Jefferson Lab

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

Posting Date: 06/28/2023

Salary Range: $ 85,500 - $135,300 (SE II)

Work Location Type: Dedicated On-Site (working 100% on-site)

What your job will be like:

Are you an engineer looking for an exciting new opportunity to work in support of groundbreaking accelerator science? Come join our team! The Experimental

Nuclear Physics Division at Jefferson lab is seeking an Engineer to perform professional level technical work in areas such as mechanical engineering, Thermodynamics, Electrical engineering, Magnet design, Cryogenics, vacuum, PLC controls and other related engineering areas. You will be responsible for performing research and development in engineering principles by utilizing basic or theoretical principles and creative analytical techniques typically acquired in academic studies. As a member of the project team, you will be responsible for remaining abreast of technical advancements and be proactive in applying effective, cost efficient and best practices to execute processes.

In this role you will...

  • Perform as the design engineer on components and systems employed in Hall C’s experimental setups such as cryogenics, thermodynamics, electromagnets, support structures, superconducting and restive magnets, detectors, vacuum and pressure systems, PLCs controls and ES&H design
  • Work with other engineers, scientists and technicians in defining requirements, designing, analyzing, fabricating, installing, testing and commissioning components or systems
  • Analyze structural and thermal aspects of designs using engineering calculations and FEA tools such as ANSYS, NX, OPERA, MAXWELL, etc
  • Design components and assemblies in a 3D CAD tool such as Siemens NX. Produce or check drawings for fabrication of those designs
  • Support procurement and fabrication of components and assemblies
  • Document work in analysis reports, test reports, and technical notes. Present results at internal reviews, and appropriate technical conferences
  • Be on call 24/7 on a rotation basis (1 week duration) for experimental support

Qualifications we require:


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering from an accredited university.


    • 4 years of relevant experience

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

    • A strong analytical and numerical background
    • Experience with engineering analysis tools such as FEA software and/or OPERA/TOSCA-3D multi-physics magnetic analysis
    • 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

    Qualifications we prefer:

    • Familiarity with basic fabrication, welding techniques and ASME BPVC Sect VIII.
    • Professional Engineer License
    • ANSYS FEA package, static and dynamic, Linear and nonlinear, FLUENT for thermodynamic and flow calculations

      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 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.