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

For its Administration Department, at the future Headquarters in Bologna, Italy, CTAO is opening the position of Procurement Specialist. As a member of the Administration Department, the Procurement Specialist will take care of the developing and implementing CTAO Procurement policies, and the CTAO Project Office in any construction or operations related procurement matters.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish, enhance and update procurement policies, practices, procedures, systems, and frameworks to ensure compliance and improve procurement efficiency and deliverables
  • Lead all stages of the procurement process (e.g. ex-ante and ex-post publication of the tendering): Preparation of tender documents and establishment of bidders list; tender evaluation and negotiations
  • Manage the development and negotiation of all relevant contractual documentation and agreements with current/prospective suppliers in conjunction with the legal department
  • Assure that goods/services will be delivered on schedule, at negotiated price and meet required quality standards, in cooperation with the CTAO technical experts
  • Support finance department on accounting closing and suppliers’ invoice matching


Reports to:

Director of Administration located in Bologna.


Qualifications and Experience:

CTAO is seeking an experienced university degree preferably in Law, Economics, Business Administration or other relevant field with specific studies/experience in EU Procurement. A relevant experience in both Italian and German National Procurement Law would be a plus.


The successful candidate should possess:

  • Experience in Procurement principles, policies, standards & procedures, including commercial and price analysis, negotiations, and Procurement law, preferably both Italian and German National Laws
  • Experience in the establishment of industrial contracts
  • Proactive and problem-solving mind-set
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure
  • Good team player


Language Skills:

The position requires proficiency in written and spoken English. Good knowledge of Italian and German are important assets. Additional knowledge of Spanish would be an advantage.


Remuneration and Contract:

CTAO offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary.

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


Duty Station:

Bologna, Italy, with some regular travel.



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


By submitting applications candidates acknowledge:

Incomplete applications will not be processed.


CTAO is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, please visit or contact CTAO HR Officer,


Closing date for applications: 28th December 2019

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.