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

To strengthen its Project Office in Bologna (Italy), the CTAO is seeking a Lead Systems Engineer to provide leadership in the definition and execution of Systems Engineering activities across the project, and to further build up and manage the Systems Engineering team in support of the construction, commissioning and operational phases of the project.


See the entire job description here (pdf).


Work place: The position will be based in the CTAO Project Office in Bologna, Italy. It will require frequent travel to the contributors’ sites in Europe and elsewhere and the observatory sites in La Palma (Spain) and Paranal Observatory (Chile).
Starting Date: As soon as possible.
Contract and remuneration: Contractual form and salary are subject to negotiation.
Applications: A motivation letter specifying the position of interest, a full curriculum vitae, and at least three names of potential referees should be sent by email to:
Further information about the position can be obtained from Dr. Wolfgang Wild, CTA Project Manager,

CTA is an equal opportunity employer.


Deadline for applications is 30 November 2017.

CTA Consortium Positions

Tenured Assistant Professor Position in High Energy and Plasma Astrophysics in IAG-USP


The Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences (IAG) of the University of Sao Paulo (USP) invites applications for a position at the Assistant Professor (tenured) level. Outstanding candidates in Plasmas and High Energy Astrophysics will be considered.


IAG is the largest astronomy department in Brazil, and USP is a leading university in Latin America in several world rankings. IAG has access to several world-class facilities including the SOAR and Gemini Telescopes, as well as computational super-clusters. IAG is also involved in several international projects like the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), and the LLAMA radio telescope. The strength of the current faculty mainly lies in observational astronomy (radio to gamma-rays), theory, and numerical simulations, with focus on planetary dynamics, stellar astrophysics, plasmas and high energy astrophysics, compact sources, galaxies evolution, and cosmology.


Candidate Profile

We are seeking a candidate with expertise in the areas at the interface of plasmas and high energy astrophysics, with strong experience in numerical magnetohydrodynamics. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be part of an internationally competitive research group (the group of plasmas and high energy astrophysics – GAPAE) and to work with the CTA and ASTRI Mini-Array projects. There are also 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 university.

The position will be open shortly; those interested, please contact shortly.


RANK: Tenured Assistant Professor.

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

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated leadership experience in the area of High Energy and Plasmas Astrophysics.

START IN THE POSITION: March, 2018 (expected).

TO APPLY: The selection process will occur in Early-2018. Candidates with the intention of participating are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible for further information (


The Centre for Space Research at North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, has an opening for a research professor in Astrophysics and Space Science. The appointment will be permanent and initially at the Assistant / Full Professor level, depending on the successful candidate’s qualifications and track record. The candidate will be expected to contribute to research activities of the H.E.S.S. / CTA group at NWU.


Deadline for applications is January 1, 2018.


For more information, please see here and/or contact Markus Böttcher ( or Stefan Ferreira (

Tenure track position at the University of Delaware


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware invites application for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of experimental and/or theoretical astroparticle physics. Candidates with expertise in the study of cosmic rays, neutrinos, gamma rays, multi-messenger astronomy and related fields will be considered.


Candidates must have a PhD degree in physics or a related discipline. Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, a three-page research proposal, a one-page statement of teaching experience and interests, and a list of at least three references. The University of Delaware is committed to diversity in hiring; women and people from diverse cultures and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. The University is also supportive of the needs of dual-career couples. Applications received by 31 December 2017 are assured of full consideration.


See more information and apply here.