Jefferson Lab

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Posting Date: 01/09/2023
Salary Range:
$71,500 - $113,100 (TECH IV)
Work Location Type: Dedicated On-site (100% working on-site)

What your job will be like:

Experimental Hall B is seeking a motivated senior mechanical designer to join our team to play a vital role in the design efforts at our world-class research facility. You will have an opportunity to lead design efforts, work with designers from other groups and perfect your design skills. Hall B consists of multiple targets, and 16 different particle detector systems to detect sub-atomic particles, all housed in a 98-foot diameter building. The computer -aided design used in Hall B is Siemen’s NX CAD software and Teamcenter PDM.

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

In this role, you will:

  • Develop models and drawings to show the equipment used for each experiment.
  • Integrate new detectors into the existing space in the Hall, so they will function with the other detectors.
  • Use layout sketches to design components to fit into the space allotted.
  • Use constraints in assemblies to maintain the correct relationship between parts.
  • Tracks projects from conceptual designs through fabrication and installation in the Hall
  • Produce accurate, simple and cost-effective fabrication documentation (3D modeling, assembly and orthogonal drawings) using NX/Teamcenter and AutoCAD.
  • Ability to read and understand blueprint drawings, component specifications, and technical data sheets.
  • Convert concepts and ideas into working assemblies and systems with independent thinking.
  • Completes highly complex tasks.
  • Normally responsible for the planning and completion of multiple tasks simultaneously.

Qualifications We Require:

Education and Experience:

  • High School Graduate with 12 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Able to provide input to schedule development, identifies conflicts and develops solutions.
  • Demonstrates high level skills, knowledge and ability in one technology trade or specialty.
  • Knowledge of theory, design, and techniques used at component and system levels.
  • Intermediate skills, knowledge and ability in other technologies
  • Significant latitude in prioritizing and choosing work methods.
  • Extensive knowledge of 2D and 3D CAD software and data management systems
  • Prior experience in machining and/or metal fabrication is a plus.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate with a variety of disciplines both verbally and in writing.

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.

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.