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), CTAO seeks an experienced Deputy Project Manager.


As a member of the CTA construction project, the Deputy Project Manager supports the CTA Project Manager in the day-to-day management to ensure that CTA construction is executed within requirements, budget and schedule. Reporting to the CTA Project Manager, he/she works closely with the project office staff, in-kind contributors and companies and takes over dedicated tasks.


Duties and Responsibilities:


The selected candidate will support the CTA Project Manager across the range of management and coordination tasks in the CTA construction project, which include:


  • coordinating the technical teams at the CTAO headquarter, Science Data Management Centre and on the sites in the northern and southern hemispheres
  • coordinating the in-kind contributions with respect to technical specifications, scheduling, quality control, acceptance procedures, deployment and commissioning
  • organizing topical technical meetings with contributors and project office staff
  • ensuring close interaction with systems engineering, both at the contributors and within CTAO
  • organizing and/or chairing project reviews.


As Deputy, the selected candidate will work very closely with the CTA Project Manager, taking over agreed tasks and representing him at various levels and occasions as well as during absence.


Reports to: CTA Project Manager


Qualifications and Experience:


CTAO seeks an experienced project manager with a university degree in physics, engineering, astronomy, or other relevant fields. The successful candidate should possess:


  • Extensive project management experience in construction and/or operation of an observatory or other large scale scientific facilities, in an international setting
  • Track record of managing multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams in a complex and changing project environment, distributed over many locations
  • Experience with science driven projects, preferably consisting of in-kind contributions
  • Knowledge of and hands-on experience with project management methodologies, including definition, organization and conducting project reviews
  • Ability to work independently following the assigned tasks and responsibilities
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Willingness and ability for travel
  • Knowledge of Spanish is not mandatory but considered an asset


Key Competences:


  • The ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and complex project environment
  • Organized and result-oriented work style with a pragmatic approach
  • The ability to build strong and effective links with the contributing partners, within the Project Office and project stakeholders
  • Ability to adapt quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and constraints
  • Excellent negotiation and influencing skills


Remuneration and Contract: CTAO offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary and fringe benefits. The contractual form is subject to negotiation.


Duty Station: Bologna, Italy, with frequent travel.


Application: Applications with a full CV and cover letter in English should be sent to, indicating position reference “Deputy Project Manager” and the names of three referees with contact details. CTA is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, please visit or contact the CTA Project Manager Dr. Wolfgang Wild,


Closing date: 30.09.2018

CTA Consortium Positions

Postdoctoral Position in Gamma-Ray Astroparticle Physics


The High Energy Physics Institute in Barcelona (IFAE-BIST, Barcelona) announces the opening of Postdoctoral Fellowships to participate in gamma-ray astrophysics program using the MAGIC Telescopes and the first telescopes of CTA installed in El Roque de los Muchachos (ORM).


The gamma-ray astrophysics group at IFAE is playing a leading role in the ongoing construction and commissioning of the first of the four large-size telescopes of CTA-North, dubbed LST-1. LST-1 is a 23-m diameter dish telescope that will start operations at the ORM during 2018. IFAE is also one of the founding members of the MAGIC collaboration, which successfully operates the twin MAGIC gamma-ray telescopes at the ORM since 2003. IFAE designed and built the camera of the first MAGIC telescope, as well as a significant part of the data acquisition electronics for both telescopes. Our group is also responsible for the science data center of the MAGIC collaboration, located at the neighboring Port d’Informació Cientìfica (PIC), and participates in all MAGIC physics working groups.


These positions are funded by the “La Caixa” Foundation under the “La Caixa” Junior Leader postdoctoral fellowships program, aimed at hiring up to 33 excellent researches – of any nationality – to conduct a research project at accredited centres such as those awarded with the Severo Ochoa distinction of excellence. By means of a complementary training program, these fellowships are intended to consolidate research skills and to foster an independent scientific career as an option for the future.


Program description.

Interested candidates with an excellent CV, and satisfying the eligibility criteria, are encouraged to apply online.


The application deadline is September 26, 2018.


Before applying, please contact us to let us know your interest in this position. Contact: Oscar Blanch (, Abelardo Moralejo (

The gamma-ray astronomy group in the Erlangen Center for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP) at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg is seeking outstanding individuals for one or more Postdoctoral researcher positions (f/m) to contribute to the analysis of current gamma-ray telescope data (H.E.S.S.-II, Fermi-LAT) and to the development of the Cherenkov Telescope array (CTA).


The successful candidates are expected to cover research areas such as:


  • Development and evaluation of camera electronics for CTA (FlashCam, CHEC)
  • Data analysis and simulations for CTA (ctapipe, fermipy, gammapy, ctools)
  • Improvements to the analysis of H.E.S.S. Phase-II data (deep learning)
  • Multi-messenger observations of high-energy sources


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 hardware and software development 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 September 2018. The initial contract will be for 3 years, with an option of an extension by a maximum of further 3 years. The contract will be in salary grade E13/A13. Application deadline is 1 August 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 newly established Centre for Astro-Particle Physics (CAPP) at the University of Johannesburg offers an opening to enhance their participation in Fermi-LAT, CTA and KM3Net. The details of the position can be found at


The deadline for application is 31 August 2018

The Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP) at University of Erlangen, Germany has an opening for a full professor in experimental astroparticle physics (successor of Gisela Anton). The candidate is expected to contribute to, or expand the research activities in ECAP. Potential research areas are, amongst others, high energy astroparticle physics, dark matter, and gravitational waves.


The deadline for applications is August 31st, 2018.


For more information, please see the following link: and/or contact Prof. Dr. Stefan Funk at