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

CTAO gGmbH, Bologna (HQ in Heidelberg, Germany) is an organisation that prepares the establishment of an international observatory for high-energy astrophysics. CTAO’s shareholders are international research institutes located worldwide. Company language is English.


Your future tasks:

  • Coordinate and fix appointments for management group members
  • Coordinate and organize meetings and telecons with up to 40 participants
  • Create, propose, discuss and finalize agendas
  • Manage related files and maintain related databases
  • General administrative and secretarial duties

You are:

  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • Commercially trained and experienced in MS Office tools (Word, Excel, MS PowerPoint) and willing to learn new software (InDiCo, SharePoint)
  • A good team-player and organized to work independently
  • Looking forward to the pioneering challenges in a fast-growing company enjoying an excellent team spirit


Please send your CV and cover letter by 02 March 2018 to

CTA’s communications and outreach strategy has, thus far, been dedicated to the development of a solid foundation for long-term communications. With the foundation established, CTA’s strategy is being expanded to the development of outreach and education programs and materials for CTA’s various target groups, including the public, media, educators, the CTA collaboration, the local/national communities of CTA sites and key decision-makers. Thus, CTA seeks a qualified, Spanish-speaking candidate for the position of outreach and education coordinator, which entails the following duties and responsibilities:


  • Develop a comprehensive and measurable CTA outreach and education strategy and plan
  • Work with the Outreach and Communications Officer to identify opportunities to increase CTA’s visibility and to establish strategic alliances with local and international outreach organisations (museums, planetariums, schools, scientific organizations, etc.), in close cooperation with CTA host site partners European Southern Observatory (ESO) and Institut de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC)
  • Develop and implement education programs and tools about CTA science and technology for all education levels – elementary through advanced degree
  • Conduct school workshops and teacher training
  • Develop interactive exhibits for fixed and mobile demonstrations of CTA science and technology
  • Coordinate and attend worldwide events and exhibitions
  • Produce multimedia in English and Spanish for outreach and communications initiatives
  • Support the Outreach and Communications Officer in the promotion of CTA through CTA’s various channels (events, media, social media, web, newsletter)
  • Develop content in English and, specifically, Spanish for CTA materials and channels


The ideal candidate will possess knowledge and experience in the following areas:


  • Ability to communicate and provide instruction about science and technology to both the public and science communities through various media and public engagement activities
  • Experience in developing scientific education programs, materials and activities for basic to advanced learning groups
  • Experience in education and public engagement in science, ideally in astronomy and/or astrophysics
  • Experience producing written science communication in English and Spanish
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively in an international environment with people from different countries and cultures
  • Proactive and self-motivated with good organizational skills
  • Strong MS Office skills; Adobe design skills a plus


Fundamental requirements:


  • University degree either in astronomy/astrophysics/physics or a related field or in science communication/journalism
  • An excellent command of written and spoken English and fluency in written and spoken Spanish
  • Ability to travel frequently


The position is based in Bologna, Italy in a new building shared with the University Department of Physics and Astronomy and will require an introductory period of 1-2 months in Heidelberg, Germany. The position is permanent with a two-month trial period. Salary is based on professional experience.


Forward applications to Megan Grunewald ( with a CV, cover letter and two writing samples (one English, one Spanish) by 19 February 2018.​ All inquiries should be forwarded to the same address or by calling +49 6221 516471.


The position is open immediately. CTA is an equal opportunity employer.

CTA Consortium Positions

The Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) is an international PhD school and a center for research and higher education in the areas of Astroparticle Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Social Sciences. The research interests of the Physics department are focused on Astroparticle Physics, and includes physics of deep underground laboratories (neutrino physics, direct dark matter searches, nuclear astrophysics) and studies of cosmic radiation (cosmic rays, gamma rays, gravitational waves and astrophysical neutrinos), covering both theoretical and experimental aspects, also in collaboration with the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics ( and the local LIGO/VIRGO, GRAWITA (, AUGER and CTA groups.


GSSI is now accepting applications for 5 postdoctoral positions. We are looking for candidates who have experience in one of the research topics of interest of our Institute but candidates who have shown excellence in other relevant fields and are willing to broaden their research interests will be considered. Candidates who are expected to obtain their PhD by September 2018 are also encouraged to apply.


The appointment is for two years starting around autumn 2018 and the yearly salary amounts € 36,000.00 gross including generous travel benefits.


Deadline: 2nd of March 2018, at 6 p.m. (Central European Time)


For further information, and instructions on how to apply, please visit

Two-year position in Inria at Saclay to work together with the DESY team on the CTA operator GUI.


The position is part of the agreement of DESY and Inria to contribute to the design and development of the CTA operator interface using novel technologies. The selected candidate will integrate in the ILDA team in Saclay, joining as well the DESY CTA team working in the Observation Execution System. Occasional visits to Zeuthen are expected. The ILDA team is also involved, among other projects, in the design of the GUIs for ALMA and LSST.


All the details of the position are described here.


