Jefferson Lab

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Posting Date: 10/20/2022
Salary Range: $61,100 - $91,700 (PD)
Work Location Type: Flexible On-site (working more than 60% on-site).

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

What your job will be like:

The Gluonic Excitation Experiment (GlueX) at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) was designed to study the light-quark meson spectrum and to confirm or refute the contribution of hybrid mesons. To unveil the full potential of its world-leading high-precision data and ultimately to achieve its scientific mission, novel approaches must be developed. We are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow to strengthen our efforts using modern analysis methods and high-performance computing.

In this Role You Will:

  • Apply amplitude analysis methods to extract signals for exotic mesons from GlueX data
    • Develop and benchmark analysis software on top-of-the-line graphics processors (GPUs)
    • Lead the investigation into novel AI/ML methods for problems in hadron spectroscopy

    Applicants should upload (a) their CV, (b) research interest/plan and (c) publication list through JLab's online application tracking system

    Additionally, at least 3 letters of recommendation should be sent on your behalf to Patricia Cheeseboro pcheese

    In addition to applying online applicants should send a copy of application materials to Patricia Cheeseboro electronically

    JSA will not sponsor H1B visas for this position

    Qualifications We Require:


    • Ph.D. in experimental nuclear or particle physics


    • Experience in data analysis is required

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Able to communicate clearly in writing (e.g. email, memos, drawings, publications, tech notes)
    • Ability to accurately explain and represent work on specific projects in conferences, workshops, and professional meetings
    • Ability to exhibit strong programming skills
    • Ability to regularly document progress and codes to include familiarity with version control concepts
    • Can work effectively with peers

    Qualifications We Desire:

    • Experience in hadron spectroscopy using amplitude analysis is desired
    • Experience with GPU programming (CUDA) or AI/ML techniques
    • Present results on international conferences and contribute to publications
    • Possibility for contribution to development of real-time data processing schemes on FPGAs for GlueX detector upgrade

    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 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.