Data storage products such as magnetic tape backups and RAID disk arrays. 
  • Use of standard laboratory equipment such as oscilloscopes, digital multi-meters, amp meters, etc.
  • Understanding of TCP/IP networking.
  • General electronics debugging and repair skills. 
  • Experience working at Polar and/or high altitude sites and remote locations.
For the complete Position Vacancy Listing and application instructions, please visit the UW-Madison employment listing.

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