University of Wisconsin-Madison

WIPAC Director of Operations

Job Requirements

A minimum of 10 years of experience in a senior science leadership role required. Knowledge of particle physics or astrophysics or a related field. Experience participating in the management of a large-scale international project is desirable. The applicant should have an international reputation and may be a tenured/tenured-track faculty, or an individual who could be qualified as tenurable in the Physical Sciences.

Degree Requirements

Ph.D. in particle physics, astrophysics or related scientific field required.

Principal Duties

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking applicants for the position of Director of the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC), to provide overall direction and day-to-day management of this international research collaboration.

More specifically, the Director of WIPAC will be expected to:

  • Provide vision and leadership for a research environment that accommodates a diverse range of activities, involving world class research in the physical sciences, matching WIPAC goals to appropriate research initiatives.
  • Provide overall scientific leadership, strategic planning, and management of finances and growth. The Director will maintain a scientific climate that fosters creativity, collaboration and productivity in research.
  • Manage external relations efficiently and effectively both within the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in the wider scientific community to facilitate support and collaboration for its educational and research activities. The Director will need to initiate, establish, development and manage collaborative relationships with the University's scientific community, state and federal agencies, and other private and public sectors.

The incumbent will be expected to maintain knowledge of significant developments in particle physics or astrophysics in order to anticipate the directions of existing research initiatives, including future trends.

The WIPAC Director will also serve as the Director of Operations for the IceCube Kilometer-Scale Neutrino Observatory. The IceCube Project has transformed a cubic kilometer of deep Antarctic ice into a particle detector, detecting cosmic ray muons and neutrinos of all flavors. Designed as a discovery instrument, its missions include the search for the accelerators of cosmic rays and for the particle nature of dark matter.

How To Apply

To ensure consideration applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter describing his or her vision for WIPAC and the position of Director, a CV, and three professional letters of recommendation to:

Martin Cadwallader
C/O Kristine Leonowicz
307 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison WI 53706-1612

Applications may also be faxed to (608) 262-5235.

Note: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

Additional Information

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a research institution with an international reputation in physical sciences research and education. WIPAC is a research center in the Graduate School 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 Antarctic ice. A collaboration of scientists from over thirty 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

  • Appointment type: Academic Staff
  • Full time salary rate: Minimum $100,000 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications
  • Term: This is a renewable appointment.
  • Appointment percent: 50%-100%
  • Anticipated begin date: July 1, 2013
  • Number of positions: 1

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

A period of evaluation will be required