Employment Opportunities

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


CTAO gGmbH is an equal opportunity employer.

CTAO gGmbH / Project Office Positions

For its Project Office in Bologna (Italy), the CTAO is seeking a Software Coordinator to provide leadership in the definition and execution of the CTA software activities across the project. This includes software for observatory operation and telescope control, data collection, processing and archiving, safety, alarm and monitoring, as well as software for the science user.


Duties and Responsibilities

We are looking for an experienced software project manager for the challenging task of leading the CTA software definition, including scope and interfaces, development, integration, testing and acceptance. As member of the CTA Project Office and part of the CTA construction project, the software coordinator plays a key role in coordinating the software related activities. Supported by dedicated coordinators for the various major software elements, the selected candidate is expected to successfully implement an efficient and easy-to-maintain software system for CTA.


Main responsibilities include:

  • Lead the CTA software activities involving many partners in the CTA Consortium and in close cooperation with CTA systems engineering
  • Lead the coordinators for the various major software elements of CTA
  • Coordinate internal and external software teams contributing to CTA
  • Definition of software architecture and software standards
  • Definition of the project-wide software development lifecycle and environment
  • Contribution to the definition of the ICT infrastructure both on-site and off-site

Close collaboration with Project Office staff and CTA contributors in the areas of systems engineering, telescopes, science operations and others are key to success.


Reports to:

CTA Project Manager


Qualification and Experience:

CTAO seeks an experienced software manager with a University Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Astronomy, or other relevant fields.


The successful candidate should possess:

  • Extensive software project management experience in Observatories or similar large scientific facilities
  • Proven experience in designing software system architectures, applying well-known programming patterns and design principles
  • Experience in selecting and implementing software development methodologies, as well as testing and quality assurance procedures in software projects and associated tooling
  • Good command of at least one high-level programming language such as C++, Python or Java


Key competences:

  • The ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and complex project environment, to take decisions and provide leadership
  • The ability to build strong and effective links with all contributing partners
  • Excellent communication skills, with good knowledge of English
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Result-oriented work style


Remuneration and Contract:

CTAO offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary. This will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


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


Duty Station:

CTAO Project Office in Bologna, Italy, with frequent travel to participating institutions, the Science Data Management Centre in Berlin (Germany) and – during site deployment – to the observatory sites in La Palma (Spain) and Paranal Observatory (Chile).



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

By submitting applications candidates acknowledge we 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 or contact the CTA Project Manager Dr. Wolfgang Wild,


Closing date for applications: 31.10.2018

CTA Consortium Positions

The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics is one of about 80 research institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V. (MPG). The MPG is an independent, non-profit research organisation which seeks to promote basic research in the service of the general public. The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg invites applications from outstanding candidates for positions of


Post Doctoral Research Associates in non-thermal astrophysics.


The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics is a world-leading centre for astroparticle, physics and quantum dynamics. The gamma-ray group consists of nearly 30 members actively working on a variety of topics from the development of hardware to data analysis and astrophysical modeling for HESS, HAWC and CTA.


The Positions
We are offering exciting scientific positions to work with a dynamic group at the cutting edge of gamma-ray astronomy. In particular, successful candidates are expected to get involved into


  • The development of the analysis software for CTA (CTA-Pipe & GammaPy)
  • The simulation and analysis of CTA data
  • The analysis of current gamma-ray telescope data (H.E.S.S., HAWC and Fermi/LAT)


Regular participation in international conferences is promoted and the applicants will aid in the supervision of doctoral students.



  • Ph.D. in physics or astronomy
  • Programming experience in Python
  • Data analysis experience
  • Strong teamwork abilities
  • Readiness to travel


The term of the positions is initially limited to 2 years, with the possibility for extension. Starting date and remuneration will be determined on a per-candidate basis.
The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women in its research activities. Therefore applications from women are particularly welcome. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more individuals with disabilities and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics is a family-friendly employer.

Further information can be obtained from Prof. Hinton:, Dr. Zanin: and
Applications, including a Statement of Interest, CV, publication lists and contact information of reference persons should be uploaded ONLINE with reference # 14-2018.

Two postdoc positions are open at the IFSC/USP in Brazil. The positions are open in many research areas including Astroparticle Physics. The Astroparticle Physics at IFSC/USP group has a strong commitment to CTA and to the Pierre Auger Observatories.

The official announcement is only in Portuguese:
but interested candidates can write to Prof. Vitor de Souza ( for further information.

The deadline for application is November 15th 2018 and the beginning of the activities are in January 2019.

