Jefferson Lab

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

Posting Date: 03/29/2024

Salary Range: $69,900-$110,500 (SE I), 87,700 - $138,800 (SE II)

Work Location Type: 100% dedicated on-site

What your job will be like:

The Experimental Nuclear Physics Division at Jefferson lab is seeking an Engineer to perform professional level technical work in areas of mechanical/electrical engineering including but not limited to—mechanical design, heat transfer, thermodynamics, magnet design, electromagnetic design, cryogenics, vacuum system design, structural design, pressure vessel and piping design, PLC controls and other related engineering areas.

SEI:

In your role, you will…

  • Perform as a design engineer on components and systems employed in JLab’s Physics Division experimental setups. Examples of such systems include: 1. Particle detectors (almost all of which have high accuracy alignment systems) 2. Air-cooled, water-cooled and superconducting magnets (superconducting magnets require cryogens for cooling). 3. Magnet design requires many disciplines such as fluid dynamics, stress analysis, heat transfer, and magnetic field analysis (Magnets also have safety requirements to protect them from potential damage from stored energy and to protect people from the stray fields).
  • Design systems such as those above may operate in air or vacuum. You will be exposed to vacuum pumps and supporting systems. This will require pump-down calculations and learning about cleaning of parts and material outgassing.
  • Learn to use ASME pressure vessel and piping codes. Follow Jefferson Lab’s ES&H manual.
  • Work with other engineers, scientists and technicians in defining requirements, designing, analyzing, fabricating, installing, testing and commissioning components or systems.
  • Present conceptual and detailed designs to engineers, physicists, instrumentation & control programmers and installation technicians.
  • Analyze electro-magnetic, structural and thermal aspects of designs by performing analytical calculation as well as using FEA tools
  • Learn magnet design tools OPERA/TOSCA-3D multi-physics magnetic analysis, and ANSYS/MAXWELL through self-study or by taking in-house classes given by experts.
  • Design components and assemblies in a 3D CAD tool such as Siemens NX, produce CAD models, fabrication drawings, and check and approve drawings by others for fabrication of those designs, support procurement and fabrication of components and assemblies.
  • Document work in analysis reports, test reports, and technical notes and present results at internal reviews, and appropriate technical conferences.
  • Support on call for experimental support.
SEII:

In your role, you will…

  • Perform as a design engineer on components and systems employed in JLab’s Physics Division experimental setups. Examples of such systems include: 1. Particle detectors (almost all of which have high accuracy alignment systems) 2. Air-cooled, water-cooled and superconducting magnets (superconducting magnets require cryogens for cooling). 3. Magnet design requires many disciplines such as fluid dynamics, stress analysis, heat transfer, and magnetic field analysis (Magnets also have safety requirements to protect them from potential damage from stored energy and to protect people from the stray fields).
  • Exercise technical judgement in planning, organizing, performing, coordinating and/or directing engineering work
  • Perform engineering studies including the planning of projects or subtasks so they may be tracked and presented
  • Work as a project team member primarily for MOLLER and EIC, working on normal and large, bath normal and superconducting magnets for the experimental nuclear physics halls and other related experimental equipment
  • Design and analyze electro-magnets using a suite of modeling programs or FEA software such as OPERA, ANSYS, MAXWEL, etc. to meet the defined requirements
  • Work closely with senior engineers, physicists, and technicians to carry out the work and lead design staff to document designs and necessary modifications
  • Help to translate conceptual designs into a functional magnet design
  • Serve the role of magnet system owner and serve as the point of contact within the group
  • Learn maintaining and improving the performance of magnets and supporting designs and modifications
  • Design and develop peripheral system elements such as vacuum vessels, pressure vessels and piping, support structures, cooling water system designs, heat transfer, and vibration analysis
  • Design, fabricate, assemble, measure, test and commission elements supporting projects and other magnet projects across the laboratory
  • Support on call for experimental support.

Qualifications Required:

SEI:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • A strong analytical and numerical background
  • Previous engineering work experience either as a student, intern in industry or government
  • Ability to communicate clearly in writing (e.g. email, memos, explanations, drawings) and to explain work to their supervisor and others in the group, and work effectively with peers
  • Must be proficient with software programs MS Office suite
  • Basic knowledge of finite element analysis

Qualifications preferred:

  • Familiarity with basic fabrication including hand and power tools
  • Basic knowledge of ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes
  • Ability to use CAD and FEA software
  • Experience using annotations on engineering drawings
  • Experience with Mathcad
  • Engineer in training (EIT) Exam completion.

SEII:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Physics

Experience:

4 years of relevant experience including at least 1 year of experience relevant to engineering design, testing and production of normal magnets, superconducting magnets, and associated magnet systems or similarly complex systems

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • A strong analytical and numerical background
  • Experience with engineering analysis tools such as FEA software
  • Previous engineering work experience
  • Experience using symbols and annotations on engineering drawings
  • Ability to communicate clearly in writing (e.g. email, memos, explanations, drawings) and explain work to their supervisor and others in the group, and work effectively with peers
  • Must be proficient with software programs MS Office suite
  • Experience in writing specification and SOW
  • Open to learning.

Qualifications preferred:

Education:

Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics from an accredited university.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities preferred:

  • Familiarity with basic fabrication including hand and power tools
  • Familiarity with welding techniques
  • Knowledge of ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes
  • Professional Engineer License or Engineer in training (EIT) Exam completion
  • Proficiency in using FEA package
  • Ability to use FLUENT for thermodynamic and flow calculations
  • Ability to use both AutoCAD and NX CAD software
  • Experience with MS Project and Mathcad

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 (Paid Parental, vacation, holidays, and sick leave)

• 401(k) Plan – 9% Lab Contribution; 100% vested • Flexible Work Arrangements (Remote & 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@ jlab.org 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.