Jefferson Lab

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

Posting Date: 09/05/23
Range: $61,100 - $91,700 (PD)
Work Type: Hybrid (combination of on-site and remote work based on business need)

What your job will be like:

Jefferson Lab is a nuclear physics research facility funded by Office of Science of the Department of Energy. The Computational Sciences and Technology (CST) division is responsible for the support of scientific computing projects and the computing infrastructure that advance the science mission of the laboratory. The mission for the data science department is to develop and apply advance data analytics to advance the Jefferson Lab scientific objective and regional scientific efforts. The Data Science Department at Jefferson Lab is conducting research and development in machine learning and data analysis focused on:

  • Generative AI
  • Scalable Machine Learning
  • Automated and autonomous for design and control applications
  • Robust and scalable Machine Learning (ML)/Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions

This 2+ year appointment (contingent on continued funding) will focus on projects aimed at applying data science methods to relevant Jefferson Lab mission projects.

Jefferson Lab is hiring up to 2 Data Scientist Postdocs.

Essential Skills & Job Functions

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance:

  • Conduct technical research in areas of interest to the projects
  • Publish research results in highly visible, peer-reviewed venues (conferences & journals)
  • Develop and maintain high quality software for data science projects (machine learning & uncertainty quantify)
  • Interact with internal and external researchers and domain scientists for collaboration purposes
  • Participate and potentially lead technical presentations on the work
  • Participate in team meetings and interact with funding clients

The candidate will have a background in a relevant area of computer science and/or data science and some experience with ML/AI. Applicants must be able to work with a diverse group of subject matter experts, possess good communication skills, and have relevant technical knowledge.


  • PhD degree or greater in Computer Science, Data Science, Applied Mathematics, Computer Engineering, or a closely related technical area.
  • Peer-reviewed publication record in Data Sciences, Machine Learning or a closely related area

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficiency in Python and familiarity with publicly available technical libraries for data analytics (e.g. scikit-learn), deep learning (e.g. Pytorch, Tensorflow) and optimization tools.
  • Ability to work with large datasets and mine relevant information for use in AI/ML applications
  • Proactive, highly motivated self-starter with demonstrated experience with contributing and leading tasks on major projects with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop approaches and solutions to complex problems in the forms of proposals, software, documents or other work products.
  • Must be able to operate computer equipment in an office or laboratory environment
  • Ability to clearly communicate and report the progress on tasks and projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively work on project teams

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.

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.