Jefferson Lab

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

Posting Date:
Salary Range: $63,700 - $100,600 (TECH III)
Work Location Type: Hybrid (combination of on and off-site work based on business needs)

We are seeking self-motivated individuals to join the Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) Group as a Mechanical Designer. The position calls for applicants who have a proven track record of generating complex designs such as cryomodules, structures, testing equipment, mechanisms, machine components, vacuum equipment, electromechanical devices, and piping systems. The designer will be tasked to turn concepts and ideas into working assemblies and systems with independent thinking. The designer will be required to plan work assignments and maintain schedule and may be required to supervise other designers. In addition, they may be tasked to follow projects through purchasing, fabrication, and installation.

In this role you will:

  • Work under the direction of Senior Designers, Engineers, and Physicists to develop state of the art SRF components and systems.
  • Lead the system design in one or more of the SRF technology areas and may providing direction to more junior designers.
  • Demonstrate high degree of competency in design and drafting techniques with Siemens NX and AutoCAD software to create complex models and drawings of components and assemblies.
  • Have practical experience producing orthographic mechanical and fabrication drawings.
  • Understand and appropriately apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.

Qualifications We Require:

  • High School diploma plus 9 years relevant experience or relevant Associate's Degree and 7 years relevant experience*

*or equivalent combination of education and experience in the drafting and design field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Performs work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems of moderate complexity.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Comprehension of SRF cavities, cryomodules and their components
  • Knowledge and understanding of ultra-high vacuum systems and cryogenic systems
  • Experience with developing tooling and fixtures for complex assemblies
  • Experience in machining and/or metal fabrication design and awareness of ASME / AWS weld joint design
  • Familiarity with process plant and equipment design including process and instrumentation drawings
  • Proficiency in NX CAD and Teamcenter (or equivalency)

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 employment@ or call (757) 269-7598 to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.