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 features some of the available CTA-related positions with CTA’s Consortium institutes.


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CTA Consortium Positions

Postdoctoral scientist position

Multimessenger astrophysics with very-high-energy gamma rays


The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Alabama has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral position in the field of very-high-energy gamma-ray astrophysics with a focus on multimessenger connections with neutrinos and gravitational waves.


The VERITAS/CTA group at UA is involved in the search for multimessenger sources of neutrinos and gravitational waves with VERITAS, the study of active galactic nuclei, and the development and commissioning of a prototype dual-mirror Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope (pSCT) for CTA.


The successful candidate will participate in the analysis of VERITAS and related multiwavelength observations of multimessenger targets and active galactic nuclei. The candidate will also contribute to the development of control and data acquisition and analysis software for the pSCT and participate in the pSCT commissioning activities at the VERITAS site. The neutrino follow-up studies will be performed in close collaboration with the local IceCube group working on TeV-PeV neutrino source searches.


Applicants must have a PhD (or be near completion) in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field and should have experience in the analysis of high-energy astrophysics data and strong software development skills. Experience working with DAQ electronics would be considered an asset. The initial position will be for 2 years, but may be extended based on fund availability.


Applications should be submitted electronically at


The application should include a cover letter (addressing how the job requirements are met), a statement of purpose (explaining the scientific goals of the candidate), and a current CV including a list of publications. At least two recommendation letters should be sent directly to Dr. Marcos Santander, Submitters and recommenders are asked to please specify “Gamma-ray postdoc” in the subject of the email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position available with the Centre for Space Research, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.


Our group has been involved in theoretical modelling of pulsars and pulsar-related systems (isolated pulsars, pulsar wind nebulae, globular clusters, and pulsar binaries) within a multi-wavelength context, but with a special focus on high-energy and very-high-energy gamma rays. We have contributed to science cases and data interpretation for H.E.S.S., Fermi LAT and CTA. We have also more recently become involved in radio astronomy projects that will increase our footprint in the MeerKAT and SKA communities.


The successful candidate will be involved in multi-wavelength modelling and / or data analysis. He / she will strengthen our ties with the radio community and will also be responsible to co-supervise graduate students and perform outreach duties.


This position is available from March 2020 or soon thereafter for a period of 2 years (including a 1-year probation period) with a possible extension, depending on funding. Suitable candidates should have completed a PhD in Astronomy / Astrophysics before the time of appointment, and should have a strong record of active publishing and professional involvement in the field at an international level. The candidate should be well-organised, self-motivated, willing to travel and have good writing / oral communication and programming skills.


The remuneration package is market-related, and the details thereof will be discussed with short-listed candidates. The application deadline is 31 October 2019. Administrative support in terms of visa application and relocation will be provided, but this will not include any financial contribution.


For further information or submission of an application (that should consist of a curriculum vitae and a description of research interests and career goals), please contact Prof. Christo Venter,


Applicants should also ensure that two reference letters reach this email before the application deadline.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Experimental/Observational VHE gamma-ray astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah has an immediate opening for a Research Associate in the field of experimental/observational Very High Energy (VHE) gamma-ray astronomy. The Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Research Group at the University of Utah uses the VERITAS and HAWC observatories to study of the high-energy astrophysical phenomena from both Galactic and extragalactic sources in collaboration with satellite-borne observatories (FERMI, Swift), as well as gravitational-wave and high-energy neutrino observatories (LIGO, ICECUBE). The Utah gamma-ray group is a leader in the development of Stellar Intensity interferometry for the imaging of nearby bright stars at optical wavelengths and in the design and commissioning of a wide field-of-view prototype Schwartzschild-Couder Telescope (pSCT) for the future CTA gamma-ray observatory. The University of Utah is located in scenic Salt Lake City, adjacent to staggering mountain vistas, world class outdoor recreation, and a vibrant arts and culture scene bolstered by a metro population of over 1 million people.


The successful candidate will participate in the multiwavelength analysis of VERITAS/HAWC observations of Galactic VHE sources, including diffuse, extended sources, and periodic sources (High Mass X-ray binaries). The candidate may also participate in the development and commissioning of the VERITAS Stellar Intensity Interferometer, or the NSF-MRI funded upgrade to the pSCT camera. The work will be performed in close collaborations with colleagues in the VERITAS, HAWC, FERMI, CTA and VERITAS-SII collaborations. The applicant will be expected to take required observation shifts at the VERITAS and/or HAWC observatory.


Applicants must have earned a PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field by the time of their appointment to the position. The ideal applicant will have experience in the analysis of high-energy astrophysics data and strong software development skills. Experience with experimental astrophysics instrumentation is a strong asset. The initial position is for two years, but may be extended based upon availability of funding and mutual agreement.


Applications should be submitted directly to Prof. David Kieda, The application should include a cover letter (describing how the candidate’s background matches the job qualifications), a statement of interest (explaining scientific goals of the applicant), and a current CV including a list of publications. At least two letters of reference should be sent directly to Prof. Kieda at the email listed above. Applicants and references are requested to include the phrase “UU Gamma-Ray Postdoc” in the subject of the email.

Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365. The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.