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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 recruitment@cta-observatory.org.

 

CTAO gGmbH is an equal opportunity employer.

CTAO gGmbH / Project Office Positions

CTAO is seeking an office assistant for its Bologna Offices in Italy. This role is intended for candidates belonging to Categoria Protetta (Law 68/99).

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

We are looking for a Junior Office Assistant who will provide support to CTAO Project Office.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Perform administrative and clerical duties as required
  • Screen, organize and prioritize phone calls, visitors and incoming mail
  • Event support (meeting rooms, catering, restaurant, taxies, etc.)
  • Manage meeting rooms — make the reservation and prepare necessary material and/or equipment (videoconference, screen, projector, slip-chart, notebooks, pens, etc.).
  • Assist with hotel and flight reservation
  • Maintain trusting relationships with suppliers and colleagues
  • Perform receptionist duties when needed
  • General office support

 

Qualifications and Experience:

 

CTAO is seeking a new graduate in Foreign Languages, Economics, Business Administration or other relevant field.

The successful candidate should possess:

  • Some experience as an Office assistant in an international environment
  • Able to simultaneously manage and prioritize multiple projects and in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Office)
  • Self-starting and team working spirit
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work in an independent manner, without supervision
  • Ability to confidentially manage sensitive information
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy; a commitment to quality and good work ethic

 

Language Skills:

The position requires proficiency in written and spoken English and Italian. Good knowledge of Spanish and German are important assets.

 

Remuneration and Contract:

 

CTAO offers an attractive career development path including a competitive remuneration.

The type of contract to be initially offered to the selected candidate will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

Duty Station:

 

CTAO Project Office in Bologna, Italy,

 

Application:

 

Applications with a full CV and cover letter in English should be sent to recruitment@cta-observatory.org, indicating position reference “Office Assistant – categoria protetta (Law 68/99)”.

Incomplete applications will not be processed. CTAO is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, please visit www.cta-observatory.org or contact CTAO HR Specialist Maite Aznárez Araiz, maite.aznarez@cta-observatory.org.

 

Closing date for applications: 12th December 2018

For its Administration Department, at the future Headquarters in Bologna, Italy, CTAO is recruiting a Procurement Specialist.

 

As a member of the Administration Department, the Procurement Specialist will support CTAO Head of Finances in 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 (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
  • Advise and support the CTAO Project Office as well as external institutes and research groups providing In-Kind contributions to CTAO on any procurement matters, including review of industrial contracts

 

Reports to:

 

Head of Finance, 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 and Finances. 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
  • Experience in the establishing of an organizational, management and auditing Model pursuant to the Italian Legislative Decree 231/2001 will be considered an asset
  • Experience in EU Funding procedures will be considered an asset
  • 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.

 

Application:

 

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

 

By submitting applications candidates acknowledge CTAO 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 www.cta-observatory.org or contact CTAO HR Specialist, maite.aznarez@cta-observatory.org. For more information, please visit www.cta-observatory.org.

 

Closing date for applications: 12th December 2018

CTA Consortium Positions

The location Zeuthen is seeking a Postdoc (f/m/diverse) in Gamma-Ray Astrophysics

 

The position

 

  • H.E.S.S. (High Energy Stereoscopic System) Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Work on H.E.S.S. Data Acquisition System: preparation, implementation system upgrade in Namibia, maintenance user support

 

Requirements

 

  • P.h.D in physics, astronomy, or astroparticle physics
  • Experience in data acquisition systems in astroparticle physics, particle physics or  astronomy
  • Knowledge in software management and Linux networking
  • Experience in data analysis in astroparticle physics, astronomy or particle physics

 

 

For further information please contact Dr. Stefan Ohm (stefan.ohm@desy.de).
The position is limited to 2 years with possibility of extension.
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: www.desy.de/onlineapplication

Deadline for applications: 2018/12/09

Postdoctoral position at the Georgia Institute of Technology on POEMMA.

 

POEMMA is a planned instrument to detect ultra-high energy cosmic rays and tau neutrinos from space. Georgia Tech makes major contributions to a number of leading astroparticle experiments: CTA, HAWC, VERITAS, IceCube, LIGO, and POEMMA. Theoretical topics addressed by faculty are in high-energy astrophysics, galaxy formation, cosmology and numerical relativity.

