Jefferson Lab

Posting Date: 08/17/2023
Salary Range: $85,500 - $135,300 (SE II)
Work Location Type: Hybrid (combination of on and off-site work based on business needs)

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

What your job will be like:
A Physics Division Safety Officer (DSO) reports to Division Senior Managers and serves as a key member of the division providing direct support to staff to assure that work activities are consistent with Jefferson Lab’s environmental, health and safety program. It is anticipated that at least 30% of the time will be spent in the field, observing, facilitating, and interfacing with the workforce. The remainder of the incumbent’s time will be spent serving as an interface to the ES&H division engaging various subject matter experts to resolve specific safety related issues and contribute to review of work control documents, policy revisions, and serve as a divisional ODH Risk Assessment Approver.

The incumbent will take the lead to ensure accidents and incidents are promptly investigated, documented, and lessons learned captured. Additionally, the successful candidate will assist to guide the deployment of a commercial work planning tool, ePAS, throughout the division working with divisional staff and ES&H support personnel to resolve issues, refine existing processes to accurately reflect/support field operations, and provide input for modification of associated work processes as needed.

In this role, you will:

  • Collaborate with the ES&H Division to develop metrics to measure Physics Division performance with respect to ES&H targets and objectives.
  • Secure and coordinate additional specific ES&H subject matter support from ES&H Division or others as needed. Keep ES&H Division personnel informed of Physics activities as needed.
  • Serve on Experiment Readiness Reviews, document the reviews and track the recommendations of the reviews.
  • Gather, review, collate, document and distribute all documents required for experiments in all 4 experimental Halls and parasitic experiments.
  • Assure that lab work planning and control policies/procedures and HPI principles are incorporated into all facets of the Division’s work through effective written and verbal communications to all levels of staff as they are made available.
  • Serve as an interface point for the deployment and utilization throughout the Physics Division of the work planning and control package, ePAS. Work with divisional staff to suggest improvements, develop processes that reflect work practices and suggest modifications to the overall process to enhance safety throughout the lab.
  • Perform safety walk downs/audits of work spaces owned or frequented by Physics staff with ES&H subject matter experts and divisional safety wardens. Assist in the identification of corrective actions, and ensure corrective actions are addressed in a timely manner. Ensure lessons learned information is communicated in a timely manner and is actively incorporated into future work planning.
  • Review and approve operational safety procedures for work conducted by Physics Division groups.
  • Serve as the Physics Division ODH risk Assessment Approver. Be able to conduct an ODH risk assessment as an Analysis Authority given input from experts within the division on ODH sources, facility conditions, and possible failure scenarios.
  • Assist with incident/near miss investigations in accordance with Jefferson Lab procedures.
  • Support the use of the lab’s Management Safety Discussion program for the division including performing field observations.
  • Serve as a reviewer of ES&H manual chapters as required.
  • Assist in the safety aspects of planning and coordinating division/department work during scheduled accelerator downs (planned maintenance periods) including reviewing work planning documents such as ATLis entries as appropriate.

Qualifications We Require:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial), Physics or Industrial Safety


  • 4 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience should be with progressive responsibility for research, scientific, and industrial operations activities including all aspects of conducting work safely.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Able to effectively train his/her work group and effectively lead work teams within the work group.
  • Able to give effective presentations to general audiences and write convincing proposals and reports with all necessary backup material for lab consumption.
  • Ability to review and generate oxygen deficiency analysis per the lab process.
  • General working knowledge of industrial hazards and typical mitigation measures, general manufacturing methods and industrial operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully interact, facilitate, and integrate a wide range of personnel, including scientific staff, project management staff, engineers and oversight personnel.
  • Ability to perform causal analysis to determine root cause.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, and to solve problems.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers including Internet, Word, Excel and PowerPoint software

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is a plus

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 8:00 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 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.