Jefferson Lab

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Posting Date: 03/02/23
Salary Range: $61,100 - $91,700 (PD)
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:

You will assist research scientists in developing a detailed design for an Energy Recovery Linac (ERL) for cooling hadrons in the Electron-Ion Collider being built at Brookhaven National Laboratory. You will use accelerator beamline design tools such as BMAD, Elegant, or Impact-T to help derive the detailed design for the accelerator. The work entails running start-to-end simulations of the machine and varying inputs to allow the specification of component numbers, locations, and detailed system requirements. You will eventually use a virtual machine to help develop commissioning plans and procedures for the real machine. Other simulation tools will be used to study the effects of instabilities, the development of halo, and amplification of noise.

This position is a 2-year term contract with possible an extension to a 3rd year, subjected to availability funding. Partial relocation assistance is provided, as well as visa assistance (Jefferson Lab will not sponsor H-1Bs for this position).

In this role, you will:

  • Simulate complex accelerator systems independently, or as part of a team.
  • Complete beam dynamics and optics simulations.
  • Document progress and codes, as well as be familiar with version control concepts.
  • Document work for publication in papers and tech notes.
  • Communicate and work as a part of a diverse team, as well as represent the work in conferences and workshops.

Qualification We Require:


  • Relevant PhD


  • Not Required

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with simulation codes is very useful. Previous attendance at USPAS or CERN accelerator school is also very valuable for this position.
  • Experience with machine development and construction
  • Though most of the work will be simulations and calculations, some prototyping might eventually be required and experimental experience
  • The ability to work with and mentor students
  • Experience with virtual machines or artificial intelligence

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.

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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.