Jefferson Lab

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

Posting Date:
Salary Range: $161,500 - $286,100 (PSCS)
Work Location Type: Hybrid (combination of on-site and remote work based on business need)

What your job will be like:
The Scientific Data and Computing Department Head will lead the current Nuclear Physics-focused portfolio and will work across the CST leadership with the Data Science Department and the HPDF Team to enhance and expand that portfolio into other mission areas. The Scientific Data and Computing Department Head will have technical research and development scope relating to data hardware and software solutions for the NP program and HPDF project. They will also act as the Jefferson Lab lead for IRI, establishing IRI scope and serving as an interface between HPDF and the IRI program and applying HPDF and IRI related technologies to NP data and computing.

In this role you will:

  • Develop and lead a forward-looking R&D and operations program to provide scientific data and computing resources for the nuclear physics program.
  • Develop the Integrated Research Infrastructure (IRI) program for Jefferson Lab, in the context of the wider IRI effort. Engage with relevant committees, reviews, and projects. Ensure that the HPDF project and IRI program goals are aligned.
  • Interface with, and provide guidance to, the laboratory staff and outside partners developing technical data storage and catalog solutions for HPDF
  • Support laboratory initiatives.
  • Support the CIO with projects and assignments related to scientific data and computing.
  • Maintain relationships with other leaders at the DOE program offices as well as other outside institutions and laboratories.
  • Complete project activities on time and within budget.
  • Present research through presentations at conferences and workshops, and through publications.
  • Maintain knowledge about trends in computing in the broader physics community including ASCR, HEP and other NP Facilities.
  • Provide leadership for significant R&D programs with considerable latitude to set directions of these programs.
  • Provide guidance to find solutions to technical problems.
  • Conduct technical research in areas of interest to the projects.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Master's Degree in Computer Science or Physics.


  • 15 years' experience in a government funded research environment.
  • 10 years' experience managing data and computing research and operations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to lead computational projects and programs at a DOE national laboratory.
  • Demonstrable in depth familiarity with computing for the EIC program and with the DOE IRI program.
  • Demonstrable experience with large scale computation and storage systems.
  • Ability to produce results in a collaborative, flexible culture and communicate clearly and consistently to various stakeholders.
  • Effectively negotiate with external agencies, senior management and others.
  • Ability to manage budgets and allocate resources in resource constrained environment.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science or Physics preferred

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 in 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 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.