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.


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CTAO gGmbH / Project Office Positions

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is an international effort to build the next generation ground-based observatory for gamma-ray astronomy at very-high energies with 118 telescopes located in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. About 200 research institutions from 31 countries conceived CTA and are involved in designing and prototyping.


The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) with its Project Office in Bologna (Italy) is responsible for the construction and operation of the two CTA observatory sites, one in the Northern hemisphere on La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain) and one in the Southern hemisphere in Chile, as well as the Science Data Management Centre in Berlin-Zeuthen (Germany). CTA will be the world’s largest and most sensitive instrument for high-energy gamma-ray astronomy with the detailed design and preparation well underway. It will be built with a significant amount of in-kind contributions from participating institutions.


For its Project Office in Bologna (Italy), the CTAO is seeking an IT Specialist.



Duties and Responsibilities

We are looking for an experienced IT Specialist who will design, develop, implement and coordinate IT policies and procedures as well as install and administer hardware and software for a growing organization.


Main responsibilities include:

  • Implement CTAO administrative tools to run CTAO gGmbH/ERIC (financial planning and budgeting system, Earned Value Management system, accounting system, meeting organization, documentation management)
  • Install and configure computer hardware and software including operating systems and applications
  • Set up, monitor and maintain computer systems and networks
  • Provide help desk support to CTAO staff, either face-to-face or remotely, including hands-on support where required
  • Troubleshoot system and network issues (in collaboration with the CTAO hosting organization in Bologna as required), diagnosing and solving hardware or software issues
  • Administer network and data security
  • Video conference system set up, maintenance and troubleshooting


Close collaboration with Project Office staff and, in particular, CTA SW team is key to success.


Reports to:

CTAO Managing Director


Qualification and Experience:

CTAO seeks an experienced IT specialist preferably with a University Degree in Computer Science, IT, or other relevant fields. The successful candidate should possess:

  • Extensive IT system administrator experience in Observatories or similar large scientific facilities
  • Experience in selecting and implementing IT tools (both HW and SW)
  • Experience in supporting staff and SW developers in IT matters
  • Experience with common computing platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Key competences:

  • The ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and complex project environment, to take decisions and provide leadership
  • Excellent communication skills, with good knowledge of English
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with an attitude of providing service to staff and the organization
  • Result-oriented work style

Remuneration and Contract:

CTAO offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary. This will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The contract is an open term contract subject to successful completion of the probation period.


Duty Station:

CTAO Project Office in Bologna, Italy, with frequent travel to participating institutions, the Science Data Management Centre in Berlin (Germany) and – during site deployment – to the observatory sites in La Palma (Spain) and Paranal Observatory (Chile).



Applications with a full CV and cover letter in English should be sent to, indicating position reference “IT Specialist” and the names of three referees with contact details.


By submitting applications candidates acknowledge we might contact referees at any stage of the process without prior notice.


Incomplete applications will not be processed.


CTAO is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, please visit or contact the CTAO HR Officer, Maite Aznárez Araiz:


Closing date: 12 May 2019

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