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Work type: Onsite, Partial Remote, Remote, Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

The Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center is seeking candidates to support the development of low-level data acquisition and communications firmware and software for the ongoing, fully-funded IceCube Upgrade and the maintenance of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole. The IceCube Upgrade expands IceCube's reach to lower energies and adds more detailed calibrations, with an eye towards detector development for a larger-scale next-generation neutrino experiment, IceCube-Gen2. The ideal candidate will possess expertise in implementing custom digital communications, with experience in embedded systems, data acquisition systems, distributed sensor arrays, and a distributed, project-centric engineering effort.

About the Job:

Instrumentation Engineer II (RE071)

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Bachelor's Degree
in Physics, electrical/computer engineering, computer science, or related area.

Master's Degree


-minimum of 5 years experience with data acquisition instrumentation (hardware, firmware, and/or software)
-minimum of 2 years experience with hardware descriptive languages, FPGAs, and firmware development (Altera or Xilinx, VHDL or Verilog)
- minimum of 2 years experience with custom electronics design, either analog or digital, and associate schematic capture and/or board layout with industry-standard tools (Altium, Cadence, Mentor Graphics, or similar)
- the ability to work independently, creatively, and efficiently within an international scientific collaboration
-experience with digital communication protocols, either standard or custom, and associated data compression algorithms
- experience with standard board-level digital interfaces (SPI, I2C, UARTs)
-experience with digital electronics design for data acquisition systems, especially for high reliability and/or redundancy
- experience with high-level synthesis tools for FPGAs (Vitis, Vivado HLS)
- experience with RF electronics, analog and/pr digital
-experience with a large physics collaboration

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

UW-Madison employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to January 18, 2022 or the first day of employment, whichever comes later. An individual is considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the single-dose vaccine or two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series. Medical or religious accommodations will be considered. Please visit for more information.

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 fifty worldwide research institutions collectively participate in a wide-ranging research program to study high-energy neutrinos to learn about their cosmic sources and fundamental properties. 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

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



Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 50% - 100%

Remote work available

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $65,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications                                

Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit a resume/cv and cover letter highlighting relevant work experience and qualifications.  Reference PVL 244341 in the cover letter.


Kristina Chorlton
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Official Title:

Instrumentation Engineer II(RE071)

Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


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