Jefferson Lab

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Posting Date: 01/24/2023

Range: $126,400 - $199,800 (SSS)

$153,300 - $242,300 (PSS)

Work Location Type: Hybrid (combination of on-site and remote work based on business needs)

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

What your job will be like:

The Accelerator Operations, Research & Development Division operates the 12 GeV Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility in support of the experimental nuclear physics program and user community, numbering more than 1,600 scientists. In addition, the Division develops and fabricates superconducting accelerating RF cavities and cryomodules for CEBAF as well as for other national facilities, performs R&D at the Low Energy Recirculator Facility (LERF) and Upgraded Injector Test Facility (UITF), engages in advanced accelerator technology development, and is working, in collaboration with national and international labs, on the Electron-Ion Collider design.

The SRF Science and Technology Department is responsible for advancing the state of the art in superconducting RF, and, working in concert with SRF Operations Department, developing technologies suitable for existing and future needs of CEBAF, for other national SRF projects, as well as for engaging in or leading relevant SRF projects and developments.

The SRF S&T Department Head will be an integral part of the senior management team of the Accelerator Division, and applying the forefront of SRF knowledge and practices, will provide strategic and tactical leadership for furthering the SRF state-of-the-art in application to CEBAF, EIC, and other projects and applications. The SRF S&T Department Head will take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the SRF S&T Department, as well as its long-range planning. This includes creating and implementing a comprehensive vision for SRF developments, documenting the vision in the “SRF Strategy” for DOE briefing and in the internal planning documents, suggesting and implementing bold steps in R&D efforts, pushing the SRF potential to its technological limits, and looking toward future breakthroughs. SRF S&T Department Head will guide the department for participating in technology transfer and developing SRF applications, and work towards maintaining the labs’ competitive status by establishing mutually beneficial collaborations and partnerships with other organizations nationally and internationally.

In this role you will:


  • Be responsible for the safe day-to-day running of SRF S&T Department
  • Develop elements of, and contribute to implementation of the long-range vision for SRF S&T development
  • Develop budgetary priorities for SRF S&T developments
  • Develop materials for communication with program managers in DOE NP, ARDAP and other offices
  • Provide review briefings as required including, but not limited to the annual JLAAC advisory committee and annual Science and Technology Review
  • Effectively collaborate with the heads of the SRF Operations and Accelerator Operations departments
  • Serve as associate member of CASA and SRF Ops departments

PSS (in addition to all SSS):

  • Develop, integrate, and implement the long-range vision for SRF S&T development, with considerable latitude to set directions of these programs
  • Provide technical leadership in the evaluation of design concepts and R&D proposals for advancing the SRF state-of-the-art
  • Set the vision and lead the technical groups (Acc Ops, CASA, CIS, SRF Ops, EES, ESH&Q) towards development of next generation accelerator applications based on SRF
  • Communicate with program managers in DOE NP, ARDAP and other offices

Qualifications We Require:

For SSS (Senior Staff Scientist):


  • Ph.D. in Physics


  • 15 years of hands-on relevant* experience in experimental physics, at least 5 of which include direct experience in SRF and 3 of which were in a senior management capacity

*At the SSS level, relevant experience is indicated by:

  • advanced experience in SRF physics and technology and in applications of accelerator equipment and devices for particle physics and nuclear physics research
  • A record of successful management of scientific groups, facilities operations or projects.
  • A solid record of personal scientific publications

For PSS (Principle Staff Scientist)


  • Ph.D. in Physics


  • 20 years of hands-on relevant* experience in experimental physics, at least 5 of which include direct experience in SRF and 3 of which were in a senior management capacity

*At the PSS level, relevant experience is indicated by:

  • Significant experience and mature knowledge in an impressive combination of several of the following: SRF physics and technology, the physics and dynamics of particle beams, microwave electronics and control, RF power technology, surface science, cryogenics and low-temperature physics, and electromagnetic theory and design for RF cavities and linacs
  • A record of successful management of scientific groups, facilities operations or projects.
  • A solid record of personal scientific publications

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Ability to lead, communicate, manage, interface, negotiate and resolve conflict demonstrating sound judgment
  • Demonstrates functional knowledge of operation of accelerators, beam dynamics in accelerators, and knowledge about functioning of all accelerator sub-systems, including SRF, RF, magnets and power supplies, beam diagnostics, control systems, etc.
  • Ability to give effective presentations to critical/high level customers and effectively represent work group on review panels and cross-organizational teams.
  • Ability to write convincing proposals and reports with all necessary backup material for external consumption.
  • Advanced and demonstrated planning, budgeting, problem solving, and analytical skills

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.

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