Jefferson Lab

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Posting Date: 10/03/2022
Salary Range: $110,300 - $174,200 (SE-III)
Work Location Type: Hybrid (combination of on-site and remote work based on business needs)

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

What your job will be like:

As a Cryogenic Process Lead at Jefferson Lab, you will be the part of the senior engineering staff leading cryogenic process within the Cryogenics Engineering Department. The engineer will lead other junior process engineers in support of various exciting cryogenic projects and existing cryogenic system. These projects can include the design, fabrication, installation and commissioning of large-scale 2 Kelvin and 4 Kelvin helium refrigeration systems that include: cold and warm compression systems, cold boxes, pumping systems, cryogenic fluid transfer systems, pressure vessels and large utility support systems for cooling water, power utilities and gas management/storage.

In this role, you will:

  • Direct the work of other process engineers and interacting with other design engineers as well as operation engineers and technicians for the design, installation, and commissioning efforts for one of several 2/4K refrigeration projects that the Department has in progress.
  • Review and guide junior process engineers in cryogenic department.
  • Work planning, execution, progress assessment for the cryogenic process engineering
  • Establish a close interaction with mechanical and electrical engineering leads
  • Generate ideas to optimize cryogenic processes and implement the ideas in ongoing projects
  • Involve in day-to-day operations of large refrigeration systems supporting JLab operations and testing so that this experience can be translated into new system designs.
  • Support cryogenic on-call duties for existing five refrigerators if needed.

Qualifications We Require:


  • Bachelor’s degree is minimally acceptable from an accredited university


  • 10+ years of experience necessary in area of cryogenic engineering related to helium liquefiers/refrigerators, distribution systems, or closely related industries such as air separation.
  • Extensive experience and background in providing the process design and optimization ideas of equipment related to the production and distribution of cryogenic fluids, plant layouts of such equipment, and supporting utilities is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to communicate clearly in writing (e.g. email, memos, explanations, drawings) and explain work to their supervisor and others in the group
  • Can work effectively with peers
  • Can work independently and productively and can interact with lab management, other engineers and external stakeholders

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master’s degree or higher is preferred in any applicable Engineering or Physics disciplines
  • Ability to develop system requirements documents with follow-on procurement specifications that address the relevant load requirements and operational conditions is preferred.
  • Prior supervisory experience and project management experience including cost, schedule and resource planning is preferred.

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

Mental Requirements

  • Ability to perform complex and/or varied tasks
  • Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore and implement alternative solutions
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and systems and develop models
  • Capable of analytic and deductive reasoning

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to get across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
  • Ability to stoop, bend over and climb ladders
  • Ability to carry up to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to access and work in confined spaces
  • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods
  • Visual capabilities to use computer workstations, read drawings and documents, make field observations, and see safety alarms
  • Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms
  • Ability to sit and work on a computer for extended periods
  • Must be physically able to obtain certifications for working in ODH and radiation worker environments.

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 employment @ or call (757) 269-7598 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.