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Apply now Job no: 96455-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research, Scientific

Position Vacancy ID:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Terminal

Working Title:

IceCube WinterOver Experiments Operator

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Anticipated Begin Date:

JULY 01, 2019


This position will end on DECEMBER 31, 2020.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $72,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and area of specialization:

M.S. in computer science, physics, electrical engineering or related field is preferred. Bachelors degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or related field and substantial experience (equivalent to a masters degree) will be considered.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Minimum of three years of work experience in the following areas:

- Linux/Unix operating systems. Configuring core services and network management.
- Writing systems shell scripts (Bash, Python,and/or Perl).
- Ability to take initiative (must be a self-starter).
- Excellent communication and organization skills.

- Computer systems security methodology and experience with host-based security tools.
- Skills in maintaining and debugging of high-performance computing hardware.
- Experience with data storage products such as RAID disk arrays.
- Use of standard laboratory equipment such as oscilloscopes, digital multi-meters, amp meters, etc.
- Understanding of TCP/IP networking.
- General electronics debugging and repair skills.
- Experience working at polar and/or high-altitude sites and remote locations.

License or Certificate:


Position Summary:

These positions serve as the IceCube "Winterovers" and will be deployed to the South Pole for 12-13 months. Training for two candidates is anticipated to begin in Madison, WI in July, 2019. Deployment to the South Pole is expected to be in early October, 2019 for 12-13 months with no possibility of leaving during the winter months from mid-February, 2020 to mid-October, 2020.

Expertise will be balanced between the two candidates over the range of skills required. Individuals will be required to have a good working knowledge of the entire system. The candidates will be members of a small isolated community at the South Pole for eight months of the year. Community members participate in a wide range of activities including fire or trauma team, kitchen tasks, general cleaning, and station opening and closing duties. The successful candidates will attend the NSF contractor orientation program and will be expected to pass physical and psychological evaluations to work at polar and high altitude sites for one year, as required by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs.

Additional Information:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a research institution with an international reputation in physical sciences researchand education. The Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) is a research center in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education lwith responsibility for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a kilometer-scale neutrino detector at the South Pole. The detector consists of more than 5000 optical sensors deployed over one kilometer-deep in Antarctic ice. A collaboration of scientists from over forty world-wide research institutions collectively participate in a research program to study high-energy neutrinos from cosmic sources. The collaboration uses the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the National Science Foundation's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station for this research program. UW-Madison is responsible to the National Science Foundation and the IceCube collaboration for the Maintenance & Operation of the observatory. Details can be found at

Along with a team of one additional IceCube winter-over personnel, this position will beresponsible for all winter-over operations of this state-of-the-art neutrino observatory. This position is located at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and reports to the Winter-over Manager in Madison, WI.

WIPAC is committed to increasing diversity in our field and encourages women and underrepresented populations in particular to apply.


Kristina Gislason
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to Applicants:

Please upload resume/CV and cover letter that specifies how you meet the required experience.

Additional Link: Full Position Details
  NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required
  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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