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Title Job ID Category Date Posted
Technical Student Intern 13350 Computer
Communications Office Student Intern 13310 Public Relations
Deputy Associate Director - Environment, Safety and Health 13333 Engineering
Storage Solutions Architect 13238 Computer
Property Clerk 13296 Clerical/Admin
Accounts Payable Specialist 13347 Accounting
Facilities Master HVAC Technician 13074 Misc./Trades
Geant4 Developer 13214 Computer
Mechanical Designer 13354 Design
EIC Mechanical Technician 13358 Misc./Trades
ES&H Program Manager for Capital Assets 13332 Environmental Safety
Hall A Mechanical Technician II 13320 Misc./Trades
VMware Systems Administrator 13348 Computer
Conventional Facilities Project Manager 13351 Engineering
Target Group Technician 13276 Misc./Trades
AV Support Technician II 13349 Technology
Finance & Payroll Accountant 13325 Financial Services
Sr. Designer 13353 Design
Deputy Chief Operating Officer 13336 Management
Hall C Mechanical Technician/Welder 13262 Misc./Trades
Project Controls Analyst 13302 Clerical/Admin
Theory Administrative Student Intern 13274 Science
IT Project Manager 13340 Clerical/Admin
Hall A/C Spectrometer Staff Engineer I 13309 Engineering
High Throughput Computing (HTC) Hardware Engineer 13197 Computer
CIS Postdoctoral Fellow 13102 Science
Data Scientist Postdoc 13342 Science
Sr. Designer 13352 Design
Data Center Operations Manager 13327 Engineering
Hall D Electro-Mechanical Technician 13138 Misc./Trades
Mechanical Engineer III 13140 Engineering
Mechanical Technician II 13361 Engineering
ES&H Department Head 13338 Engineering
Project Services and Support Office Manager 13330 Management
Contracts Counsel 13341
Safety Systems Technician 13288 Technology
ES&H Inspection Program Lead 13323 Environmental Safety
Cryogenic Electrical Engineer II 13312 Engineering
Network Engineer I 13345 Computer
Systems Engineer II 13278 Engineering
Hall A Technologist/Design Drafter 13285 Engineering
RadCon Manager 13337 Environmental Safety
Theory Division Administrator 13331 Clerical/Admin
Civil & Structural Engineer 13211 Engineering
Survey and Alignment Technician (Metrology) 13306 Misc./Trades
Head of Nuclear Physics Computing and Software 13339 Computer
HPC Systems Software Engineer 13204 Computer
Hall D Electronics Technician 13334 Misc./Trades
Maintenance Planner/Scheduler 13362 Clerical/Admin
Hall D - Post Doctoral Fellow 13258 Science
Hall C Mechanical Designer II 13307 Misc./Trades
Hall C Staff Engineer II 13178 Engineering
Scientific Computing Operations Group Apprentice 13344 Computer
Experimental Nuclear Physics Nathan Isgur Fellowship 13282 Science

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.

Welcome from Stuart Henderson, Lab Director
Why choose Jefferson Lab
    Middle School Science Bowl competitors huddle together to brainstorm the answer.
    Local teachers share ideas for a classroom activity with other teachers during Teacher Night.
    Two young learners hold up a model of the atom during Deaf Science Camp.
    Staff Scientist Douglas Higinbotham snaps a selfie with some of the postdoc students he is mentoring.

At Jefferson Lab we believe in giving back to our community and encouraging the next generation of scientists and engineers. Our staff reaches out to students to advance awareness and appreciation of the range of research carried out within the DOE national laboratory system, to increase interest in STEM careers for women and minorities, and to encourage everyone to become a part of the next-generation STEM workforce. We are recognized for our innovative programs like:

  • 1,500 students from 15 Title I schools engage in the Becoming Enthusiastic About Math and Science (BEAMS) program at the lab each school year.

  • 60 teachers are enrolled in the Jefferson Science Associates Activities for Teachers (JSAT) program at the lab inspiring 9,000 students annually.

  • 24 high school students have internships and 34 college students have mentorships at the lab.


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  • Crash My Desk: Sebastian Kuhn - Physicist, Professor and Tinkerer

    Jefferson Lab’s diverse workforce is its strength, with a staff that includes technicians, computer scientists, engineers, physicists and support personnel, as well as nearly 1,700 scientific users who contribute to delivering the lab’s scientific mission. In this new series, Jefferson Lab is introducing our readers to the people and places who make possible its groundbreaking science. 


    Sebastian Kuhn is a past chair of the Jefferson Lab Users Organization (JLUO) and current professor and eminent scholar at Old Dominion University. When he is not running an experiment in Hall B, Kuhn splits his time between his office, the university’s lecture hall, and his lab.


    Here is Kuhn’s tour of his lab at ODU in his own words:

    1. This is me in my lab at ODU. That red vest I’m wearing is my universally recognizable signature; everybody knows that red vest. I used to be the chair of the Jefferson Lab Users Organization at Jefferson Lab, and people remarked about how I always wore that red vest.
    2. This device is the famous BONuS12 Radial Time Projection Chamber. At Jefferson Lab, we have a whole bunch of humongous detectors. These detectors are multi-purpose and can be used for many different types of experiments. Most of these detectors can see high-energy particles that come out of a reaction. But, sometimes you need to look at lower-energy particles to learn about what really happened in a collision. We realized we needed to build a very specific detector for that purpose.

