Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Nov 02, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Job no: 228158-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

These positions serve as the IceCube "Winterovers" who will be deployed to the South Pole for 12 to 13 months. Training for two candidates is anticipated to begin in Madison, WI in July, 2021. Deployment to the South Pole is expected to be in early October, 2021 for 12 to 13 months with no possibility of leaving during the winter months from mid-February, 2022 to mid-October, 2022. 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 serving on a fire or trauma team and doing kitchen tasks, general cleaning, and station opening and closing duties. The Winterovers will also attend the National Science Foundation (NSF) contractor orientation program and must pass the 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.

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

M.S. in computer science, physics, electrical engineering or related field is preferred. Bachelor's degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or related field and substantial experience in relevant work 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 including configuring core services and network management.
- Writing scripts for system diagnostics and/or task automation (e.g. Bash, Python, 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.
- High-performance computing hardware maintenance and debugging skills.
- Experience with data storage products such as RAID disk arrays.
- Understanding of TCP/IP networking.
- Ability to use standard laboratory equipment such as oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, etc.
- General electronics debugging and repair skills.
- Experience working at polar and/or high-altitude sites and remote locations.

Additional Information:

A successful applicant must be a US citizen or able to show eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

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 .

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
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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Terminal

Job Number:


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Applications Open: Nov 2 2020 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Jan 31 2021 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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