Employment Opportunities

CTA is a global endeavour expected to cost in the region of €300 million for equipment and an additional 1,500 person-years of effort. Imminent site preparations and construction of CTA’s first telescopes have prompted a significant recruiting effort.


The project office is responsible for the functions of general project management, technical coordination and system integration for the CTA construction project. While most positions will be located in Bologna, some will be located on the CTA sites in Chile and La Palma.


In addition to CTAO gGmbH/Project Office employment opportunities, this page will feature PhD positions with CTA’s Consortium institutes.


All applications and enquires should be sent to


CTAO gGmbH is an equal opportunity employer.

CTAO gGmbH / Project Office Positions

No open positions at this time but more are coming so check back soon!

CTA Consortium Positions

The location Zeuthen is seeking:


Mechanical or physical engineer (f/m/divers)


The Zeuthen construction design department employs 5 engineers, 2 draughtswomen and one technician. Thegroup supports the physics groups in all important projects at DESY: From the facilities FLASH and European XFEL at DESY in Hamburg, via PITZ at the Zeuthen site, to the international experiments at the LHC or the telescopes lceCube at the South Pole, H.E.S.S. in Namibia or the future Cherenkov Telescope Array CTA. Daily tasks include 3D design, computations, preparation of production documents, definition of technological processes and commissioning of the developed devices.


The position


  • Development and design of complex mechanical components and devices for experiments in particle physics
  • Execution of simulations and calculations for design optimisation
  • Work in international cooperations
  • Ordering of components for technical installations
  • Preparation of production drawings and documents
  • Supervision of production and assembly




  • Completed Bachelor’s degree in the field of scientific instrumentation, mechanical engineering or physical engineering or equivalent expertise, skills and experience
  • Good expertise and experience in mechanical design, CAD (ideally SIEMENS TC NX10) and FEM simulation (ANSYS)
  • Good specialist knowledge and sound experience in UHV technology, measurement technology, electrical engineering and sensor technology
  • Many years of experience in the independent development of complex designs and their documentation
  • Ability to collaborate in assembly and testing
  • Ability to participate in international working groups and to work on own authority and systematically within a team
  • Skills in spoken and written German and English

For further information please contact Sebastian Philipp +49-33762-7-7421.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with those of public service organisations in Germany. Classification is based upon qualifications and assigned duties. Handicapped persons will be given preference to other equally qualified applicants. DESY operates flexible work schemes. DESY is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women. Vacant positions at DESY are in general open to part-timework.


During each application procedure DESY will assess whether the post can be filled with part-time employees.
We are looking forward to your application via our application system:

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department | Code: FSMA078/2018
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg | 22607 Hamburg Germany
Phone: +49 40 8998-3392

Deadline for applications: 2019/01/13

The Theoretical Astrophysics section (TAT) at the University of Tübingen is inviting applications for:


  • 1 postdoctoral position, (Wissenschaftlicher Assistant / Research Assistant), starting from 1st of October 2019 with initial duration of 2 years which can be extended for up to 5 years.
  • 1 postdoctoral position funded by DFG, starting from 1st of October 2019 (or earlier) with duration of up to 3 years
  • 1 PhD position starting from 1st of October 2019 with duration of up to 3 years


Deadline for applications: February 15, 2019.


The successful applicant will carry out original research in projects focusing in the dynamics of rotating and/or magnetised neutron stars in relation to the emission of gravitational waves.

The research activities of TAT are related to the study of sources of gravitational waves with emphasis on the dynamics of neutron stars and black-holes. The group currently consists of four (4) post-doctoral researchers, three (3) PhD students and seven (7) MSc students.


Detailed information about the positions can be found in:
Position I :
Position II :
Position III :


Applications, including curriculum vitae, list of publications, statement of research interests and experience, and the names (address, e-mail) of three potential referees should be sent to:

Prof. Kostas Kokkotas
Theoretical Astrophysics (IAAT), University of Tübingen, D-72076 Tübingen, Germany.


Further information on the Theoretical Astrophysics Group may be found at :


Applications by e-mail are welcome. All applications will receive full consideration until the position is filled. The University of Tuebingen seeks to increase the fraction of female scientists in research and teaching and particularly encourages applications from women. Disabled candidates are given preference if equally qualified.

Assistant Professor for HE gamma-ray astronomy – CTA LST Project
Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo


The Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR), The University of Tokyo, Japan, is a research center in the fields of Cosmic Ray and Astroparticle Physics and has a longstanding history in these fields. We are looking for two Assistant Professors who can
work for the CTA (Cherenkov Telescope Array) Project in our institute. The High-Energy Gamma-Ray group at ICRR is deeply involved in the CTA Project and its construction, and leading the development and construction of the CTA Large Size Telescopes (LSTs).


The position (CTA AP ELEC 01): The successful applicant must work on the production, qualification and operation of readout electronics, and the construction of data acquisition systems for four LSTs at La Palma in Spain. After the construction, she / he should work on HE gamma-ray astronomy and Astroparticle physics using the data from CTA / CTA-LSTs.


The position (CTA AP OPT 02): The successful applicant must work on the production, qualification and operation of focal plane instruments and electronics, light guides, and active mirror control systems for four LSTs at La Palma in Spain. After the
construction, she / he should work on HE gamma-ray astronomy and Astroparticle physics using the data from CTA / CTA-LSTs.


Since CTA is a quite large international project, applicants with an international mind are strongly encouraged. Applicants should have a PhD degree or be about to complete it. The successful applicant is expected to start working at ICRR, The University of Tokyo, anytime on the earliest possible date after 1st April 2019. The salary and benefits depend on the scientific career of the successful applicant and are defined for the assistant professor in the articles for the Faculty Employment of the University of Tokyo. The employment contract is permanent. The University of Tokyo encourages applications by scientists with foreign nationalities and female scientists according to the University of Tokyo’s equal opportunities employment policy.


The applicants will be screened on the basis of their application documents, and candidates will be invited for interviews scheduled in March / April 2019. The applicants shall submit the following documents in PDF format by e-mail, to be received before 12:00 JST (Japan Standard Time) on 18th February 2019:


0) The applicants can apply one of the two positions or both positions with the cover page mentioning “Application to the position of Assistant Professor for CTA-LST at ICRR, The University of Tokyo, with a suffix of (CTA ELEC AP01), (CTA OPT AP02), or (CTA ELEC AP01 and OPT AP02)”,
1) Curriculum Vitae (including your e-mail address, and the statement of PhD holder or schedule of the PhD defense),
2) Research experience on three pages,
3) Publication list and copies of the most important publications (up to 5 papers — please put marks on the publication list), and a list of oral presentations in conferences and workshops,
4) Possible date when you can start to work,
5) Research Plan on three pages.
6) Two letters of reference should be arranged to be sent directly to the e-mail address given below.


All the above documents shall be sent in due time to the following address:
For further information, please contact Prof. Masahiro Teshima with e-mail address