Jefferson Lab

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

Posting Date: 04/18/24
Salary Range: $55,600 - $87,900 (Tech II)
Work Type: Dedicated On-site (100% working on-site)

What your job will be like:

At Jefferson Lab, we are known around the world as a leader in accelerator science where cutting-edge research and technology is in the forefront of our projects. Join our Engineering Department to help perform routine measurements and positioning tasks associated with the precision alignment of components in a particle accelerator. The incumbent will primarily work as a member of an alignment crew but may also take the role of alignment crew chief when necessary. You will be responsible for the field calibration and accurate use of instruments such as laser trackers and portable measurement arms as well as optical levels, electronic theodolites, and fixed coordinate measuring machines. Utilize computer-based survey systems. Work under minimal supervision while interfacing with engineers, designers, and physicists as required to accomplish assigned tasks. When working as a crew chief, supervise other staff and take the responsibility of planning, selecting and ensuring correct alignment procedures are used for each task.

As a member of the Metrology crew, you will be responsible for the organization and quality of tasks assigned by the crew chief. Accurately operate precision alignment field instruments to achieve the precision demanded by the task. These instruments include optical levels, transits, theodolites, PCMM arms, laser trackers, and specialized fixtures. Maintain proper handling and storage of equipment and communicate any problems associated with equipment to alignment coordinator or group leader.

The incumbent will be required to work with of our computer-based systems such as Spatial Analyzer and maintain a knowledge of geometry and coordinate systems. Document and report survey results, field measurements and problems associated with assignments.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Perform precision alignment of components in the particle accelerator and other lab areas.
  • Work as a member of an alignment crew. Lead crews as necessary.
  • Ensure the effective planning and selection of correct alignment procedures are used for each task.
  • Be responsible for the accurate use and field calibration of instruments such as laser trackers and portable measurement arms, as well as optical levels, electronic theodolites, and fixed coordinate measuring machines.
  • Work under minimal supervision and interface with engineers, designers and physicists to accomplish the assigned tasks.
  • Perform the duties of member of a metrology crew, responsible for the organization and quality of tasks assigned by the crew chief.
  • Work with specialized survey software including Spatial Analyzer.
  • Ensure survey planning and results are properly documented.


  • High School Graduate with 5 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Some knowledge of survey and alignment principles.
  • A basic understanding of geometry, trigonometry and coordinate systems.
  • Some experience with metrology software packages (e.g. Spatial Analyzer, PolyWorks, Verisurf, etc.) is advantageous. General computer skills.
  • Some mechanical skills advantageous (e.g. use of basic hand tools).

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 reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to recruiting @ or call (757) 269-7100 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.