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Director of the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center

Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center
Wisconsin, US
Minimum salary $150,000 depending on qualification + benefits
Posting live until
22 Nov 2023

Job Details

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, a leading research institution, is seeking a knowledgeable leader for the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE).

The WIPAC director will oversee the administration and management of WIPAC and will foster an effective and productive research environment at WIPAC that builds on collegial and supportive working relationships with a diverse community of students, staff and faculty employed in the center, with over 50 collaborating institutions and with other partners. WIPAC serves as the center of science, operations and design of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory (ICNO), a cubic kilometer of glacial ice at the South Pole instrumented as an array of neutrino detectors. Expansion of ICNO capability is underway with the construction of IceCube Upgrade , along with planning for IceCube-Gen2, the next-generation enhancement to increase the instrumented volume of ice by roughly a factor of 10.

The successful candidate will hold a 50% faculty appointment in the Department of Physics or Astronomy concurrent with the 50% appointment Academic Program Director. Candidates must have a proven track record of innovation and high-impact research and are expected to build a vigorous, well-funded research program with an international profile.  The candidate will be expected to perform teaching at all levels, both as part of their research program and in the classroom.  The candidate will contribute through service to the department, college, university, and academic community.

Faculty and scientists at WIPAC collaborate closely with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, forming together a vibrant astroparticle physics community.

Madison is a great place to live, with its lakes, culture, abundant restaurants, and changing seasons. To be persuaded:

Deadline to apply is December 4, 2023.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


Until December of 2011, WIPAC was known as the IceCube Research Center. Following construction completion of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, the mission, vision, and name of the center were revised to reflect the shift from IceCube construction to data analysis and to encompass a broader range of particle astrophysics research interests. Currently, WIPAC faculty and students are involved in IceCube, the Askaryan Radio Array (ARA), the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) experiment, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) and DM-Ice. Within the field of particle astrophysics, our focus is on neutrino astronomy.

Main goals of the center still revolve around IceCube: maintaining and operating the detector to maximize data output and supporting the international collaboration in meaningful ways. Other priorities include recruiting and developing gifted researchers, developing a national education and outreach program, and contributing to the field of particle astrophysics.

Besides a dedication to research in particle astrophysics, WIPAC is focused on developing and producing innovative instrumentation for current and future projects. We work closely with the University of Wisconsin–Madison Physical Sciences Laboratory on the design and production of electronics and hardware.

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