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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

The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) is searching for a Director General to lead the organization. The Director General has the overall responsibility for the management of the organization in charge of the construction and future operation of Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory.

 

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is a multinational project to observe extremely high energy photons from the Universe with greatly improved sensitivity than has been done previously. On the site of the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos on La Palma (Canaries, Spain) and at the European Southern Observatory in Chile about 120 telescopes will be installed, in order to measure the Cherenkov radiation produced by the atmospheric particle showers initiated by cosmic photons.

 

About 200 research institutions from 32 countries are involved in designing and prototyping this large scale research infrastructure. While the construction of the infrastructure on the sites and all software development is to be managed centrally, most of the telescopes and other scientific components will be delivered as in-kind contributions by interested institutions from all over the world. According to present plans the majority of construction is scheduled to be complete by 2024 within a budget of 400 M€. The observatory is designed for 30 years of operational lifetime. The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory headquarters for operation and administration will be set-up in Bologna for the final legal entity. It will be supported by a Science Data Management Centre in Zeuthen near Berlin. Due to the distributed nature of this Research Infrastructure, regular travelling will be needed.

 

The current transition to the implementation phase is driven by a core of countries acting as the shareholders of the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory limited liability company through which the project is presently governed and funded.

 

We are seeking an internationally renowned science manager with several years of experience in successfully managing large Research Infrastructures or at least large international construction projects. Experience in the relevant experimental areas of CTA would be welcome in addition. He/She will be well experienced in negotiations with international partners and with funding agencies and ministries in particular. Further requirements include: outstanding leadership and communication skills, excellent knowledge of English, competence in contractual and economic affairs.

 

The Director General shall develop a team spirit that will secure immediate and long term the success of Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory. He will lead a Management Group which consists during construction of the Administrative Director, the Project Manager and the Director of Science Management. In future a Director of Operation will be also be a member of the Management Group. The Director General shall ensure and develop a suitable and optimal organisation for the transition from the construction to the operational phase of the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory. He/she shall also ensure the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory’s successful transition from the current to the final legal entity. An important responsibility of the Director General will be the management and further development of the distributed CTA-facility with its four sites.

 

CTAO is an equal opportunity employer and especially encourage applications from women.

 

Persons with disabilities will be given preference over other applicants with comparable qualifications.

 

The position is initially limited to a period of five years.

 

Applications should be submitted by September 1st, 2017 to the Chair and the Vice-Chair of the CTA-Council:

 

CTAO gGmbH

Dr. Paolo Vettolani and Dr. Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph
Chair and Vice Chair of the Council
Saupfercheckweg 1
D-69117 Heidelberg
Germany

or via e-mail:

vettolani@inaf.it and Vierkorn-Rudolph@t-online.de

 

For further information, please contact Dr. Vierkorn-Rudolph (Vierkorn-Rudolph@t-online.de).

(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 info@cta-observatory.org 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 info@cta-observatory.org 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 info@cta-observatory.org with a CV and cover letter.

 

CTA is an equal opportunity employer.

CTA Consortium Positions

The Institute of Astrophysics of Pontificia Universidad Catolica (IA-PUC) and the Center of Astro-Engineering of the Universidad Catolica (AIUC) invite applications for sponsoring postdoctoral research fellowships in the areas of observational, theoretical, computational astrophysics and/or instrumentation to work either on existing projects or in close collaboration with one or more faculty members at IA-PUC and/or AIUC.

Application deadline is August 31, 2017.

 

Further details can be found here.

The ICRR of the University of Tokyo is looking for a Project Assistant Professor and for Postdoctoral Fellows who can work for the CTA project in the institute.

 

Details on the position can be found here (Assistant Professor) and here (Postdoctoral Fellows).

 

Application deadline is August 25, 2017.

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.

The Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences (IAG) at the University of Sao Paulo (USP) invites applications for a position at the Assistant Professor (tenured) level. Outstanding candidates in Astronomical Instrumentation will be considered. Applications from minority and women candidates are encouraged.

 

The strength of the current faculty mainly lies in observational astronomy (radio to gamma-rays), theory, numerical simulations, with focus on stellar astrophysics, planetary dynamics, cosmology, galaxy evolution, black holes and high-energy astrophysics. We are seeking an instrumentation expert with a competitive research profile. The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to establish an internationally competitive research group in instrumentation and run the newly inaugurated labs for astronomical instrumentation at IAG USP to work with large projects (GMT, SOAR, CTA, LLAMA). There are ample funding opportunities from FAPESP—The Science Funding Agency of the State of Sao Paulo.

 

The successful candidate is expected to maintain a first-class research program, teach in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs, supervise students as well as postdocs, contribute broadly to the intellectual vitality of the institution, and provide service to the campus. The position will be open shortly; those interested, please contact claudia.oliveira@iag.usp.br shortly.

 

RANK: Tenured Assistant Professor.

SALARY: 10670.76 in Brazilian Reais (before taxes).

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D or equivalent foreign degree in Astronomy, Physics, or related field; desirable at least one year of postdoctoral or research lab experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated leadership experience in the area of instrumentation and research.

POSITION AVAILABLE: January 1st, 2018 (expected).