 

The successful candidate will work in the research group of Prof. Nepomuk Otte. Georgia Tech’s efforts on POEMMA are focused on the development of the Cherenkov camera to detect tau neutrinos. The candidate is expected to take a leading role in the development of the Cherenkov camera and test it during a balloon flight.

Georgia Tech consistently ranks among the top public universities in the United States and is located in the heart of Atlanta, one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the US. Atlanta offers endless opportunities for musical, culinary and cultural exploration, as well as close proximity to outstanding areas such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or the coastal cities of Savannah and Charleston.

We are looking for an outstanding applicant who has obtained, or is about to obtain, a Ph.D. in Astroparticle Physics, High-Energy Physics, Cosmology, or Astronomy. Expertise in instrumentation, in particular with photon detectors and readout electronics, is highly desired.

The postdoctoral fellowship offers a competitive salary and benefits. The position will be available from Spring 2019 (start date flexible) for one year renewable for up to a total of three years.

Applicants should submit a CV with a list of publications, the name of three references willing to provide letters of recommendation, and a brief cover letter with statement of research interests (maximum two pages), via Academic Jobs Online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12383 . Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Initial review of the applications will start December 1st.

Any questions regarding the positions are welcome and may be directed to otte@gatech.edu with subject “PDocSearch”.

Georgia Tech is an Equal Employment Opportunity Institution and a unit of the University System of Georgia.

The location Zeuthen is seeking a Postdoc (f/m/diverse) Gamma-ray Astronomy

 

The position

 

  • Participation in the development of a prototype for a small form factor detector for MeV gamma rays that can be launched into space on-board a mini-satellite (CubeSat)
  • Taking a leading role in the design and development of the read-out and data acquisition (DAQ) electronics for the prototype detector

Requirements

 

  • Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or electrical engineering
  • Experience in the design and development of readout and DAQ electronics for detectors used in high-energy or astroparticle physics
  • Experience in modern software programming
  • Excellent communication skills and knowledge of English
  • Outstanding teamwork abilities

 

For further information please contact Markus Ackermann (markus.ackermann@desy.de) or David Berge (david.berge@desy.de).
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: www.desy.de/onlineapplication

Deadline for applications: Until the position ist filled.

The Theoretical Astrophysics section (TAT) at the University of Tübingen is inviting applications for:

 

  • 1 postdoctoral position, (Wissenschaftlicher Assistant / Research Assistant), starting from 1st of October 2019 with initial duration of 2 years which can be extended for up to 5 years.
  • 1 postdoctoral position funded by DFG, starting from 1st of October 2019 (or earlier) with duration of up to 3 years
  • 1 PhD position starting from 1st of October 2019 with duration of up to 3 years

 

Deadline for applications: February 15, 2019.

 

The successful applicant will carry out original research in projects focusing in the dynamics of rotating and/or magnetised neutron stars in relation to the emission of gravitational waves.

The research activities of TAT are related to the study of sources of gravitational waves with emphasis on the dynamics of neutron stars and black-holes. The group currently consists of four (4) post-doctoral researchers, three (3) PhD students and seven (7) MSc students.

 

Detailed information about the positions can be found in:
Position I : http://www.tat.physik.uni-tuebingen.de/~kokkotas/Welcome_files/2018_Advertisment_Assistant.pdf
Position II : http://www.tat.physik.uni-tuebingen.de/~kokkotas/Welcome_files/2018_Advertisment_DFG.pdf
Position III : http://www.tat.physik.uni-tuebingen.de/~kokkotas/Welcome_files/2018_Advertisment_PhD.pdf

 

Applications, including curriculum vitae, list of publications, statement of research interests and experience, and the names (address, e-mail) of three potential referees should be sent to:

Prof. Kostas Kokkotas
Theoretical Astrophysics (IAAT), University of Tübingen, D-72076 Tübingen, Germany.
http://www.tat.physik.uni-tuebingen.de/~kokkotas
E-mail: kostas.kokkotas@uni-tuebingen.de

 

Further information on the Theoretical Astrophysics Group may be found at :
http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/?id=3129
https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/faculties/faculty-of-science/departments/physics/institutes/astronomy-astrophysics/institute/theoretical-astrophysics/welcome/

 

Applications by e-mail are welcome. All applications will receive full consideration until the position is filled. The University of Tuebingen seeks to increase the fraction of female scientists in research and teaching and particularly encourages applications from women. Disabled candidates are given preference if equally qualified.