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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The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the area of particle astrophysics and dark matter. While the candidate will carry out research with the GASP experiment, s/he might have the opportunity to perform complementary research with the currently operative ground-based gamma-ray experiment, VERITAS, and the next generation high-energy facility and  first ground-based gamma-ray observatory, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA).


Candidates working in the areas of particle/nuclear physics, particle astrophysics or astronomy and having a strong background in experimental/instrumental techniques area encouraged to apply. A Ph.D., or equivalent degree, in physics or astronomy is required. The regular duration of the position would be two years, with the possible extension of one or two more years.


Applicants should send/email a CV and a statement of research interests (1-2 pages) to:

Professor Rene Ong

Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1547


Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendations to be sent to the above email address.


Deadline: October 15, 2021 (applications arriving after this date will be considered if the position has not yet been filled).

The Astrophysics Department of CEA Paris-Saclay, IRFU, invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the area of high-energy astrophysics in the context of the start of the construction of the CTAO’s telescope arrays and the first real data analysis.


The objective is to contribute to the improvement and go toward finalisation of the CTA data pipeline software, aiming at producing sky images from the telescope array data. The development will be made in the context of the early science phase of CTA, giving the opportunity to cover science subjects to be discussed with the candidate.


The candidates should hold a PhD in subatomic physics, astroparticle or astrophysics with a strong motivation in software and algorithm developments as well as formal code release and documentation, the understanding of experimental data and physics analysis. The software will be written in Python and experience in object-oriented programming is appreciated. The position is available from end 2021 for a period of up to 3 years.


The applicant should send the following documents in a digitized format to Thierry Stolarczyk, head of the group (

– A letter of motivation;

– A curriculum vitae, a list of relevant publications;

– The names of at least two references and at least two letters of recommendation


Deadline: Selection will start on October 1st, 2021 and will remain open until filled.

More information: link.

The Center for Astrophysics and Applied Technologies (CATA) calls for applications to the CATA postdoctoral research fellowship program, covering the areas of observational, theoretical, and computational astrophysics.  CATA is a large government-funded astronomical Center in Chile that, incorporating 12 member universities across 6 provinces, 40+ professors, 50+ postdoctoral researchers, and 70+ graduate students, provides a productive international astronomical research environment. A detailed description of the research performed within CATA, including the specific scientific areas, is available here.  CATA welcomes applications across all scientific areas, including Supermassive Black Holes and Energetic phenomena (Area 2) using current and planned facilities, such as the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA).


The postdoctoral research fellowships are anticipated to be funded initially for two years with a one-year extension subject to a performance evaluation.  Successful fellowship applicants are expected to carry out independent research in close collaboration with one or more faculty members of CATA, and develop research at any of the CATA member universities. Successful fellows will have privileged access to the Chilean 10% time allocation on all telescopes in Chile, as well as Chilean access to membership in selected large surveys.


Applicants should declare which science area(s) they envision working in.  Research programs that exploit multi-area synergy are encouraged.  We also encourage applicants to make early contact with CATA professors working on their area(s) of interest.


Applicants should submit here the following materials as a single pdf file: a brief cover letter; a CV including exact or expected Ph.D. date; a publication list; a research statement (max. 3 pages) describing past and future proposed CATA research; an optional 1-page technical skills statement; and the names of three contacts for letters of recommendation.


Application Deadline: Friday, February 25, 2022

All information: Link