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


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CTA Consortium Positions

The High Energy Physics Group at Universidad Complutense de Madrid is opening a PhD position in astroparticle physics, focusing on dark matter searches and advanced machine-learning techniques applied to IACT’s data analysis. The deadline for applications is April 20.


Further information can be found here.


Inquires about the position are welcome and should be sent to

The LPNHE (Laboratoire de Physique Nucléaire et des Hautes Energies) is a laboratory of the IN2P3 (Institut National de Physique Nucléaire et de Physique des Particules) of the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), located on the Jussieu campus in Paris (France). The activities of LPNHE are centred on particle physics, astroparticle physics and cosmology. The gamma-ray astrophysics team at LPNHE is working on indirect search for dark matter, on tests of Lorentz invariance as well as on astrophysics of extragalactic sources using the data of the H.E.S.S. (High Energy Stereoscopic System) experiment, located in Namibia. The group is also involved in CTA hardware (in particular through the NectarCAM project) and science preparation.


The successful applicant, who should hold a PhD in astrophysics or astroparticle physics, will work within the CTA consortium, with a special focus on calibration tests and validation for the proposed NectarCAM design. He/She will also contribute to the implementation of analysis science tools being developed for CTA. In addition, he/she will have the opportunity to participate in temporal analyses of several types of sources (flaring AGN, pulsar, GRB) for the search of propagation or source intrinsic effects. In particular, the applicant could contribute to an ongoing collaborative effort amongst H.E.S.S., MAGIC and VERITAS collaborations to combine all available results of Lorentz Invariance Violation searches. Experience in data analysis in astroparticle physics or high energy physics is expected.


The contract period is 2 year long and will start after November 1, 2018. Applicants should hold a PhD with less than 2 years of professional experience after the PhD. Applications should include a CV, list of publications and a research statement, to be addressed to Dr. Jean-Philippe Lenain ( and Dr. Julien Bolmont ( The candidates should arrange for three reference letters to be sent directly. The deadline for applications is 31/05/2018.

Postdoctoral position in High-Energy Astrophysics


The CTA group at the Astrophysics department of IRFU invites applications for a post-doctoral research position in high-energy astrophysics in the context of the start of the construction of the telescope arrays and the first real data analysis.


The objective is to contribute to the development of the CTA data pipeline software, adapt the existing algorithms and develop new ideas in real data taking conditions, and in particular using data from first telescopes. This includes innovative atmospheric shower image cleaning methods; shower reconstruction algorithms; discrimination of gamma ray against the dominant cosmic ray background; and high-level analysis method for performance evaluations. A special attention will be given to performance for real-time reconstruction, the search for transient signals and the associated Science.


The candidates should hold a PhD in astroparticle or astrophysics with a strong motivation in software and algorithm developments, the understanding of experimental data and physics analysis. Most of the software will be written in Python and experience in object-oriented programming is appreciated.


The position is available from fall 2018 for a period of up to 3 years. The applicant should send the following documents in a digitized format to Thierry Stolarczyk (


  • A letter of motivation;
  • A curriculum vitae with a list of relevant publications;
  • The names of two references;
  • Letter(s) of recommendation.


The deadline for application is June 1st.

Post-doctoral Fellowship « Supernova remnants and Galactic PeVatrons at gamma-ray energies »


Our group exploits data from both the Large Area Telescope (LAT) on NASA’s Fermi satellite and from the telescopes of the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.). The group is also involved in CTA with a special focus on the development of analysis software. The fellow will work towards the search for Galactic proton accelerators. She/He will analyze gamma-ray data from H.E.S.S. and Fermi to look for efficient cosmic-ray accelerators in our Galaxy with a special interest on supernova remnants, star forming regions and superbubbles. The same analysis will be applied to CTA data as soon as they will become available. She/He will also develop theoretical models to infer observable properties of the sources which are accelerating PeV cosmic rays. The
number of such objects detectable by current and future gamma-ray instruments will be estimated.


We wish to hire a post-doctoral fellow experienced in data analysis and modeling of high energy sources. Useful skills include: previous experience with gamma-ray data (especially H.E.S.S. or Fermi), experience with supernova remnants or astrophysical systems having similar emission mechanisms, teamwork capabilities, communication skills and excellent knowledge of English. A PhD in physics or astrophysics is required.


The post-doctoral fellow will be based at the CENBG, a multidisciplinary physics laboratory of over a hundred people in a wooded suburban setting near Bordeaux. The gamma-ray astronomy group consists of seven people: a senior scientist studying active galactic nuclei with Fermi, four permanent staff and one post-doctoral fellow studying Galactic sources. A PhD student will also join the group in October 2018. The post-doctoral fellow is expected to work jointly with the ANR team PECORA led by Stefano Gabici. Team members are based in four different laboratories in addition to Bordeaux, all located in France: APC (Paris), CEA (Saclay), CSNSM (Orsay) and IRAP (Toulouse).


Applicants should send a CV, a publication list, the name of two referees and a brief statement of their research interests to be addressed to Dr. Marianne Lemoine-Goumard ( and Dr. Marie-Hélène Grondin ( The appointment is expected to last two years after September 2018. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

DESY, Zeuthen location, is seeking a Quality Assurance (f/m) MST Project (Remuneration Group 12).


The position


  • Quality assurance of the MST project
  • Provide and monitor product documentation
  • RAMS management
  • Support of risk evaluation
  • Support safety management




  • Dipl. Ing. (FH) or Bachelor in mechanical, electrical or electronic engineering, Project engineering, or equivalent expertise, skills and experience
  • Experience in project management, in particular quality management
  • Knowledge of relevant standards and legal regulations
  • Negotiable English, another language like Spanish welcome
  • Expert skills in Office- package and documentation software

For further information please contact Dr. Markus Garczarczyk (
The position is limited to 5 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


Deadline for applications: Until the position is filled.