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Apply now Job no: 101145-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Information Systems/Technology, Research, Scientific

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, 2020. Deployment to the South Pole is expected to be in early October, 2020 for 12-13 months with no possibility of leaving during the winter months from mid-February, 2021 to mid-October, 2021.

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 Winterovers 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 Winterovers will also attend the National Science Foundation (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.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

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 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 system shell scripts (Bash, Python,and/or Perl).
- Ability to take initiative (must be a self-starter).
- Experience with operational procedures for scientific instruments/industrial equipment.
- 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.
- Understanding of TCP/IP networking.
- Use of standard laboratory equipment such as oscilloscopes, digital multi-meters, amp meters, etc.
- General electronics debugging and repair skills.
- Experience working at polar and/or high-altitude sites and remote locations.

Additional Information:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a research institution with an international reputation in physical sciences research and education. The Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) is a research center in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education with 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 the 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 Winterover personnel, this position will be responsible for all Winterover operations of this state-of-the-art neutrino observatory. This position is located at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and reports to the Winterover Manager in Madison, WI.

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



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal, 18 month appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding


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

Instructions to Applicants:

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


Kristina Chorlton
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. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Terminal

Job Number:


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