Jefferson Lab

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

Posting Date: 07/18/2023
Range: $68,100 - $107,700 SE-I; $85,500 - $135,300 SE-II
Work Location Type: Flexible On-site (working more than 60% on-site)

What your job will be like:

Is your passion in engineering and system components while enabling groundbreaking science? Jefferson Lab seeks a self-motivated Survey Engineer to join the Survey and Alignment Group within the Engineering Division. As a member of the Alignment team, you will be responsible for providing engineering support associated with the precision alignment of components in a particle accelerator. This will include carrying out data preparation, reduction, and analysis, as well as exercising technical judgment in planning, organizing, performing, and/or coordinating specific installation jobs.

The candidate should have the ability to understand and perform survey computations, coordinate transformations and least squares adjustments; and be able to accurately read and interpret mechanical drawings to generate ideal coordinates and resolve design issues.

In the SE-II role, you will...

  • Oversee and maintain the major survey networks used across the lab.
  • Provide the Survey and Alignment group with the necessary data that define the ideal location of components for accelerator and experimental installations.
  • Work with engineers, designers, and physicists to keep track of changes during new installations.
  • Maintain up-to-date records of ideal coordinates and ensure that the data is accurate and readily accessible to alignment personnel and those outside the group who need access to it.
  • Perform the reduction and analysis of survey results that are both accurate and timely.

In the SE-I role, you will...

  • Help to prepare clear and concise data for use by the field crews and customers, including data reduction, adjustment, and analysis of results in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Develop a working knowledge of software packages used by the group. This includes developing proficiency in Spatial Analyzer software with a view to fully understanding its capabilities.
  • Be actively involved in fieldwork providing field crew support when conditions and manpower needs warrant. Design and executing surveys that minimize potential errors and align machine components to specified tolerances in a concise and timely manner.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Surveying, Geodesy, or related technical field from an accredited university.
  • 4 years of relevant work experience in high-precision surveying.


  • A Master’s degree in a related technical field is preferred.
  • Experience in geodetic network design, least squares adjustment methods, and statistical analysis.
  • Experience in accelerator alignment.

For SE I


  • Bachelor’s degree in Surveying, Geodesy or related technical field from an accredited university.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for SE I and SE II:

  • Principles and practices of accelerator alignment or metrology, including geodetic network design theory, least squares adjustment methods, and statistical analysis.
  • Principles of surveying, including instrument and measurement errors, (e.g. electronic distance measurement, geodetic leveling, triangulation, etc.).
  • Experience with laser trackers, theodolites, precision levels and portable coordinate measurement machines, and instrument calibration techniques.

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 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.