Jefferson Lab

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

2 Year Term Position

Posting Date: 10/10/2023
Salary Range: $61,100 - $91,700 (PD)
Work Location Type: Dedicated On-Site (working 100% on-site)

What your job will be like:

This position will be part of a collaborative effort encompassing experimental nuclear physics and data science to develop AI-assisted design approaches to optimize the design of the ePIC experiment at the upcoming Electron-Ion Collider. This collaborative initiative builds upon the key insights drawn from the DOE Town Halls on AI for Science held in 2019: "AI techniques that can optimize the design of complex, large-scale experiments have the potential to revolutionize the way experimental nuclear physics is currently done”. The approach will involve the meticulous utilization of Geant4-based simulations, integrated with the software stack of the ePIC experiment. The AI-assisted detector design optimization will be supported by expansive distributed processing capabilities, creating a robust and all-encompassing infrastructure tailored for the optimization of large-scale detector systems. The resulting infrastructure will find universal applicability, adaptable to large-scale experiments planned at CEBAF and various other facilities.

In this role, you will:

  • Work with data scientists on a multi-objective optimization framework. The development will focus on the management of a multidimensional detector design space and multiple competing noisy objectives, while also accommodating constraints.
  • Aid to the development of detector simulations as well as detector and physics studies for the ePIC experiment.
  • Study the AI-assisted design approach on specific examples.

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

Additionally, at least 2 letters of recommendation should be sent on your behalf to Sadie Cherry (cherry @

JSA will not sponsor H1B visas for this position.

Qualifications we require:


  • a) PhD degree in Physics from an accredited university


  • a) Ability to communicate clearly in writing (e.g. email, memos, explanations, drawings) and explain work to his/her supervisor and others in the group.
  • b) Interacts well with work group.
  • c) Represent work associated with specific projects at professional meetings.

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 am – 5 pm EST to provide the nature of your request.

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.