Jefferson Lab

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

5 Year Term Position

Posting Date: 02/08/2024
Salary Range: $74,900 - $118,200 (SSI)
Work Location Type: Dedicated On-Site (working 100% on-site)

What your job will look like:

Jefferson Science Associates (JSA) and Jefferson Lab (JLab) invite applications for the JSA/JLab Physics Division Nathan Isgur Fellowship. This fellowship was established in honor of the late Nathan Isgur who served as the Lab’s Chief Scientist from 1990 to 2001. The Fellowship award will be for up-to a five-year period.

The Nathan Isgur Fellowship aims to attract top postdoctoral talent to Jefferson Lab to enhance the Lab's capabilities in experimental nuclear physics. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with any of our four experimental Halls and also with our Electron Ion Collider group. With the freedom to work with whichever team(s) the candidate desires come the expectation that the fellow will lead and carry out a strong research program.

In this role you will:

  • Develop, propose, and help carry-out world class medium energy nuclear physics experiments in support of the mission of Jefferson Lab.
  • Collaborate with the staff and users are Jefferson Lab on on-going experimental efforts.
  • Work on the publication and presentation of Jefferson Lab results in top tier journals and at major scientific conferences.
  • Present Jefferson Lab results at conferences and collaboration meetings.

More information about Jefferson Lab and its experimental programs can be found at

JSA provides an additional 10k/yr that can be used for laboratory equipment to help foster the candidate’s research. The candidate will also be encouraged and supported to give invited talks.

At least two letters of recommendation are required with at least one from the candidate's Ph.D. advisor(s). These should be sent to Patricia Cheeseboro < pcheese @ >

    Qualifications we require:


    • Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear or Particle Physics

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

    • Knowledge of Medium Energy Nuclear Physics
    • Knowledge of Particle Detector Systems
    • Ability to work collaboratively with others
    • Ability to proposal mission critical experiments and clearly communicate scientific results
    • Ability to initiate and lead scientific research
    • Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and develop models

    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 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.