Deadline: 28.02.2018

The gamma-ray group in the Erlangen Center for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP) , of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg is seeking outstanding individuals for one or more PhD student positions (0.5 TV-L 13) to contribute to the development of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA).


The PhD student will work in the group of Prof. Stefan Funk. Research in the group focusses on high-energy astrophysics, observationally (data analysis and interpretation of H.E.S.S.-II, Fermi-LAT, simulations for CTA) as well as hardware activities for CTA (FlashCam, CHEC).


Areas of research for these positions would be a combination of the following areas:


  • Development and evaluation of camera electronics for CTA
  • Data analysis and simulations for CTA
  • Improvements to the analysis of HESS Phase-II data


ECAP offers a strong environment in the field of astroparticle physics. Research in the institute includes (but is not limited to) involvement in the Fermi-LAT, H.E.S.S., CTA, ANTARES, IceCube and Km3Net.


Successful applicants should have or be in the process of completing a degree in Astrophysics or Physics. They should posses a research background and provide evidence of outstanding potential. Relevant experience in hardware and software development and ability to work in a team is seen as beneficial. The positions have a 3-year term, can be started immediately and remain open until filled with suitable candidates.


The University of Erlangen-Nuremberg wishes to increase the participation of women in its research activities. Therefore applications by women are particularly welcome. The University of Erlangen-Nuremberg is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.


Applications, including a Statement of Interest, CV and contact information of reference persons should be sent to Prof. Dr. Stefan Funk (

The Centre for Space Research at North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research associate in high-energy astrophysics. The successful candidate will work in the group of Prof. Markus Boettcher and is expected to carry out research in  high-energy astrophysics relevant to the group’s active involvement in H.E.S.S. and CTA. The candidate must have obtained his/her Ph.D. not more than 5 years before the starting date of the appointment, with research experience either in high-energy astrophysics theory or multiwavelength observations.


The starting date is June 1, 2018, or any mutually agreed-upon date thereafter. The appointment will be initially for one year and may be extended to up to 3 years, depending on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.


Interested applicants please send a CV, list of publications, statement of research experience and interests, and the contact information of 3 references, to Markus Boettcher ( by March 1, 2018.

For further information, please e-mail

Position: Postdoc
Duration: 12 months
Starting date: Spring 2018
Project: The postdoc fellow will join the activities of the Torino Group within the CTA and MAGIC International Collaborations.


These activities include:

• Development and test of a protoype module of a SiPM-based camera for the LST of CTA
• Monte Carlo simulations for CTA
• Analysis of the first data from the prototypes (LST and SCT) in the commissioning phase
• Data Analysis of the MAGIC Telescopes data (in particular transient follow-ups and astroparticle science cases)


Requirements: Ph. D. in Physics, Astronomy or Astroparticle Physics

Contacts: For further details and information, please contact:


Dr. Federico Di Pierro,, +39.011.6707488
Prof. Andrea Chiavassa,, +39.011.6707350
Dr. Piero Vallania,, +39.011.6707349
Dr. Carlo Vigorito,, +39.011.6707349

Two research positions in advanced instrumentation and techniques for particle physics, astrophysics or medical applications.

The Institut de Física d’Altes Energies (IFAE, invites candidates to apply for one of two research positions in advanced instrumentation and techniques for particle physics, astrophysics or medical applications. Appointments will be at the tenure-track level. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Significant startup funds will be provided.

Review of applications will start on 12 of March 2018 and continue until the positions are filled. The anticipated starting date is Fall 2018, although earlier appointments may be considered.


Further information here.

Two postdoctoral positions at DESY in Zeuthen in gamma-ray astrophysics. The positions are focused on gamma-ray data analysis and interpretation in H.E.S.S., as well as CTA preparation efforts. Please see here for more details.

The LST collaboration opens an LST Telescope Manager position. The position is open from March 2018 until it is filled. The contract is initially for 2 years but can be extended upon satisfaction on both sides and funding availability. The salary is according to the Spanish public service payment system and depends on the candidates experience and qualification.


We seek strongly motivated candidates to live and work in La Palma with experience in large projects. The successful candidate should be fluent in English and Spanish in writing and speaking and should hold a degree in Physics or Engineering.


The main tasks will be:

1) Daily follow up of the LSTs construction and commissioning activities, joining the teams if needed.
2) Act as contact person onsite for institutes, companies, local administration and the Instituto Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) as well as the ORM.
3) Organization of shipments, customs import/export process, storage and maintenance of the facilities at La Palma.
4) Receives and supports commissioners and operators, manages travel schedule for onsite visits and works.
5) Implements safety and health regulations: control, paperwork, emergencies.
6) Takes care of running costs for purchases and contracts with local companies.
7) Reports to the LST Project Management.


The LST collaboration aims to increase the number of women in research and education: women are strongly encouraged to apply.


The applications should contain a candidate’s CV, an expression of interest, and names of two reference persons. The documents should be sent by email to with a deadline of March 10, 2018.


In case of questions and further information feel free to contact Dr. Juan Cortina (LST Co-PI) and Dr. Daniel Mazin (LST Project Manager)