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. The office is currently located in Heidelberg, Germany, but will be moving to the new CTA Headquarters in Bologna, Italy in early 2017. All of the open positions listed below will not be open for application until mid-2017. 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.


CTAO gGmbH is an equal opportunity employer.

CTAO gGmbH / Project Office Positions

(Accepting prospective applications.)


The CTA Project Office in Heidelberg, Germany but moving to Bologna, Italy in 2017 is responsible for coordinating the project and intends to recruit up to 20 individuals in the following disciplines and roles:


  • Coordination of on-site infrastructure design and implementation
  • Site Managers (to be located at array sites; Spanish required)
  • Risk Manager/Project Support
  • Resource Coordination
  • Systems Engineers – Requirements/V&V
  • Systems Engineers (General, Mechanical, Electrical/Control Systems, Software, Array Control)
  • Maintenance and Operations Engineer
  • CAD Modeller/Design Engineer
  • Engineer/Coordinator for Production/Logistics/Assets


We welcome speculative applications at various levels of experience (as well as some paid internships) in these or related areas. Contracts will initially be for two years with the strong possibility of renewal. Email applications to with a CV and cover letter. CTA is an equal opportunity employer.

(Accepting prospective applications.)


An experienced and versatile safety engineer is required to assure safety across all aspects of the CTA Construction Project from instrument damage to human factors. The role will evolve throughout the phases of the project and would ideally suit someone with an aerospace, rail, automotive or civil background, or other technology industry which has an embedded engineering safety management culture.


In the present phase of the project the safety engineer will be required to examine the designs and plans developed by the autonomous project teams to ensure that safety (both human and instrument safety) has been taken into account; in terms of the eventual operation of the instrument but also during other stages such as manufacture, installation, commissioning and maintenance. This is in order to avoid costly redesign later and to ensure that any residual safety risk is quantified and as low as reasonably practicable.


The safety engineer will develop and implement the project’s safety plan ensuring that for any residual risk that cannot be designed-out, perhaps by failure or degraded-mode operation, mitigation plans are put in place such as safe operating procedures. The safety engineer in the first instance will be responsible to the lead systems engineer but ultimately to the project manager.


Duties and responsibilities include:


  • Work towards ensuring that a safety culture is embedded in the project and future observatory;
  • Anticipate, identify and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices;
  • Document safety requirements and develop hazard control designs, methods, procedures and programmes;
  • Implement, administer and advise others on hazard control programmes;
  • Measure, audit and evaluate the effectiveness of safety practices;
  • Examine failure modes which may affect safety in conjunction with other engineers;
  • Assess designs beyond satisfying standards, regulations and requirements;
  • Manage external safety experts as required;
  • Any other activities that are necessary to ensure safety across the project.


CTA considers safety to be an extremely high priority and in later construction phases the safety engineer will have the authority to stop activities deemed to be unsafe. Eventually the safety engineer may be required to visit work sites, analyzing data and presenting reports to senior management to ensure that the safety procedures in place are being followed. The post holder must be highly experienced and ideally a chartered engineer by profession, and present the gravitas appropriate for such an important post.


Employment will be based at the CTA Project Office in Bologna, Italy.  Applications and questions should be forwarded to with a CV and cover letter.


CTA is an equal opportunity employer.

(Accepting prospective applications.)


An experienced risk manager is required to manage the risks to the CTA Construction Project. The project is divided into a number of autonomous work packages each contributing to the central project. The risk manager’s role is to manage risks at the central project level but also to ensure that the work packages are effectively managing their risks, and where necessary transferring critical work-package risks to the central management system. The risk manager will report to the project manager and will be accountable and responsible for the CTA Construction Project risk management plan and its successful implementation.


Specific duties include:


  • Planning, designing and implementing an overall risk management process for the project, including using our shared IT systems;
  • Risk assessment, involving identifying, analysing, describing and estimating the risks affecting the project;
  • Risk evaluation, involving comparing estimated risks with criteria such as costs, legal requirements and environmental factors, and evaluating the project’s previous handling of risks;
  • Ensuring that specific as well as generic risks are identified and managed;
  • Liaising with specialists regarding technical risks;
  • Establishing and quantifying the project’s risk appetite;
  • Establishing risk mitigation measures and contingency actions/procedures and their associated costs and implications, quantifying the project’s current exposure to risk;
  • Encouraging the adoption of risk awareness and management across the project, and helping workpackages implement a risk management plan as well as monitoring its effectiveness;
  • Providing support, education and training to project team members to build risk awareness across the project;
  • Risk reporting in an appropriate way for different audiences and stakeholders;
  • Maintaining compliance with standards;
  • Conducting audits of policy and compliance to standards across the project.


The post-holder must take a pro-active attitude in searching out risks before they happen and ensure that the project is continually aware of its risk exposure. Whilst an appropriate risk management qualification would be useful, significant risk management experience in a high-technology discipline with significant non-technical risks is considered more important for this role.


Employment will be based at the CTA Project Office in Bologna, Italy.  Applications and questions should be forwarded to with a CV and cover letter.


