Job description


Job no: 224703-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

WIPAC is seeking a highly qualified candidate to lead the project development of a large extension to the IceCube Neutrino Observatory as Project Manager. The PM reports to and works in close coordination with the Principal Investigator in executing the technical and administrative oversight of the project. The PM will be responsible for establishing a project office team, headquartered at WIPAC, and will direct project technical leads located at WIPAC and distributed among domestic and international IceCube collaborating institutions. The PM will guide the project through development and final design with the goal of progressing the project to NSF's Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) program, with the construction and deployment of the extended observatory starting in 2025 and completion in the early 2030s.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

Masters degree, or Bachelors degree with Masters equivalent experience required, in physics, electrical, computer or mechanical engineering, computer science, or related field. MS is preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

-Five or more years of direct experience in management, design, and development of complex instrumentation systems (above $10 million).

Ideally qualified candidates will also have a demonstrated record of performance in the following areas:
- Development and/or executing of NSF and/or DoE large scale instrument construction projects;
- Production of integrated master schedules using systems such as MS Project or Primavera P6;
- Project performance tracking using Earned Value Management Systems;
- Leadership of teams of scientists, engineers, technicians, and financial analysts, especially in large international scientific collaborations.

Additional Information:

The Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is headquarters to the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a cubic kilometer of glacial ice deep below the South Pole instrumented with an array of over 5000 optical sensors. Its gigantic volume and successful operation over a decade establishes it as the pre-eminent observatory for high-energy neutrinos. IceCube is one of roughly two dozen major facilities supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) who provided $240 million of the $280 million for construction with the remaining coming from foreign partners. In the ten years of full operations of IceCube, the observatory has made a number of groundbreaking discoveries in the fields of particle astrophysics and multi-messenger astronomy.

WIPAC is currently leading the IceCube Upgrade, the first step of facility enhancements to expand IceCube science into the next decade. The Upgrade, a $23 million NSF mid-scale construction project, will deploy 7 additional strings of advanced optical sensors to densely instrument the core region of IceCube to explore neutrino particle properties and permit precision characterization of the optics of the ice to improve key performance parameters of the IceCube detector. In addition the Upgrade lays the groundwork for the next step in facility enhancements: IceCube-Gen2.

IceCube-Gen2, currently in the conceptual design phase and being considered by the US National Academies' Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics 2020 (Astro2020) as one of the high-priority astronomy experiments of the next decade, will expand the IceCube detector volume with the addition of 120 strings of optical detectors. This will increase the sensitivity to high energy neutrinos by an order of magnitude, allowing IceCube to probe deeper into the high-energy sky, building on the discoveries to date.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $125,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit a resume and cover letter describing your qualifications as they relate to the position description.


Kristina Chorlton
[email protected]
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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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Applications Open: Aug 27 2020 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close:Sep 25 2020 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time




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Posted: 8/28/2020
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