TO APPLY: Deadline is August 21. The selection process will start in Mid-2017. Candidates with the intention of participating are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible for further information (claudia.oliveira@iag.usp.br).

The Astroparticle Physics group at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT) UAMCSIC and the Department of Theoretical Physics at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) invites applications for one PhD position in Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, with a focus on dark matter searches.

 

This is a 3+1 years PhD position funded by an “Atracción de Talento Investigador” grant awarded by Comunidad de Madrid regional government to Dr. Miguel A. Sánchez-Conde with the goal of elucidating the precise role of dark matter halo substructure in dark matter searches, and to search for it with current or planned gamma-ray telescopes. The one-year extension will be possible thanks to a “Severo Ochoa excellence” grant awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness to the IFT, where research in the frontiers of Elementary Particle Physics, Astroparticles and Cosmology is developed. The successful candidate is expected to start in October 2017.

 

The PhD project leader is a member of the Fermi LAT Collaboration and of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) Consortium. The student is expected to join and develop most of his/her work within these collaborations. The IFT Astroparticle Physics group has also broad expertise in the analysis of N-body cosmological simulation data, and possesses an excellent record/network of collaborations with (local, national and international) experts in both Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology. See www.miguelsanchezconde.com and http://dark.ft.uam.es/papp/ for further information about the project leader and group research activities.

 

Suitable candidates must hold a M.Sc. degree in Particle Physics or Astrophysics, and submit applications by e-mail before August 25th 2017 to receive full consideration.

The application (preferably in a single PDF) should include a cover letter, a CV, and a brief statement of research interests and experience (maximum 2 pages). Applicants must also arrange for 2 letters of recommendation to be sent separately to the same e-mail address below.

 

Further inquires about the positions are welcome.

 

Dr. Miguel A. Sánchez-Conde
‘Comunidad de Madrid Atracción de Talento Investigador’ senior researcher
Instituto de Física Teórica, IFT UAM-CSIC
Departamento de Física Teórica
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
e-mail: miguel.sanchezconde@uam.es
http://www.miguelsanchezconde.com

Postdocs (f/m) in Gamma-ray Astrophysics

 

DESY is one of the world’s leading research centres for photon science, particle and astroparticle physics as well as accelerator physics. The Zeuthen location of DESY has a strong focus on astroparticle physics, particularly gamma-ray and neutrino astronomy. The experimental groups are accompanied by a strong astroparticle theory group.

 

The position
– Active role in the CTA consortium
– Contributions to one of the small telescope camera projects (CHEC): hardware, firmware, and/or reconstruction software and performance aspects
– Preparing for science with CTA
– Gamma-ray data analysis and interpretation of existing telescopes within the institutes gamma-ray group

 

Requirements
– Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or astroparticle physics
– Experience in instrumentation, data acquisition, data analysis or simulations in astroparticle physics, high-energy physics or astrophysics

 

For further information please contact Dr. David Berge (david.berge@desy.de).

 

The position is limited initially to 2 years with the possibility of an extension. 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-time-work. During each application procedure DESY will assess whether the post can be filled with part-time employees.

We are looking forward to your application quoting the reference code preferably via our electronic application System: Online-Application

 

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department j Code: FHPO008/2017
Notkestraße 85 j 22607 Hamburg j Germany j Phone: +49 40 8998-3392
Deadline for applications: Until the positions are filled.
www.desy.de

Computing Scientist (f/m) to support the software development for the CTA

 

DESY is one of the world’s leading research centres for photon science, particle and astroparticle physics as well as accelerator physics. The Data Processing group is responsible for the IT infrastructure at DESY in Zeuthen and is also supporting the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) project.

 

Inside CTA the Array Control and Data Acquisition (ACTL) team is developing the core elements to control and monitor CTA during science operations. We are looking for a computer scientist or a physicist supporting the introduction of new concepts of Data Center system management, working on the Open-Stack project as well as supporting the software development and testing activities of ACTL taking responsibility also for security in accordance with the
DESY computing rules.”

 

The position
Supporting ACTL software development by
– Installation and maintenance of web servers
– Implementation of procedures to deploy at large scale software artifacts and libraries, as well as associated services (e.g. Apache Maven)
– Installation and maintenance of a binary repository manager (e.g. Jfrog Artifactory)
– Linux operating system support, e.g. creation of RPM packages

 

Requirements
– Master/Diploma degree in computing science, computing engineering, physics or similar
– Experience as Linux system administrator (preferably with RHELderivatives)
– Experience in secure system and software configuration, in particular of web services
– Good knowledge of Linux virtualization techniques, containers and advanced Linux networking
– Ideally in depth knowledge of OpenStack, Kubernetes, OpenVSwitch and Ceph

 

For further information please contact Dr. Igor Oya Vallejo (igor.oya.vallejo@desy.de) or Dr. Peter Wegner (peter.wegner@desy.de).

 

The position is limited to 2 years. 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-time-work. During
each application procedure DESY will assess whether the post can be filled with part-time employees.

 

We are looking forward to your application quoting the reference code preferably via our electronic application System: Online-Application

 

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department j Code: FHMA035/2017
Notkestraße 85 j 22607 Hamburg j Germany j Phone: +49 40 8998-3392
Deadline for applications: 2 August 2017
www.desy.de