Jefferson Lab

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

Posting Date: 04/20/2023
Salary Range: $61,100 - $91,700 (PD)
Work Location Type: Flexible On-site (working more than 60% on-site).

What your job will be like:

The Hall C postdoctoral fellow is expected to take an active role in the upcoming Hall C experimental program at Jefferson Lab. Hall C has successfully finished a large number of experiments with the new Super High Momentum Spectrometer (SHMS) and High Momentum Spectrometer (HMS). In the upcoming run period, Hall C will be running experiments to study the pion form factor, L–T separated pion electroproduction, short range correlations, the EMC effect and nuclear PDFs in a range of nuclei using the standard SHMS and HMS setup. In the following run period, the Neutral Particle Spectrometer (NPS) will be installed and experiments will measure DVCS and p0 SIDIS. After these experiments run, an exciting experimental program that has been approved by the PAC will be executed. A sampling of these experiments are: measuring in medium modifications by tagging the recoiling proton in a Large Acceptance Detector (LAD), measuring R in SIDIS and color transparency in pion production.

In this role you will:

  • Work alongside users and staff scientists to take part in the running and analysis of the ongoing experiments.
  • Interact with the Jefferson Lab user community in the development of new experimental equipment and proposals.
  • Provide support for the operation of the SHMS and HMS detectors and other Hall equipment.
  • Present experimental results at meetings and conferences.

Please send at least 2 reference letters and a cover letter to Jennifer Finch (finch

JSA will not sponsor H1B visas for this position.

Qualifications We Require:


  • A Ph.D. in experimental nuclear, partcle, or high-energy astrophysics. Candidate must successfully defend their doctoral dissertation by the date of hire.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in programming and standard software tools and libraries used in particle and nuclear physics
  • Able to communicate clearly in writing and explain work to their supervisor and others in the group
  • Can work effectively with peers
  • Experience with detectors used in nuclear/particle physics experiments.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Expertise in nuclear, particle, and hadronic physics using electromagnetic probes.
  • Working knowledge of the theory and phenomenology of fixed-target electron-nucleus scattering at multi-GeV energies, demonstrated through scholarly publications and/or doctoral dissertation research.
  • Experience or expertise in analog and digital electronics and high-speed data acquisition systems for large-scale, accelerator-based nuclear and particle physics experiments.

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.