Jefferson Lab

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Posting Date: 10/26/2022
Salary Range: $61,100 - $91,700 (PD)
Work Location Type: Hybrid (combination of on-site and remote work based on business needs)

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

What your job will be like:

Hall D is one of 4 experimental halls at Jefferson Lab. It uses a high-intensity broadband linearly polarized photon beam with energies up to 12 GeV. Several experiments have finished data taking and data is being analyzed:

· Experiment GlueX-I (the 1-st stage) has accumulated the world’s largest photoproduction data with a linear polarized beam in the given energy range. While the main focus is the search for hybrid mesons, other topics are also vigorously studied. The next stage of GlueX (GlueX-II) includes an enhanced PID based on Detector of Internally Reflected Cherenkov light (DIRC) and has collected about 30% of the planned data set.

· Experiments using the Primakoff process (two-photon interaction): A finished experiment CPP/NPP will measure the polarizability of pions, another experiment PrimeX-eta currently running to completion will measure the two-photon coupling of eta mesons.

· Experiment SRC/CT is studying short-range correlations and color transparency in nuclei.

In this Role You Will:

  • Support the calibration process with the detector systems
  • Process large data sets, analyzing the data, and obtaining physics results
  • Support hardware projects, namely the new electromagnetic calorimeter, DIRC detector operations, and a Transition Radiation Detector based on GEMs.
  • Take part in developing new experimental ideas, along with the staff scientists and the user community

The appointment will be made initially for two (2) years and may be renewed for up to one additional year.

JSA will not sponsor H1B visas for this position

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

Additionally, at least 2 letters of recommendation should be sent on your behalf to Patricia Cheeseboro

In addition to applying online applicants should send a copy of application materials to Patricia Cheeseboro electronically

Qualifications We Require:


A Ph.D. in experimental nuclear or particle physics


Experience working with particle detectors and in analyzing data is required. Previous experience in photo/electro-production physics or meson spectroscopy will be helpful

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 (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 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.

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.