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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
Project Controls Group Leader 12315 Management
Senior Procurement Manager 13166 Purchasing
Storage Solutions Architect 13238 Computer
CEBAF Operability Deputy 13252 Engineering
Designer I 13145 Design
Multimedia Intern 13215 Public Relations
EIC Project Quality Manager 13180 Engineering
Electrical Safety Program Lead 13205 Engineering
Civil & Structural Engineer 13211 Engineering
Radiation Control Technician 13149 Technology
Senior Vacuum Scientist 13187 Science
EPSCI Computer Scientist 13250 Computer
Deputy Project Manager, Electron Ion Collider Project at Jefferson Lab 13182 Management
Lead Project Risk Analyst 12345 Engineering
Account Manager, Commercialization & Partnerships 13247 Clerical/Admin
Hall A Deputy Work Coordinator 13179 Misc./Trades
Mechanical Engineer III 13140 Engineering
Electrician 13218 Engineering
Geant4 Developer 13214 Computer
CIS Postdoctoral Fellow 13102 Science
Hall A/C Spectrometer Staff Engineer II 13172 Engineering
Facilities Master HVAC Technician 13074 Misc./Trades
Construction Manager 12525 Management
Data Scientist Postdoc 13231 Science
Project Services and Support Office Manager 13006 Management
Survey Engineer 13191 Engineering
Radiation Control Instrumentation Technician I 13243 Environmental Safety
System Manager - EIC Normal Conducting Magnets 13181 Management
Hall C Staff Engineer 13178 Engineering
Hall D Postdoctoral Fellow 13038 Science
Associate Project Manager 13234 Management
Physics Division Deputy Safety Officer 13206 Engineering
Project Controls Analyst 13070 Clerical/Admin
SRF Engineering Manager 13199 Engineering
Accelerator Operator 13245 Technology
Staff Scientist I 13249 Science
EIC Systems Engineer 13184 Engineering
Communications Office Student Intern 13227 Public Relations
HPC Systems Software Engineer 13204 Computer
Cryogenic Systems Manager (Project Management) 13153 Engineering
Hall D Engineer 13146 Engineering
SRF Accelerator Physicist 13103 Science
Mechanical Engineer III 13189 Engineering
Sustainability Engineer 13190 Engineering
High Throughput Computing Hardware Engineer 13197 Computer
EIC Detector Work Coordinator 13130 Misc./Trades
Hall A Work Coordinator 13152 Misc./Trades
Hall C Postdoctoral Fellow 13129 Science
Environmental Technician III 13235 Environmental Safety

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
  • EIC User: Alexander Jentsch - EIC Scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow

    Postdoctoral fellow works to develop detectors for particles that emerge very close to colliding beams at the Electron-Ion Collider

    What is your role in the EIC?
    I am primarily focused on the development of the EIC interaction regions and associated detectors around the beamline. This involves close work with Brookhaven Lab’s Collider-Accelerator Department. The physics of 3D imaging of quarks and gluons will generally result in a final state particle that comes out with a momentum very similar to that of the colliding beams. Detecting these particles requires specially optimized detectors that can be inserted into the beam pipe a few millimeters away from the proton or nuclear beams! 

    Why do you feel that the EIC is an important facility?
    I believe humans are naturally curious about the world around them and are motivated by understanding even the most challenging concepts available to study. To me, the beauty of nature is most readily observed in the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of the smallest constituents of our universe, which are described by the Standard Model of particle physics plus gravity. It’s simple, because it only seems to take a few fundamental particles to build a universe, but complex in how they interact with each other to build the structures and interactions we see around us.

    The EIC will explore one of the four (currently known) fundamental forces of nature: the strong nuclear force. While we know from decades of past (and current) experiments that the strong force is responsible for binding nucleons together into atomic nuclei via the interactions of quarks and gluons inside protons and neutrons, we unfortunately have a real challenge in performing predictive calculations in the theory that describes these interactions. It requires collecting mountains of data. The EIC will provide us with the experimental capabilities to collect these data in previously unexplored regions with polarizations and with increased precision.

    What do you hope to learn with the EIC?
    I am most interested in studying the three-dimensional structure of the proton and heavy nuclei—essentially using the EIC as a microscope to explore the structure of the nucleus at the level of the quarks and gluons! Also, studying the structure of heavy nuclei in the regime of energy enabled by the EIC will help physicists better understand the initial conditions of nuclei before they collide and produce quark-gluon plasma, a “soup” of “free” quarks and gluons that has been under study for the past 20+ years at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC).

    What features or capabilities of the EIC are essential to your research?
    The EIC’s ability to produce “polarized” beams of electrons, protons, and even helium-3 (the nucleus of standard helium, but with one less neutron) allows us to study all aspects of the spin structure of the proton and neutron. The EIC will be the only machine in the world capable of producing both kinds of polarized beams! The very high “luminosity” of the EIC, which translates into the rate of collisions of the electrons and ions, allows for the accrual of enormous amounts of data, which will be necessary to produce results with extremely high precision. This aspect of the EIC is crucial to many of the underlying physics goals.

    What is the biggest software or data challenge you expect to face in your EIC research?
    Because of the extremely high rate of data taking required for the EIC, we need to have well-developed electronics and software that allows us to “stream” every collision event from the detector. That requires huge bandwidth and short-term storage. After these data are staged, specialized software, hopefully aided by modern machine-learning techniques, will “filter” the enormous volume and carefully look for collision events of interest to store on a longer-term basis for analysis by scientists. After we have the data in hand, the analyzers will use the analysis codes they develop to study the underlying physics. They’ll also need to employ modern analysis techniques to analyze the enormous amount of data in a timely fashion.

    What fascinates or excites you most about your work? Why?
    I think it’s really crazy that we can build these increasingly complex (and gigantic) detectors and particle accelerators and use them to unlock the secrets of how the universe is constructed from the most-fundamental building blocks. The sheer number of components that have to work well together to even make the simplest measurements is astounding. Imagine trying to use a two-mile ring of magnets to steer two hair-strand thin beams of particles that you cannot physically “see” at nearly the speed of light to collide continuously at the center of a digital camera the size of a three-story house. When you take a step back and see the immense achievements in technology that have been made to enable this level of study of the subatomic world, it’s really awe-inspiring.

    What is currently the most prominent 'thing' on your desktop, physical or virtual?
    My coffee mug. It (and its contents) is the single most important thing to the success of my work.

    What does a typical workday look like for you?
    I spend hours debugging code I am using to perform analysis and lots of time attending meetings to collaboratively decide on the best avenues for the design of detectors and the refinement of analysis techniques. I usually have some time to read and write scientific papers on the work we have been accomplishing. I also spend some time with a notebook and pen to do some of my work (even some code-debugging!) the “old-fashioned” way because I still find I remember things better that way.

    What do you like to do when you aren't working on EIC science?
    I play guitar in an 80s cover band called VHS! I have been playing music for the better part of 21 years, and I have acquired a pretty illogical amount of musical gear for only 32 years of age.

    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.

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

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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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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."

  • 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!"

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