Jefferson Lab

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Position Posted: 02/23/2021
Salary Range:
$126,400 - $199,800 (SSS)
Work Location Type:
Flexible On-site (working more than 60% on-site)

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

What your job will be like:

The Senior SRF Accelerator Physicist will serve key roles in fulfilling these missions of the JLab SRF Strategy by providing leadership in analysis, standards development, system integration, and targeted basic and applied research. Applying advanced technical principles, theories and concepts, this person guides design and system integration efforts toward optimal performance of superconducting rf cavities in particle accelerators. Noted as a leader in scientific vision, this individual conducts and directs materials, process, and design research studies that expand the limits of the field, recommending various technology options or approaches for system, processes, facility, or program improvements in terms of safety, high gradient performance reliability, energy efficiency, or cost.

Jefferson Lab’s SRF Institute is responsible for guiding the evolution of the superconducting radio frequency (SRF) accelerator systems in CEBAF, developing and deploying new systems for US and international projects, and engaging vanguard research efforts to enable future generations of SRF-based accelerators.

In this role, you will:

  • Initiate and integrate high-impact research that is foundational to improved performance, cost, and reliability of SRF-based accelerator systems. Such research may be in the areas of: particulate contamination analysis and management in production and operational contexts, modified or new materials, bulk or surface material processing methods, or basic superconducting materials properties
  • Manage research and development projects in support of CEBAF and other DOE Office of Science missions within the Jefferson Lab Strategic Plan, including SRF systems for EIC and other large national and international efforts.
  • Build and maintain strategic collaborative partnerships in the US and international SRF accelerator community.
  • Lead continuing education of JLab staff regarding the multidisciplinary basis and evolving standards for designs and methods used for optimally effective SRF-based accelerator systems.
  • Support workforce development by leveraging undergraduate and graduate student research projects as components of the above functions.

Qualifications We Require:


  • Ph.D. in Physics or related field


  • 15 years of hands-on experience in SRF-based accelerator physics, at least three of which were in a project leadership capacity
  • Extensive publications list

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of SRF physics and related accelerator physics.
  • Advanced and demonstrated planning, budgeting, problem solving, decision making, analytical, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Developed leadership, managerial, interface, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to mentor graduate students and cross-disciplinary staff in new analytical techniques.

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.