Jefferson Lab

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POSITION POSTED: December 14, 2022
SALARY RANGE: $72,900 - $115,100 (SS I)

Are you looking for an opportunity to join a world-renowned scientific team? Come join our team at Jefferson Lab, where great minds matter.

The Hall B physics program covers a broad range of topics, with a focus on the three-dimensional imaging of the quark structure within the nucleon, a flagship of the Jefferson Lab 12 GeV scientific program. Other topics include meson and baryon spectroscopy and structure investigations, quark-gluon interactions in nuclei, and the search for physics beyond the Standard Model such as Heavy Photons. The experiments collect a large volume of data which requires advanced offline software, especially for particle reconstruction and high-level physics analyses, and a service-oriented framework.

As a staff scientist in Hall B, you will be part of a large team of experienced scientists focusing on fundamental investigations into the nature of matter. Experiments are carried out with the CLAS12 detector and other specialized equipment within international collaborations.

The successful candidate is expected to work with a team of scientists on the offline software of CLAS12, including but not limited to the implementation of common analysis tools.

In this role you will…

  • Work on the development and maintenance of common tools for a high-level data analysis
  • Collaborate with staff and users of the Hall B software team and CLAS12 software group, to develop and maintain offline analysis software
  • Contribute to the activities of the Hall B software team
  • Play a top role in a research project within the Hall B physics program
  • Perform calibration and high-level physics analyses in present data sets
  • Support detector maintenance and operations
  • Work on collecting data with the experiments running in Hall B
  • Contribute to the preparation of publications in international journals
  • Present results at meetings and international workshops and conferences

Please send three (3) letters of recommendation to Patricia Cheeseboro (pchesse

Qualifications We Require:


  • Ph.D. degree in nuclear or particle physics
  • Postdoctoral experience in a related nuclear or particle physics environment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in the development and application of new scientific computational algorithms and methods
  • Proficiency in related scientific data collection, data management, and data analysis concepts
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to interact effectively with a large and diverse international user community
  • Self-motivated and able to work in an international team environment
  • Good programming skills and experience with programs commonly applied in nuclear and particle physics

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated experience with at least one of research topics of the Hall B physics program
  • Knowledge of programming in a multi-lingual environment will be preferred

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.