Jefferson Lab

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

Posting Date: 10/18/23
Salary Range: $61,100 - $91,700 (PD)
Work Location Type: Hybrid (combination of on and off-site work based on business needs)

The Theory Center at Jefferson Lab (JLab) expects to have two theory postdoctoral fellow positions available for the fall of 2024, and invites applications for these positions. These positions are normally for two years, but outstanding performance in research may allow an extension to a third year.

The Theory Center at JLab has a very active and diverse research program in QCD and its applications in hadronic and nuclear physics, including while not limited to,

  1. Studies of strong coupling QCD on the lattice computing the spectrum, decays, transition form factors and multidimensional structure of hadrons;
  2. Applications of effective field theories to nuclear and hadronic properties;
  3. Calculations of nuclear properties and their electroweak interactions;
  4. Applications of scattering theory methods to the phenomenology of multi-hadron final states relevant for the spectroscopy program at JLab 12 GeV and worldwide;
  5. Applications of QCD factorization to observables sensitive to single and multiple dimensional hadron structures and their extraction from experimental data and first-principals lattice computation using QCD global analyses;
  6. Extensions of all such studies for a future Electron-Ion Collider; and
  7. Machine learning / A.I. and quantum computing for nuclear physics.

There are established networking opportunities to interact and collaborate with researchers worldwide to bring global experience and expertise to bear on extracting definitive physics results from the experimental program at JLab and worldwide. More information about JLab and its Theory Center can be found at

Qualifications We Require:

  • A Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear or high energy physics
  • A strong publication record. Any of above research areas is preferred.

All applicants must apply for the position through the JLab Careers Page and upload the following documents:

  1. A cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Three letters of recommendations
  4. A statement of research interests
  5. A publication list through the Academic Jobs Online post at AcademicJobOnline (

The deadline for applications is November 19th, 2023.

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 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.