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Accelerate your career with a new role at the nation's newest national laboratory. Here you can be part of a team exploring the building blocks of matter and lay the ground work for scientific discoveries that will reshape our understanding of the atomic nucleus. Join a community with a common purpose of solving the most challenging scientific and engineering problems of our time.


Title Job ID Category Date Posted
Data Center Operations Manager 13327 Engineering
High Throughput Computing (HTC) Hardware Engineer 13197 Computer
Survey & Alignment Technician (Metrology) 13385 Misc./Trades
SRF Accelerator Physicist 13424 Science
HVAC Technician II 13387 Misc./Trades
Master HVAC Technician 13367 Misc./Trades
Storage Solutions Architect 13238 Computer
Scientific Data and Computing Department Head 13383 Computer
MIS Application Server Administrator 13394 Computer
Staff Scientist I 13423 Science
Accounting and Travel Specialist 13407 Clerical/Admin
Lead Magnet Measurement Engineer 13366 Engineering
Magnet Group Staff Engineer 13370 Engineering
Fusion Project Technician 13389 Misc./Trades
Electronics Technician II 13416 Engineering
Sustainability Engineer (Electrical) 13364 Engineering
Magnet Group Mechanical/Electrical Designer 13388 Misc./Trades
Geant4 Developer 13214 Computer
Project Controls Analyst 13302 Clerical/Admin
Small Business Liaison Officer 13409 Purchasing
Hall C Technician III 13390 Misc./Trades
Procurement Officer 13414 Purchasing
Hall A/C Staff Scientist 13399 Science
SRF Production Engineer 13412 Engineering
DC Power Group Leader 13380 Engineering
Gaseous Detector Support Staff Engineer 13400 Engineering
Postdoctoral Fellow 13426 Science
Contracts Compliance Officer 13410 Purchasing
Vacuum Engineer 13396 Engineering
Hall C Staff Engineer II 13178 Engineering
Deputy CNI Manager 13378 Computer

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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Meet our people
  • Kiarra Garcia, Accelerator Operator

    First Post-graduate Career Could Be Start of Lifelong Relationship for Kiarra Garcia

    Accelerator Operator Kiarra Garcia believes she is lucky to have landed at Jefferson Lab for her first job out of college. And Garcia hopes to have a potentially decades-long career with her first post-graduate employer, thanks to the educational and career-growth opportunities available at the lab.

    Garcia began working at the lab in September 2018 after graduating from Widener University in Pennsylvania and moving with her fiancé to Hampton Roads for his job at the shipyard. Initially, Garcia was not sure what type of job she would find with her undergraduate physics degree. Most jobs in physics, she explained, require at least a master’s degree—and most often a Ph.D.

    However, after a rigorous application and interview process, Garcia was thrilled to have been offered the job of accelerator operator. Through her role, coupled with the training and educational opportunities available, Garcia feels that the lab is providing a sort of incubator to nurture her development as a teammate, scientist and, she hopes, a future leader within the lab.

    “I really got lucky,” Garcia said. “There’re a lot of people who have been working here for five, 10 or 20 years. Coming in and hearing that—it shows me that this is somewhere I could possibly make a career for myself. To commit that much time to a company, I thought there must be something great about working here.”

    Much-anticipated and Planned Projects on the Line

    While Garcia has an eye to the future, she is keenly focused on excelling in her current role as one of approximately 20 accelerator operators. Moreover, she appreciates the importance of her job to the success of each project that requires the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility to be up and running.

    Garcia and her counterparts throughout the halls have a simple goal: to make sure there are no unnecessary downtimes and to ensure the continuance of the physics program. Such an event, Garcia realizes, could result in an unwelcome and costly delay to the scientific experiments scientists may have been waiting years to perform.

    “It’s an effort to make sure that we are maintaining our operations, so that we are not taking away time from the people who have been waiting in line to gather their data and further their physics,” Garcia said. “It’s a team-based effort, and we’re constantly talking back and forth with one another.”

    Keeping the Accelerator Running Requires Teamwork

    Garcia likens the process of keeping the beam functioning to that of a team maintaining and operating a car. “It’s like we’re driving a car,” she explained. “The machine is taken care of and fixed by the experts—the mechanics—and the accelerator operators try to keep it up and running as efficiently as possible before the mechanics get to put their hands on it again for their beam studies or scheduled maintenance.”

    While the average car has about 30,000 parts that rarely, if ever, need maintenance, the CEBAF accelerator has innumerable parts—each with varying lifespans and maintenance requirements.

    “There are thousands and thousands of parts to the accelerator and millions of possibilities of things that need maintenance or are coming up on their lifespan at any given time,” Garcia explained. “Once you install something, it might be expected to last two months or it might last two years. Everyone is constantly inspecting parts to make sure everything is operating at its highest performance.”

    Garcia notes that with the 12 GeV Upgrade, the CEBAF accelerator has a higher level of radiation, so more components are expected to go bad faster than before the upgrade, so greater importance is placed on maintenance periods and beam studies.

    Importance of Learning from Lab Leaders

    Most of what Garcia knows about operating the accelerator comes from intensive lab training and input from her supervisors.

    “As an operator, we wear many hats,” said Garcia. “We are responsible for keeping the accelerator running by working in shifts around-the-clock. For example, if a magnet isn’t producing the right current, we may have to power cycle the voltage supply or change out a trim card. We have to make sure we’re up-to-date on how to do those things. If a problem requires specialization, we need to be able to troubleshoot it and know when to call in an expert if we can’t fix it.”

    Moreover, Garcia appreciates the knowledge that her supervisors pass on to her.

    “They have a better understanding and knowledge of how the machine works, and they’ve seen so many things,” she said. “The machine is so large and the probability of the same thing breaking consistently is fairly low. So, if something breaks once, it’s not easy to predict when the same event will occur again. However, supervisors may have seen something similar before over the years, so they probably know better what to look for when things go wrong. The job is constantly learning. It’s almost never the same day to day.”

    To succeed in her role, Garcia not only has to have training and in-depth knowledge of the machine, but she needs to be able to work well on the team.

    “We get constant feedback from senior operators and our supervisors,” she said.

    In addition to the real-time feedback and training, Garcia must frequently read documents filled with procedures and checklists and pass tests related to those training modules. “As an operator, because we have to get trained in so many departments and with so many procedures, we have to spend a lot of time going through our training system reviewing computerized documents,” Garcia explained. “Those documents are made by senior operators from previous years.”

    Settling In

    While Garcia will soon apply to master’s programs to continue her physics education, she plans to stay at the lab. For that, she is grateful that the lab not only will help pay for her education, but also work with her school schedule so that she can work full-time at the lab while pursuing her degree.

    For now, though, Garcia is comfortable settling into her role while making time outside of work to cook, paint and spend time with her fiancé.

    By Carrie Rogers

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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.

  • Kim Edwards
    Kim Edwards
    IT Division/Information Resource

    "When I’m 95 years old, I hope I will be one of those people who worked in the background to affect other people’s lives for the better."

  • Katherine Wilson
    Katherine Wilson
    Staff Engineer

    “Generally, the mechanical engineers at the lab support the physicists. The physicists have the big ideas about how to support new science, and the engineers figure out how to make that happen.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

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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