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The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) will be the first and world’s largest and most sensitive ground-based gamma-ray observatory covering the full sky. It will detect high-energy radiation from the Universe with unprecedented accuracy and better sensitivity than any current instrument, providing novel insights into the most extreme events in the Universe. The CTAO gGmbH is the interim legal entity in the preparation of the design and implementation of the CTAO, until the final legal entity, a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CTAO ERIC), is achieved. The CTAO ERIC will be responsible for the construction and operation of the Observatory.

 

CTAO has four locations: the Headquarters currently in Heidelberg (Germany) moving to Bologna (Italy), the Science Data Management Centre (SDMC) in Zeuthen (Germany), and the two array sites at the two hemispheres. CTAO’s Northern Array Site is located on the existing site of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias’ (IAC’s) Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palma (Spain). CTAO’s Southern Array Site is less than 10 km southeast of the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO’s) existing Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert (Chile). Three classes of telescopes spread over a large area will be installed: Large-Sized Telescopes (LST, 23m diameter), Medium-Sized Telescopes (MST, 12m diameter), and Small-Sized Telescopes (SST, 4m diameter).

 

CTAO gGmbH is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are accepted without distinction on any grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, gender identity, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.

 

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In addition to the CTAO gGmbH employment opportunities, this page features the open CTAO Secondment Positions and some of the available positions within the Cherenkov Telescope Array Consortium (CTAC) institutes.

CTAO gGmbH Positions

CTAO Secondment Positions

CTA Consortium Positions

The Ramón y Cajal grants foster the incorporation into Spanish research organizations of research staff, both Spanish and foreign, with an outstanding professional career in order for them to acquire the skills and abilities that allow them to get a stable position in a research entity of the Spanish System of Science, Technology and Innovation, specifically encouraging the recruitment of researchers who have been developing their professional activity abroad for a certain period.

 

Spain, member country and host of the CTAO Northern Array, plays a fundamental role in the progress of the Observatory, both within the Large-Sized Telescope (LST) Collaboration and the Medium-Sized Telescope (MST) group. Spanish research groups, strongly involved in the scientific and technological development of the CTAO, are located in different regions all over the country, including Barcelona, Canarias, Granada, Jaén and Madrid. Read more about the groups on our website.

 

Deadline to apply: February 9

Further information about the call: Link

 

The Juan de la Cierva grants foster the incorporation of young people, with a doctoral degree, in Spanish R&D centers in order to complete their postdoctoral research training. Candidates must meet the requirement of holding a doctoral degree obtained between Jan 1, 2021 and Dec 31, 2022 for general and JDC-INIA-CCAA access, and between Jan 2020 and Dec 31, 2022 for the access of people with disabilities equal to/greater than 33%, except if they prove a cause of interruption in accordance with the call.

 

The submission is carried out by the R&D centers, including the candidate in the application. The selection is based on a process of competitive concurrence based on their curricular merits and the scientific-technical history of the research team in which they want to join.

 

Spain, member country and host of the CTAO Northern Array, plays a fundamental role in the progress of the Observatory, both within the Large-Sized Telescope (LST) Collaboration and the Medium-Sized Telescope (MST) group. Spanish research groups, strongly involved in the scientific and technological development of the CTAO, are located in different regions all over the country, including Barcelona, Canarias, Granada, Jaén and Madrid. Read more about the groups on our website.

 

Further information about the call: Link

 

The Beatriu de Pinós programme awards 3-year grants on a competitive basis for the employment and incorporation of postdoctoral research staff into the Catalan science and technology system. Candidates should have a minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience abroad Spain and should have not lived in Spain for more than 12 months in the last three years. The hosting group must participate in the application, so a preselection could be carried out.

 

Spain, member country and host of the CTAO Northern Array, plays a fundamental role in the progress of the Observatory, both within the Large-Sized Telescope (LST) Collaboration and the Medium-Sized Telescope (MST) group. In Catalonia, several groups participate actively in the scientific-technological development of the CTAO, as members of the In-Kind Contribution teams (for software and instrumentation development) and as members of the Cherenkov Telescope Array Consortium (CTAC):

 

– Departament d’Astronomia i Meteorologia, Institut de Ciències del Cosmos, Universitat de Barcelona (UB) – Contact: Marc Ribó

– Institut de Ciències de l’Espai (IEEC-CSIC) and Institució Catalana de Recerca I Estudis Avançats (ICREA) – Contact: Diego F. Torres
– Institut de Física d’Altes Energies – The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (IFAE-BIST) – Contact: Marta Balza

– Port d’Informació Científica (PIC) – Contact: Gonzalo Merino

– Unitat de Física de les Radiacions, Departament de Física, and CERES-IEEC, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) – Contact: Markus Gaug

 

Read more about the groups on our website.

 

Further information about the call: Link

 

Durham Physics is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to work on calibration for the Small-Sized Telescopes that will be part of the CTAO, among other projects, as well as on a relevant science topic of the candidate’s choosing. The position is for 3 years, and should start by October 1st (ideally earlier).

 

The application deadline is on January 23.

Learn more (under “instrumentation”) and apply through the general call page: Link 

 

For more information, please contact Paula Chadwick or Anthony Brown.

The ICE-CSIC (Spain) is opening a position as software engineer(s). The candidate will join a group developing the control software for the operation of astronomical instrumentation and telescopes and will be strongly involved in the implementation and future exploitation of the CTAO. The successful candidate will work on supporting the development of the scheduling and the analysis software tools for the control infrastructure of the CTAO. Candidates with BSc or MSc degree in computer science will be considered. The position will be open until filled and its expected duration will be 2 or 2.5 years, contingent to performance and funding. The salary will be according to CSIC’s scale M3 or FC1 according to experience. A starting date in early 2023 is preferred.

 

To apply please send your cover letter and CV to Prof. Diego F. Torres.

 

Further information: Link