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The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) will be the first and world’s largest and most sensitive ground-based gamma-ray observatory covering the full sky. It will detect high-energy radiation from the Universe with unprecedented accuracy and better sensitivity than any current instrument, providing novel insights into the most extreme events in the Universe. The CTAO gGmbH is the interim legal entity in the preparation of the design and implementation of the CTAO, until the final legal entity, a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CTAO ERIC), is achieved. The CTAO ERIC will be responsible for the construction and operation of the Observatory.

 

CTAO has four locations: the Headquarters currently in Heidelberg (Germany) moving to Bologna (Italy), the Science Data Management Centre (SDMC) in Zeuthen (Germany), and the two array sites at the two hemispheres. CTAO’s Northern Array Site is located on the existing site of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias’ (IAC’s) Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palma (Spain). CTAO’s Southern Array Site is less than 10 km southeast of the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO’s) existing Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert (Chile). Three classes of telescopes spread over a large area will be installed: Large-Sized Telescopes (LST, 23m diameter), Medium-Sized Telescopes (MST, 12m diameter), and Small-Sized Telescopes (SST, 4m diameter).

 

CTAO gGmbH is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are accepted without distinction on any grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, gender identity, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.

 

Read about the privacy policy on the personal data processing of candidates.

 

 

In addition to the CTAO gGmbH employment opportunities, this page features the open CTAO Secondment Positions and some of the available positions within the Cherenkov Telescope Array Consortium (CTAC) institutes.

CTAO gGmbH Positions

CTAO is seeking to recruit an Office Assistant for its site in Bologna (Italy):

 

Your key responsibilities:

  • Ensure that office operations run smoothly
  • Act as first point of contact for visitors and guests
  • Check the office supplies and support the purchasing activities for office stationery
  • Provide general administrative support – e.g., timesheets, holiday and travel request, records and files updating, organization of medical checks and safety training, etc.
  • Screen and prioritize incoming calls, mails and visitors
  • Event support – e.g., organize meeting rooms, catering, restaurant, taxies, etc.
  • Manage meeting rooms – make the reservation and prepare necessary materials and equipment
  • Assist management with travel arrangements and documents processing
  • Other office-related tasks

 

 

Your qualifications and technical skills:

  • High school diploma in foreign languages, administrative support, accountancy or similar. Degree or other certifications will be considered as a plus
  • Minimum 2 years of experience as office assistant, accountant or other
  • Relevant administrative role in an international context
  • In-depth understanding of entire MS Office

 

 

Your social skills:

  • Very good English and Italian (business level), Spanish and German are a plus
  • Strong professional communications skills (written and oral)
  • Good time management skills
  • Initiative, problem solving, diplomacy and confidentiality are appreciated

 

You’ll be reporting to:

Director of Administration / Managing Director

 

Your duty station:

CTAO Bologna Offices (Italy)

 

What we offer:

Attractive remuneration package and full-time contract subject to successful completion of the probation period.

 

How to apply:

Applications with full CV and a cover letter in English should be sent to ctao-recruitment@cta-observatory.org, indicating position reference “Office Assistant (M/F/D)” and the names of two referees with contact details.

 

By submitting applications candidates:

– Acknowledge CTAO might contact referees at any stage of the process without prior notice.

– Authorize the processing of their Personal Data as stated in CTAO Privacy policy on the personal data processing of candidate

 

For more information on CTAO please visit www.cta-observatory.org.

 

Applications are accepted without distinction on any grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, gender identity, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation. We also welcome every professional belonging to Protected Categories (Law 68/99).

 

Closing date: 17.07.2022

CTAO Secondment Positions

CTA Consortium Positions

The UMCE Physics Department is searching for candidates who may propose research projects to the Chilean funding agency FONDECYT, sponsored by UMCE professors. Among different fields, there are available positions for very high-energy astrophysics (CTAC and SWGO) sponsored by Andreas Reisenegger (andreas.reisenegger@umce.cl). Chile hosts many of the largest telescopes in the world, 10% of whose observing time is reserved to local scientists. It will also host several next-generation telescopes and observatories, including the Vera C. Rubin Observatory (LSST), Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), and Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO).

 

FONDECYT has an open call with deadline 28 April 2022 for 2- or 3-year postdoctoral grants starting on 15 April 2023 and covering salary, research expenses, and a relocation allowance. Candidates should have obtained their PhD between 1 January 2019 and 31 August 2022, with extensions to earlier dates for female applicants who have had children since then.

 

We urge candidates to contact ASAP the professor closest to their interests, sending their CV (including PhD graduation date and a list of publications) and a brief description of research interests.

 

All details: Link

Job applications and further inquiries: Prof. Andreas Reisenegger (andreas.reisenegger@umce.cl)