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Title Job ID Category Date Posted
Postdoctoral Fellow - Theory 12374 Research
Technical Student Intern 12405 Technology
SRF Research Instrument Engineer 12400 Engineering
Cryogenic Systems Electrical Engineer 12383 Engineering
Hall B Technologist/Design Drafter 12329 Technology
Hall A/C Staff Scientist I 12301 Science
Electronics Technician: Diagnostics and Controls 12323 Technology
SRF Material Scientist 12401 Science
Cryogenics Pipe Welder/Fitter 12391 Technology
Postdoctoral Fellow - Quantum Computing 12275 Research
Hall B Postdoctoral Fellow 12386 Science
Magnet Group Leader 12320 Engineering
Field Service Electrical Engineer – Instrumentation and Controls 12393 Engineering
SRF Staff Scientist 12290 Science
Hall D Staff Scientist 12384 Science
Postdoctoral Fellow - Theory 12376 Research
Software Application Developer 12392 Computer
Travel and Accounting Assistant 12339 Accounting
Staff Mechanical Engineer 12062 Engineering
Civil Engineer 12254 Engineering
Electrical Engineering Student 12353 Engineering
Accelerator Operator 12246 Technology
Industrial Safety Engineer 12335 Engineering
Engineering Staff Scientist III 12373 Science
Senior SRF Accelerator Scientist 12240 Science
Quality Assurance Manager 12346 Engineering
Cybersecurity Graduate Student Intern 12334 Computer
Windows System Administrator 12395 Computer
SRF Electronic Fabrication Technician 12238 Electronics
CIS Postdoctoral Fellow 12370 Science
Cyber Security Manager 12313 Computer
Cryogenics Pipe Welder/Fitter 12372 Technology
Project Controls Group Leader 12315 Management
HR Recruiter 12291 Human Resources
Project Risk Manager 12345 Management
Technical Student Intern 12404 Technology
SRF Cavity Assembly Technician 12318 Technology
Accelerator Operator 12389 Technology
EIC Project Engineer 12305 Engineering
Nuclear Physics Computing Lead 12326 Computer
Postdoctoral Fellow 12377 Science
Web Developer Technical Student Intern 12354 Computer

A career a 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
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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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  • EIC User: Francesco Bossu – EIC Scientist and Particle Physicist

    Particle Physicist Francesco Bossu is living out a high school dream of investigating the smallest building blocks of the universe with enthusiasm for discovery top-of-mind  

    What is your role in the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC)?
    My institute, the Saclay Nuclear Research Centre with Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (CEA-Saclay), is participating in the ATHENA collaboration. The collaboration intends to submit a proposal when the call for EIC detector designs is released. Within this collaboration, I am co-convener of the working group on tracking detectors, and I am also representing my institute on the Institutional Board of the Electron-Ion Collider User Group (EICUG) and in the ATHENA collaboration.

    How did you get involved with the EIC project?
    When the EIC white paper “Electron-Ion Collider: The Next QCD Frontier: Understanding the Glue that Binds Us All” was published in 2016, I was a postdoctoral researcher in heavy-ion physics. I became very interested in the physics case of the EIC project.

    In 2017, I joined CEA-Saclay as a staff scientist, and I finally got the opportunity to work on the EIC. The amount of time I am dedicating to the EIC is becoming larger and larger. In 2019, I was part of the local organizing committee of the EICUG meeting that was held in Paris. In 2020, within the Yellow Report initiative, I have been involved in studies both on physics observables and on detector simulations. I am also involved in research and development studies at CEA-Saclay on micro-pattern gaseous detectors for particle tracking that aim to deliver competitive technology solutions for the EIC detector.

    Why do you feel that the EIC is an important facility?
    The EIC will definitely provide high-precision data over a broad phase space that will allow us to refine our understanding of key properties of nucleons and nuclei. The interconnection of EIC physics and the research at other facilities, such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, will also underline the importance of the EIC project. In addition, the EIC environment is very demanding in terms of detector and computing performance, and it is already driving advanced R&D programs that will result in innovative technological solutions. 