Postdoctoral position in High-Energy Astrophysics at CEA Paris-Saclay, IRFU Astrophysics department


The CTA group at the Astrophysics department of IRFU invites applications for a post-doctoral research position in high-energy astrophysics in the context of the start of the construction of the telescope arrays and the first real data analysis.
The objective is to contribute to the development of the CTA data pipeline software, adapt the existing algorithms and develop new ideas in real data taking conditions, and in particular using data from first telescopes. This includes innovative atmospheric shower image cleaning methods; shower reconstruction algorithms; discrimination of gamma ray against the dominant cosmic ray background; and high-level analysis method for performance evaluations, related to science cases to be defined with the selected candidate.


The candidates should hold a PhD in astroparticle or astrophysics with a strong motivation in software and algorithm developments, the understanding of experimental data and physics analysis. Most of the software will be written in Python and experience in object-oriented programming is appreciated.


The position is available from beginning 2019 for a period of up to 3 years. The applicant should send the following documents in a digitized format to Thierry Stolarczyk (
– A letter of motivation;
– A curriculum vitae with a list of relevant publications;
– The names of two references;
– Letter(s) of recommendation.


Deadline for application: November 15th, 2018

The IceCube and CTA group of the Department of Particle Physics has two openings for Doctoral Assistant to pursue doctoral studies and research in Astroparticle Physics.


Candidates must have a Master degree in Physics. The student will work on the cubickilometer neutrino telescope IceCube located in the deep ice of the South Pole. The student will work on the searches for cosmic neutrinos from black holes and dark
matter searches with the upgrade of IceCube.


She/he will have continuous interactions with more experienced members of the group. This is a great occasion to learn on data analysis and advanced software, and to understand physics problems regarding high-energy particle physics and astrophysics while keeping hands on instrumentation in laboratory. The laboratory work will concern photosensors. The student will work in a group composed of Prof. Teresa Montaruli, a Maître d’Enseignement et de Recherche D. della Volpe, Scientist M. Heller, three postdocs and three PhD students.


The group is also involved in other experiments between which there is CTA, a  gamma-ray observatory composed of two arrays of about hundred telescopes. Geneva is in charge of the construction of small size telescopes. The group has developed a new camera for CTA based on SiPM. It is involved in R&D on SiPMs, associated electronics and lightguides.


Interested candidates have (or will soon receive) the equivalent of a Master degree with a specialisation in Particle Physics or related activities, and outstanding grades.


This post should be filled ideally before the new year, Candidates should forward at their earliest convenience their curriculum vitae to Prof. T. Montaruli ( who can also provide further information on the positions.

The Erlangen Center for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP) at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg is seeking outstanding individuals for one Postdoctoral researcher positions (f/m) to work on the implementation of Deep Learning techniques for CTA and H.E.S.S.


ECAP offers a strong environment in the field of astroparticle physics. Research in the institute includes (but is not limited to) involvement in the Fermi-LAT, H.E.S.S., CTA, eROSITA, ANTARES, IceCube and KM3NeT.


Successful applicants should have or be in the process of completing a PhD degree in Astrophysics or Physics or related disciplines. They should have a research background and provide evidence of outstanding potential. Relevant experience in Machine Learning and ability to work in a team is seen as beneficial. Guiding and advising students in their PhD, Master’s and Bachelor’s theses is expected. Involvement in teaching at a level of 5 hours/week during lecture periods is obligatory.


The full-time positions are available from 1 January 2019. The contract will be for 3 years, with an option of an extension depending on the availability of funds. The contract will be in salary grade E13/A13. Application deadline is 10 November 2018. Later applications may be considered until the position is filled.


The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg wishes to increase the participation of women in its research activities. Therefore applications by women are particularly welcome. The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. Applications, including a Statement of Interest, CV and contact information of reference persons should be sent to Prof. Dr. Stefan Funk (

The María de Maeztu Unit of excellence for the research in particle, astroparticle Physics and observational cosmology of CIEMAT opens a 4 year predoctoral position for outstanding young MSc graduates interested in working  with the CTA telescopes towards a PhD Thesis.


CIEMAT-FP participates in the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), an initiative to build the next generation ground-based very high energy gamma-ray instruments. Our group has been a key member in the construction and recent installation of the first Large Size Telescope of CTA in La Palma. The project’s main purpose is to validate the physics potential of the LSTs using commissioning data of the first telescope, to exploit the early data science for the study of transient sources, as well as participating in the validation and commissioning of the next LSTs.


The complete call can be found here: The deadline for applications is rather tight: October 29th. Do not hesitate to contact Carlos Delgado ( or Juan Cortina ( for further details about the position and the application process.

The position is offered in the context of a Helmholtz Young investigator group based at DESY Zeuthen. The position will also be based at DESY Zeuthen, with the degree granted by the University of Potsdam.


The Position


  • Several research projects are available, focusing on physics sensitivity studies for CTA and data analysis for VERITAS
  • Development work in scientific computing for CTA is expected to be a component of the Ph.D. projects




  • Masters degree in physics or astronomy
  • Background in astrophysics, astronomy, or particle physics
  • Coding skills (C++, python)
  • Proficiency in English


See entire job description and contact details here.