Jefferson Lab

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

2 Year Term Position

Posting Date: 01/24/2024
Salary Range: $85,500 - $135,300 (SE II)
Work Location Type: Dedicated On-Site (working 100% on-site)

What your job will be like:

The System Engineer will work in a small group, developing polarized material for physics experiments. The candidate will support the engineering effort for a polarized fusion project (the JLab SPF project), a multi-lab Department of Energy effort which will help to pave the road towards a viable fusion power reactor. The candidate will collaborate with colleagues at Jefferson Lab and our partner labs at the University of Virginia, Oak Ridge National Lab, University of California-Irvine and General Atomics on the overall systems engineering/technical integration efforts for the project.

In this role you will:

  • Work with scientists, technical staffs and students developing new concepts. Collaborate with the JLab target group to design/construct/commission cryogenic equipment related to the polarized fusion project.
  • Work with scientists and engineers to develop and document requirements, specifications and interfaces for the JLab SPF project
  • Serve as a Design Authority for the pressure systems required for the JLab SPF project
  • Responsible for Target Group’s cryostat work
  • Work with engineering colleagues in the collaboration-wide effort to develop project integration plans
  • Support project reviews and reporting by providing and presenting information on engineering aspect.
  • Write professional correspondence, technical papers, presentations, and documents in accordance with Lab and project guidelines for audiences of project team members, Lab leadership, and/or the Department of Energy

Qualifications we require:


  • BS in Engineering or Physics


  • 4 years of relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively train his/her work group and effectively lead work teams within the work group
  • Demonstrated experience in technical writing of plans, reports, and presentations, and the ability to give effective presentations to general audiences and write convincing proposals and reports with all necessary backup material for lab consumption
  • Working knowledge of Finite Element Analysis codes and familiarity with the ASME Boiler Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC).
  • Experience developing and monitoring requirements and interfaces
  • Familiar with systems engineering and procedures

Qualifications we prefer:


  • Master's degree in cryogenics engineering or similar field

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Experience working with cryogenic systems, with at least two years of experience as a cryogenic engineering professional is highly desi
  • Industry-standard certifications in mechanical engineering or related fields
  • Familiarity with the technology and national labs projects involving fusion energy

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 accommodation 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 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.