    What do you hope to learn with the EIC?
    There are several questions that I wish to investigate with the EIC. In particular, I hope that the EIC will allow us to learn more about the characteristics of gluon distributions inside hadrons. On a personal growth level, I am looking forward to learning, using and maximizing the most modern data mining technologies that will be needed to make the most out of the EIC data.

    What features or capabilities of the EIC are essential to your research?
    In order to study in detail the characteristics of gluons in nucleons and nuclei, one needs to collect massive quantities of data regarding rather rare events. The EIC will provide very large luminosities, allowing us to reach the needed statistical precision in most of the phase space. The EIC’s ability to collide electrons with a variety of different nuclei as heavy as uranium will be crucial to studying the effect of the nuclear environment on the distribution of quarks and gluons inside nuclei.

    What is the biggest software or data challenge you expect to face in your EIC research?
    With the large amount of data that the EIC will provide, we will be able to perform precision multidimensional measurements. Traditional analysis techniques may not be sufficient to enable us to extract the interesting features with the needed precision. I think that physicists will have to increasingly embrace the machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to fully exploit the EIC data.

    However, these technologies, although very powerful, should not be used blindly, as they might obfuscate the data analysis procedure and make the validation of the results harder. I think that one of the challenges we will face will be to stay up-to-date with the latest techniques, and then to use the “right” tools for each problem.

    What fascinates or excites you most about your work? Why?
    Being a particle physicist, I feel privileged: I have the opportunity to live out what was my high school dream. The most fascinating thing in my work is the interaction with colleagues at my local institute and from around the world; after every formal or informal discussion, I find that I have learned something new.

    What is currently the most prominent 'thing' on your desktop, physical or virtual?
    A “drinking bird.” It was a gift my former colleagues gave to me at the end of my postdoc with them. This toy heat engine reminds me that there are very intriguing physics phenomena even behind simple objects. I stare at its periodic movement for minutes and minutes while I am thinking about how to solve some issue. 

    What does a typical workday look like for you?
    In the last year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic radically changed the typical workday. Today, after taking my daughter to the nursery, I sit at my kitchen table with my laptop open and, likely, listen to the discourses of colleagues attending a videoconference in my earphones. A couple of days per week, I go to the lab for rare in-person meetings and for some R&D-related work. One thing that I miss now are the discussions during the coffee breaks with my colleagues at the lab.

    What do you like to do when you aren't working on EIC science?
    Since her birth, my little daughter has captured basically all of my attention. In my (rare) spare time, I like to read novels, mainly sci-fi, or do some gardening.

    This story is a pilot project conceived by the Software Working Group of the EIC User Group to become part of a series of profiles of future users of the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), a next-generation nuclear physics research facility being built at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory in partnership with DOE’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and collaborators around the world. The Software Working Group seeks to develop user-friendly tools to meet the data and software needs of the international group of physicists who will conduct research at the EIC.

    * This profile features a member of the A Totally Hermetic Electron-Nucleus Apparatus (ATHENA) collaboration, which is developing an EIC detector concept inspired by the Yellow Report and based on a new central detector magnet up to 3 Tesla. Other profiles in this series feature members of the EIC Comprehensive Chromodynamics Experiment (ECCE) consortium, which is currently developing a general detector concept that meets the design requirements and performance goals for an EIC detector as laid out by the EIC Yellow-Report process.

    The EIC project is funded primarily by the DOE Office of Science.

    As told to 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

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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.

  • Jianwei Qiu
    Jianwei Qiu
    Associate Director For Theoretical And Computational Physics

    "My own research enables me to better lead the Theory Center, to lead our collaboration, to provide good guidance to our junior researchers on the team, and to provide valuable input to the advisory and review committees that I serve"

  • Ashley Mitchell
    Ashley Mitchell
    SRF Chemistry Technician

    “Chemistry is the art of science and art; you’re manipulating and creating things. We have lots of different recipes to work with.”

  • 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."

  • 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"

  • 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.”

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