      This detector was built by a consortium of Jefferson Lab with mostly two universities - ODU and Hampton University. We designed this to be installed in Hall B at Jefferson Lab, and we ran an experiment with it in Hall B in February through March and August through September of 2020 (right before and right after the MEDCON6 shutdown of the lab). It’s quite heavy, but transportable by two people with a car. If I had to insure it, I’d probably insure it for half a million dollars, so it’s always in a locked room with limited access.

      We actually made three of these. They are so unique and difficult to build that we were very worried that if one detector failed, we would lose out on taking the data for this experiment. True enough, one failed, and we replaced it during the experiment.

    3. The red Craftsman® toolbox contains screwdrivers, wrenches, measuring tapes, wire cutters—anything you need to assemble equipment and devices, like the one in this photo. Many physicists are tinkerers. We are not experts in building things—any mechanic will do a better job than we do. So, we are more universalists. We know a little bit about a lot of things. We need to know about electronics, computers, machining, how to put something together, and design. All of that you pick up over a career as a physicist.

      The pieces of this BONuS12 RTPC detector, we (faculty, postdocs, a technician and students) either built ourselves or we had them built and then we assembled them using tools from this toolbox. Many of the components were built in the machine shop at Jefferson Lab. Other pieces we had to find vendors for, and we tested and assembled them.

      Again, this is a university lab and our role is to teach future physicists. When they start out, most graduate students probably have only a faint idea of what they want to do in the field. They get to taste a little bit of everything. We have all of this equipment—lab space, clean room, and machine shop—so we can introduce our students to how to do things they may need to do when building equipment or running an experiment.

      If a student is interested in building devices, they can use these facilities and tools to learn on their own and continue to hone their skills. Some physicists are better at thinking about how to predict the outcome of an experiment, and others are great at building detectors for these experiments. As professors, it’s our job to provide opportunities for the future theorists and experimental physicists to develop and learn.

    4. There are crate electronics in the locking cabinet. Mostly, these are high-voltage electronic modules that are used for operating and testing the detectors. They would go into crates like what we see on the left. These modules would then be connected to various detectors to provide power and read out their signals.
    5. This is a crate containing two high-voltage electronics modules—a booster and a primary. This is a standard sight in nuclear physics, and if you go into any hall at Jefferson Lab, you will see many of these crates. You can see that there are two panels on the right with blue labels—those are the modules that provide high voltage power by connecting them to the detector with cables. You have individual modules you put inside the crate, and those are fairly easy to take in and out. The rack can be filled with crates for other purposes, including digitizers for the signals coming from the detector.

    Thank you for joining me on this brief tour of my lab. If you’d like to learn more about what I do, take a look at this video:

    View a short video of Sebastian Kuhn and the Nuclear and Particle Physics Research Facility at Old Dominion University.

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The Jefferson Lab campus is located in southeastern Virginia amidst a vibrant and growing technology community with deep historical roots that date back to the founding of our nation. Staff members can live on or near the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay region or find peace in the deeply wooded coastal plain. You will have easy access to nearby beaches, mountains, and all major metropolitan centers along the United States east coast.

To learn more about the region and its museums, wineries, parks, zoos and more, visit the Virginia tourism page, Virginia is for Lovers

To learn more about life at Jefferson Lab, click here.


We support our inventors! The lab provides resources to employees for the development of patented technology -- with over 180 awarded to date! Those looking to obtain patent coverage for their newly developed technologies and inventions while working at the lab are supported and mentored by technology experts, from its discovery to its applied commercialization, including opportunities for monetary awards and royalty sharing. Learn more about our patents and technologies here.

  • Welding Program Manager
    Jenord Alston
    Welding Program Manager

    "Everybody in the chain is working towards the same goal: to ensure that everything is built safe and to the code specifications"

  • Jian-Ping Chen
    Jian-Ping Chen
    Senior Staff Scientist

    “Every time we solve problems, we contribute. It’s exciting times for new results and discoveries.”

  • Holly Szumila-Vance
    Holly Szumila-Vance
    Staff Scientist

    "Today, we use a lot of those same teamwork traits [learned from the military] on a daily basis as we're all working toward similar goals here at the lab in better understanding nuclei!"

  • Scott Conley
    Scott Conley
    Environmental Management Team

    "There is world-class research going on here. Any given day you can be in the room with genius physicists and that’s just amazing.”

  • Ron Lassiter
    Ron Lassiter
    Mechanical Designer

    “Here at the lab you get to see what you’ve worked on. You can hold it in your hands. It’s rewarding to know that you’ve played a part in helping the machine to be successful.”

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Jefferson Science Associates/Jefferson Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action 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.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to recruiting or call (757) 269-7100 between 8 am – 5 pm EST to provide the nature of your request.

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JSA/Jefferson Lab values the skills, experience and expertise veterans can offer due to the myriad of experiences, skill sets and knowledge service members achieve during their years of service. The organization is committed to recruiting, hiring, training and retaining veterans, and its ongoing efforts has earned JSA/Jefferson Lab the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) certification, awarded by the Commonwealth of Virginia.