Jefferson Lab

Come join our team at Jefferson Lab, where great minds matter.

Posting Date: 01/09/2024

Salary Range: $68,100 - $107,700 (SE I)

Work Location Type: Dedicated On-Site (working 100% on-site)

What your job will be like:

The Hall A & C Group of the Experimental Nuclear Physics Division at Jefferson Lab is seeking an engineer for the Spectrometer Support Group to perform professional level technical work primarily in electrical engineering and PLC controls. You will work on supporting the power supplies, magnet systems, vacuum systems and detectors for the experiments. You will be responsible for performing research and development in engineering principles by utilizing basic or theoretical principles and creative analytical techniques typically acquired in academic studies. You will be responsible for remaining abreast of technical advancements and be proactive in applying effective, cost efficient and best practices to execute processes.

In this role you will:

  • Perform as the electrical engineer on components and systems employed in Hall A and C’s experimental setups and spectrometers such as power supplies, PLCs controls and safety documentation, detectors, electronics and vacuum
  • Work with other Hall A and C engineers, scientists and technicians in designing, analyzing, fabricating, installing, testing and commissioning components or systems
  • Support procurement and fabrication of components and assemblies
  • Document work in analysis reports, test reports, and technical notes. Present results at internal reviews, and appropriate technical conferences
  • Be on call 24/7 on a rotation basis (1-week duration) for experimental support

Qualifications we require:


  • Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering or Applied Physics from an accredited university.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong analytical and numerical background
  • Ability to communicate clearly in writing (e.g. email, memos, explanations, drawings) and explain work to their supervisor and others in the group
  • Ability to troubleshoot equipment
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to effectively work independently and as part of a group

Qualifications we desire:

  • Experience with detectors used in nuclear and particle physics experiments.
  • Experience with the following test equipment: oscilloscope, function generator, multi-meters for electrical measurements, power analyzers, spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, control system measurement
  • Familiarity with the any of the following software : Spice for electrical simulations, Printed Circuit Board (PCB) CAD software, Electrical wiring and Mechanical CAD software, Labview
  • Experience with 3D CAD tools such as Siemens NX.
  • Experience with engineering analysis tools such as FEA software and/or OPERA/TOSCA-3D multi-physics magnetic analysis
  • Familiarity with basic fabrication, welding techniques and ASME BPVC Sect VIII.
  • Professional Engineer License

About Jefferson Lab

Join a community with a common purpose of solving the most challenging scientific and engineering problems of our time. The Jefferson Lab campus is located in southeastern Virginia amidst a vibrant and growing technology community.

A career at Jefferson Lab is more than a job. You will be part of “big science” and work alongside top scientists and engineers from around the world unlocking the secrets of our visible universe. Managed by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is entering an exciting period of mission growth and is seeking new team members ready to apply their skills and passion to have an impact. You could call it work, or you could call it a mission. We call it a challenge. We do things that will change the world.

Total Rewards at Jefferson Lab

At Jefferson Lab, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave)
  • 401(k) Plan – 9% Lab Contribution; 100% vested
  • Flexible Work Arrangements (Hybrid & Alternate Work Schedules available)
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Live near the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay region with access to nearby beaches, mountains, and all major metropolitan centers on the East Coast

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to recruiting@ or contact Human Resources by calling (757) 269-7100 and selecting option 1 between 8:00 am -5:00 pm EST to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.