Jefferson Lab

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Posting Date: 01/27/23
Salary Range:
$68,100 - $107,700 (SE-I); $85,500 - $135,300 (SE-II)
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:
As an RF Engineer for the Radio Frequency (RF) group, you will report to RF group leadership and will work to develop RF systems for the Electron Ion Collider (EIC) project and support RF design initiatives in support of CEBAF accelerator operations. Your job duties will include the development of state-of-the-art RF technologies, maintaining RF systems to support accelerator operations improvements, and addressing obsolescence issues. Other specific responsibilities may include leading the development of new RF systems (EIC Low Level RF, CEBAF LLRF, AI/ML DAQ electronics), maintaining an understanding of JLAB’s overall goals (CEBAF and EIC) and assisting in keeping the RF group abreast of the latest technology.

In this role, you will:

  • Participate in the development of new RF equipment for the EIC project and resolves obsolescence issues with existing equipment in the CEBAF accelerator.
  • Maintain an understanding of CEBAF accelerator operations as it pertains to RF systems. Work with accelerator operability to increase machine availability/reliability.
  • Work with the RF group, SRF institute, accelerator operations, and EES management to develop RF strategies that optimize the performance of existing and future RF systems both for EIC and the CEBAF.
  • Ensure projects are developed with stakeholder involvement, reviewed at appropriate stages, and documented upon completion. Ensure equipment turn over meets the needs of our customers during acceptance testing.
  • Work within a team of RF engineers and/or technicians. Guide reports in the development and troubleshooting of hardware and software used to support EIC and CEBAF.
  • Work to ensure the project follows all ES&H electrical safety requirements. Stay up to date for all required training and provide feedback to improve the safety as appropriate. Foster a culture of safety within the group.
  • Lead critical RF projects with high impact on the EIC project and CEBAF performance. (SE-II only)
  • Be required to assist in the coordination off-hour accelerator emergency repairs to support 24-hour a day operation of the accelerator.

Qualifications We Require:


  • BS degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited university


    Staff Engineer-I:

    • No relevant work experience is required.

    Staff Engineer-II:

    • Four years of relevant experience with electrical engineering systems

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Strong background in electrical engineering
    • Solid knowledge of electrical circuits and systems.
    • Individual will be a system expert in one of the following areas, RF/Microwave electronics, Analog electronics, FPGA/Digital Circuits.
    • Able to compose and publish research work in peer-reviewed journals.

    Qualifications We Desire:

    • Master's Degree preferred
    • An understanding of Accelerator Physics, charged particle acceleration and or superconducting RF, with demonstrated experience is desired.
    • Experience with electrical engineering systems

    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.