Jefferson Lab

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Posting Date: 1/19/2023

Range: $72,900 - $115,100 (SCS I)

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:

As a Scientific Computing System Administrator at Jefferson Lab, you will join a talented group of computing professionals who build and manage compute clusters and petabyte scale storage systems. This Linux based position has an emphasis is on high performance/throughput computing where your analytical skills will be employed to optimize complex systems.

In this role you will:

  • Manage storage systems using Lustre, ZFS, NFS, and XRootD.
  • Diagnose and resolve Linux issues that require in-depth knowledge
  • Write shell and python scripts to automate tasks and troubleshoot issues
  • Work with scientific staff to build and maintain computing services for scientific applications.

Qualifications We Require:


  • BS from an accredited University in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Math, or related field with significant Computer Science coursework.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Knowledge of Linux system administration including installation and configuration management
    • Ability to write code to automate system administration tasks in bash and python
    • Ability to write system level code using linux system calls and shared libraries
    • Ability to communicate clearly in writing (e.g. email, presentations, drawings) and explain work to their supervisor and others in the group
    • Can work effectively with peers and participate in participate in troubleshooting, including off-hours during outages and as part of an on-call rotation.

    Qualifications We Desire:

    • Network programming experience with TCP/IP
    • System Programming experience in Java, C++, or Python
    • Prior experience in Linux System Administration
    • Coding experience beyond coursework in Python, Java, C++, or other system programming language
    • MS in Computer Science

    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 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.