By: University of Wisconsin

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We are hiring two “winterovers” who will be deployed to the South Pole, Antarctica for 12 to 13 months to operate and maintain the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. Training for two candidates is anticipated to begin in Madison, WI in August, 2022. Deployment to the South Pole is expected to be in early October, 2022 for 12 to 13 months with no possibility of leaving until the end of deployment. Expertise will be balanced between the two candidates over the range of skills required. Individuals must develop 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 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.

Duties include: operating and maintaining the IceCube detector subsystems; operating and maintaining complex computer data systems at the South Pole; uploading the research data via satellite to the northern hemisphere; analyzing and resolving problems with the detector electronics; providing critical hardware and software support; writing and submitting weekly reports to the collaboration and monthly reports to the National Science Foundation; and participating in Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center outreach activities.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking for an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Previous winterovers have found this to be an exceptionally rewarding and worthwhile position, allowing them to play a leading role in one of the most ambitious science projects in Antarctica. This is also a demanding position, working with a large team of scientists and engineers from a remote location while living at the South Pole. For the right individual this will be an exceptionally rewarding, enjoyable job. More information can be found at

ABOUT THE JOB: Research Cyberinfrastructure Specialist II (RE074)


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  • Master’s Degree
  • Master’s degree or Ph.D . in engineering, physics, computer science, or IT degree with at least 3 years of professional, job-related work experience
  • Considered: Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of professional, job-related experience



  • Linux/Unix operation 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-performing 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.


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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 highenergy 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.


Full Time: 100%. This position requires some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.


Terminal, 17 month appointment. This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding

SALARY: Minimum $75,000 ANNUAL (12 months). Depending on Qualifications.


Please submit a resume and cover letter addressing your qualifications and experiences relating to this position.


Tina Chorlton: [email protected]
Phone: 608-890-0368 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: Research CI Spec II(RE074)

EMPLOYMENT CLASS: Academic Staff-Terminal


APPLICATIONS OPEN: Dec 3 2021 Central Standard Time
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Jan 31 2022 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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