Employment Opportunities

CTA is a global endeavour to build the world’s largest and most sensitive high-energy gamma-ray observatory, which is 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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CTAO gGmbH is an equal opportunity employer.


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CTAO gGmbH / Project Office Positions

No open positions at this time.

CTA Consortium Positions


DESY is one of the world’s leading research centres for photon science, particle and astroparticle physics as well as accelerator physics. More than 2400 employees work at our two locations Hamburg and Zeuthen in science, technology and administration.


CTA, the Cherenkov Telescope Array, will be the next-generation facility for high-energy gamma-ray astronomy, consisting of about 100 telescopes of different sizes in the northern and southern hemisphere. Among other projects, DESY has the responsibility for the design, construction and deployment of the Medium Size Telescope (MST) structures.


The position

  • Design, test and implement telescope control software
  • Support the commissioning and performance verification of the first telescopes on the observatory site
  • Analysis of gamma-ray telescope data



  • PhD in physics or astronomy
  • Experience with the operation of telescopes / detectors and the development of software for readout, control and/or monitoring
  • lnterest in software design, development and management
  • Knowledge of 00 programming (C++ or Java) and scripting languages (ideally python)
  • Experience in astroparticle-physics and data analysis
  • Fluent in English


For further information please contact Markus Garczarczyk +49 337627 7266, or Ullrich Schwanke +49 30 20937671,


The position is limited to 2 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 via our application system: Online Application


Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Human Resources Department | Code: APPO006/2019
Notkestraße 85 | 22607 Hamburg
Phone: 040 8998-3392


Deadline for applications: Until the position is filled.