CTA is an equal opportunity employer.

CTA Consortium Positions

The IceCube and CTA group of the Department of Particle Physics at University of Geneva have an opening for a PostDoctoral Assistant to pursue postdoctoral research in Astroparticle Physics and Photosensors.


Further information can be found here.


Application deadline is October 15th, 2017.

Optimizing CTA performance for Galactic science (within the project: Preparing OCEVU’s CTA Science (CTASci))


The OCEVU (“Origins, Constituents and Evolution of the Universe”) Labex, a research federation of French labs in Marseille, Montpellier and Toulouse, invites applications for a post-doctoral position based at CPPM, Marseille working on the preparation of the scientific exploitation of CTA.

The proposed post-doc project will focus on the optimization of CTA’s instrument response function with emphasis on the high-energy region (>10 TeV). Arcminute resolution is needed to study both the morphology of SNRs and to resolve possible new sources in galactic surveys. Improved energy resolution and effective area is mandatory to identify possible spectral features of SNRs such as cutoffs or breaks and to have the capability to detect faint young SNRs that are very promising candidates for PeVatron sources (cosmic ray accelerators to PeV energies). With the optimized point-spread function, the sucessfull candidate will investigate the science potential of resolving emission regions in Galactic supernova remnants, and of disentangling new high-energy sources in the Galactic survey. The potential for detecting PeVatrons with CTA will be investigated.
The candidate will also have the opportuninty to contribute to the ongoing effort of the CPPM group on the optimisation of the Monte Carlo simulation of CTA. In particular CPPM is currently involved in the project of the SST prototype (GCT) simulations contributing to the study of the performance of the first CTA layout including a SST sub-array. CPPM is also involved in the NectarCam project for the construction of an end-to end camera for the MST telescope and is responsible for the development of the EventBuilder and Camera Server of the camera. First data are available both from the complete GCT prototype that is taking data on sky at the Paris Observatory in Meudon since March 2017.
Calibration data are also available for the first module of the NectarCam camera . The CPPM group has started first data-MC comparisons.
Candidates for the position should hold a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Astroparticle Physics or equivalent. The candidate should have a good background in high-energy astrophysics and programming experience in C/C++ and/or Python. Experience in Imaging Air Cherenkov Telescope data analysis is seen as beneficial.

The position is for 1 year + possibly 2 years (depending on funding, to be confirmed by end of 2017).
The appointment will start the 15th November 2017. The net monthly salary will be in the range of 1960 € to 2640 € and commensurate with experience and qualification. Research budget of 2000 € /year and all basic insurance benefits will be provided.
Applicants should provide a a cover letter detailing the candidate’s interest and qualifications for the project, a detailed curriculum vitae including a publication list, a statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation, emailed directly to .

The application due is 30 September 2017.

Informal enquiries and applications should be addressed to Dr. Heide Costantini (+33 4 91 82 72 57,

Duration of the postdoc contract (years): 1 (+ 2 depending on funding)

Post-doctoral position at the IFAE Gamma-Ray Astronomy group


The Gamma-ray Astronomy group at IFAE invites outstanding young researchers to apply for a post-doctoral position within the CTA and MAGIC projects.
IFAE is a worldwide-recognized center for fundamental research in physics, including Particle Physics, Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology, and provides an international, dynamic and competitive environment for training of young researchers. IFAE is one of the few Spanish research institutes awarded with the Severo Ochoa distinction for excellence on research (recently renewed for the 2017-2021 period).
The gamma-ray astronomy group at IFAE is among the leading groups in the ongoing installation of the first CTA Large Size Telescope (LST-1) and the development of CTA Northern site at La Palma. The group is also responsible for significant hardware elements of the MAGIC telescopes and for its Data Center. The successful candidate is expected to join the group’s efforts in one or more of the following areas:


– Scientific analysis and interpretation of observations with the MAGIC telescopes.
– Installation, commissioning and first science with LST-1 and the first telescopes of CTANorth.
– Development of the trigger and calibration systems, and Science prospects for e-ASTROGAM.


We offer a 3-year contract, with an annual gross salary of 36252,82€ plus a single payment of 1504,89€ relocation support (Spanish tax and social security deductions apply). The position offered is part of PROBIST, an international post-doctoral fellowship program led by the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) of which IFAE is a member. PROBIST is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 754510. Details of the position and of the PROBIST call can be found here:


The deadline for applications is Nov 1st, 2017. Eligible candidates should hold a PhD degree in Physics or Astrophysics at the time of the deadline. The PhD must not have been awarded more than 5 years prior to the deadline, and the candidates should not have spent in Spain more than 12 months in the previous three years. Incorporation of the successful candidate is tentatively foreseen for March-April 2018, but can be negotiated with the group.


Applications must be submitted through the PROBIST website


Technical questions on the application procedure can be addressed at Ms. Marta Balza ( Any inquiries specific to the position described above can be addressed at Dr. Óscar Blanch ( and Dr. Abelardo Moralejo (