Jefferson Lab

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Posting Date: 11/22/22
Salary Range
: $107,400 - $169,600 (SE-III)
Work Location Type:
Hybrid (combination of on and off-site work based on business needs)

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

What your job will be like:

The High Power RF (HPRF) Engineer for the Radio Frequency (RF) group supports the group leader and provides both technical and supervisory oversight for the HPRF team engineers. The HPRF engineer will maintain, develop, and improve RF initiatives to support our world class accelerator operations. Job duties include working with accelerator physicists, operation leaders, and vendors to develop project planning, cost, and schedules to maintain reliable RF systems in support of accelerator improvements and addressing obsolescence issues. The HPRF engineer will work with the RF group leader to balance incoming work requests, assist in the prioritization of tasks, help to mitigate resource conflicts, and monitor customer satisfaction of engineering services. Specific responsibilities include leading the development of new RF power systems (Solid State Amplifiers), maintaining an understanding of the Accelerator division’s overall operational goals and assisting in keeping RF engineering staff abreast of latest HPRF technology.

In this role, you will:

  • Lead the development of new HPRF equipment that resolves obsolescence issues with existing equipment and provides new or enhanced RF capabilities to CEBAF.
  • Maintain an understanding of accelerator operations requirements and expectations for machine operations. Analyze accelerator downtime weekly as it pertains to HPRF. Work with accelerator operability to increase machine availability/reliability.
  • Work with the RF group leader to ensure group resources are assigned sufficiently to meet the goals of the program.
  • Work with the RF group, SRF institute, accelerator operations, and EES management to develop HPRF strategies that optimize the performance of existing and future cryomodule designs, and other lab initiatives.
  • Ensure projects are developed with relevant stakeholder involvement, reviewed at appropriate stages, and documented upon completion. Ensure equipment turn over meets the needs of our customers during acceptance testing. Maintain RF equipment and documentation over its lifecycle.
  • Contribute to the management of the RF group’s annual work plan and budget. Ensure resources are properly assigned to maintain machine operations within budget. Recognize and communicate resource issues during the group’s work planning process.
  • Supervise a team of RF engineers and/or technicians. Guide reports in the development and troubleshooting of hardware and software used to support machine operations.
  • Develop strategies to increase productivity, collaboration, and motivation through thoughtful work assignments within RF.
  • Work with the RF group leader to ensure the group follows all ES&H electrical safety requirements. Ensure the group maintains all required training and provide feedback to improve the safety as appropriate. Foster a culture of safety within the group.
  • Supervise a group of 2-3 engineers.
  • Lead critical RF projects with high impact on CEBAF performance and reliability.
  • Assist in the coordination off-hour accelerator emergency repairs to support 24-hour a day operation of the accelerator.

Qualifications We Require:


  • BS Degree in electrical engineering or applied physics.


  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience with electrical engineering systems

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Background in electrical engineering and supervisory experience of engineers and/or technicians.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience in accelerator RF applications, demonstrated through conference and journal papers.
  • Solid knowledge of electrical circuits and systems. Individual will be a system expert in one RF Power systems, or Analog/power electronics.
  • Demonstrated project leadership and/or supervisory skills.
  • Able to compose and publish research work in peer-reviewed journals (demonstrated examples are desired).

Qualifications We Desire:

  • MS Preferred
  • An understanding of Accelerator Physics, charged particle acceleration and or superconducting RF, with demonstrated experience is desired.

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.