IceCube Upgrade Project Manager

Madison, Wisconsin
Minimum $100,000 depending on qualifications + benefits
December 08 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Project Manager

Search for Project Manager for the IceCube Upgrade

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole Station is the preeminent facility for high-energy neutrino multimessenger astronomy.  The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently awarded a five-year, $23M contract towards an initial facility expansion to the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison: the IceCube Upgrade.  WIPAC manages IceCube’s operations, providing management, administration, logistics, and engineering support, and leads the international team working to realize the Upgrade.

Currently, WIPAC is seeking qualified candidates for Project Manager (PM) of the Upgrade. The PM reports to and works in close coordination with the IceCube Upgrade Project Principal Investigator in executing technical and administrative oversight of the Project.  The PM leads a project office team located within WIPAC including financial, engineering, quality, safety, and logistics personnel.  Additionally, the PM directs project technical leads distributed among US and non-US collaborating institutions, guiding the development, production, and installation of the highly specialized detector instrumentation in the remote, hostile environment of the South Pole.

IceCube was built by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and foreign partners and has been in full operation for nearly a decade with an acclaimed, diverse science program that has yielded multiple scientific breakthroughs. The IceCube Upgrade will extend IceCube with an additional in-fill array of dense optical sensors to measure neutrino oscillation parameters and to perform a precision characterization of the ice to boost the performance of the IceCube instrument. The Upgrade additionally lays the groundwork necessary to undertake future larger scale facility enhancements under the NSF’s Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction forecast for the next decade.


Five or more years of direct experience in the management, design and development of complex instrumentation systems. In addition, well-qualified candidates will also have:

  • Experience in leadership and management of teams of scientists, engineers, and technicians in a large collaborative environment.
  • Experience in the design and implementation of systems for evaluating project progress.
  • An understanding of how to identify and arrange for technical resources needed to support project implementation.
  • An ability to solve complex problems in a timely and effective manner.
  • Excellent communication and personnel management skills.
  • Experience in the management of high-value contracts.
  • Experience in the management of large scale, technically complex projects (between $10M to $100M).

Please find application and additional information at

or contact Professor Kael Hanson:  Review of applications will begin on January 8, 2019.