Jefferson Lab

3 Year Term Position

Posting Date: 10/25/2023
Salary Range: $61,100 - $91,700 (PD)
Work Location Type: Dedicated On-Site (working 100% on-site)

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

What your job will be like:

This role is an integral part of a collaborative effort aimed at developing an event-level inference framework to obtain a quark and gluon tomography of nucleons and nuclei from high-energy scattering data. The collaboration leverages expertise in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), experimental methods and analysis, data science, and high-performance computing. The innovative event-level approach stands to have a transformational impact on the data analysis workflow that connects theory with experiment, and will help ensure that current and future facilities, such as CEBAF and the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), deliver on their science mission to reveal the inner structure of the visible universe at the femtometer scale. The responsibilities associated with this position encompass a diverse range of tasks, with a primary focus on the experimental aspects of our project. This entails the accurate modeling of experimental effects through detailed Geant4 simulations and machine learning techniques. Additionally, it involves the exploration and evaluation of the unique event-level approach using experimental data

In this role you will:

  • Plan, coordinate and complete small projects
  • Collaborate with data scientists to develop Machine Learning (ML) methodologies, tailored for accurately modeling experimental effects and accounting for background contributions
  • Collaborate with theoreticians on event-level analyses in the QuantOm framework that facilitate the extraction of quantum correlation functions (PDFs, TMDs, and GPDs)
  • Exploring the potential of the event-level inference framework using experimental data from Jefferson Lab

Applicants should upload (a) their CV, (b) research interest/plan and (c) publication list through JLab's online application tracking system at .

Additionally, at least 2 letters of recommendation should be sent on your behalf to Sadie Cherry (cherry @

JSA will not sponsor H1B visas for this position.

Qualifications we require:

Education, Certifications and Experience:

  • PhD in Physics from an accredited university

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate clearly in writing (e.g. email, memos, explanations, drawings) and explain work to his/her supervisor and others in the group
  • Interacts well with work group
  • Can represent work associated with specific projects at professional meetings

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 (All Job Postings)

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 recruiting or contact Human Resources by calling (757) 269-7100 and selecting option 1 between 8 am – 5 pm EST to provide the nature of your request.

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.