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R&D Technologist
Job ID #: 12216 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Technology Division: Accelerator Ops, R & D
Position Type: Term Education Required: Associates Degree
Experience Required: 3 years Relocation Provided: No

SALARY RANGE: $55,500 - $75,500 (T/D II)

The Superconducting radio frequency (SRF) research institute at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF) seeks two R&D technicians to assist experimental projects aimed at understanding the fundamental properties of niobium and other superconducting thin film based accelerating structures. As an R&D technician, you have the unique opportunity to build your skills in the area of science. You will work under the guidance of SRF staff members to build, operate, and analyze data from state-of-the-art research equipment. These activities include working with high-resolution optical and electron imaging, deposition systems, assembling and testing accelerating structures cooled to cryogenic temperatures, mechanically polishing metallurgical and optically flat samples, perform chemical processing, building scientific equipment assemblies, and maintaining ultra-high vacuum (UHV) systems.

You ‘matter’ to us! Our diverse team at Jefferson Lab includes more than 700 people, including physicists, engineers, computer professionals, technicians and more. From probing the basic building blocks of matter to performing advanced computing and applied research, we are on the leading edge of science and technology. If you are looking for a great job in a unique place where your contributions truly matter, consider Jefferson Lab.

 We are currently seeking a R&D Technologist..

Essential Job Functions: 

  • Perform experiments under the direct supervision of Scientist, Postdoc. Engineers, and Sr. Technicians 
  • Act as a runner moving parts though multiple work centers , including tracking of parts, documenting work center paperwork , and communicating changing requirements 
  • Frequently assigned multiple tasks and accomplishes them simultaneously 
  • Have the mental ability to pivot quickly between projects on a daily or sometimes hourly basis 
  • Have a strong attention to detail and be quality oriented 
  • Provides support necessary to maintain group level operability 
  • Perform high dexterity small sample handling with tweezers, including cleaning and staging 
  • Able to use a computer with standard office software 
  • Able to do data analysis within a software environment like Excel, MATLAB, or Origin





Education, Certifications and Experience: 

a)    AS degree plus 3 years experience or High School Graduate with 6 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience  

Knowledge, Skills & Abiities:                         

a)     Experience with high or ultra-high vacuum.

b)     Experience in cleanroom assembly - ISO 6 or better.

c)      Experience with thin film deposition.

d)     Experience with active chemistry and working in fume hoods.

e)     Programming and use laboratory equipment like advanced DMM’s, power supplies , and DAQs –ideally within Labview or similar software.

f)      Testing and assembling electrical wiring for data acquisition.


• Ability to comprehend and follow instructions
• Ability to understand, remember, and communicate highly technical information and make decisions
• Ability to organize, prioritize and complete complex and varied tasks

• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• Ability to stoop, kneel, bend over and climb ladders and work at heights
• Ability to work in confined spaces
• Ability to stand and work for extended periods
• Ability to carry up to 40 lbs and lift 15 lbs above head frequently
• Ability to perceive temperatures and work in both hot and cold conditions.
• Ability to identify and distinguish colors
• Manual capability to pick, pinch, or otherwise work with fingers; seize, grasp, hold, turn, use hand tools and other equipment
• Visual capabilities sufficient to use computer workstations, read drawings and other documents and see safety alarms
• Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms

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 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.

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