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Electrical Engineering Manager – Instrumentation and Controls
Job ID #: 12284 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Engineering Division: Engineering Division
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Experience Required: 10+ years Relocation Provided: Yes

SALARY RANGE: $105,200 - $166,200 (SE III)

The Electrical Engineering Systems (EES) Group Leader for the Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) group provides management oversight for a team of engineers and technicians supporting accelerator operations, experimental halls, and other lab initiatives.  Responsibilities will include, leading the development of new beam diagnostic instrumentation, maintaining an understanding of the Accelerator division’s overall operational goals, keeping I&C engineering staff abreast of latest technology, ensuring project workflows and handoffs are completed in accordance with engineering expectations, and assessing workloads against manpower resources and skillsets for the I&C group.

This will include working with customers to develop planning, cost, and schedules to maintain reliable diagnostic equipment to support accelerator operations.  The incumbent will utilize engineering resources to balance incoming work requests, assist in the prioritization of tasks, help to mitigate resource conflicts, and monitor customer satisfaction of engineering services. 

Duties will include:

  • Carry out day-to-day operations of the Instrumentation and Controls group. Develop strategies to increase productivity and increase motivation through thoughtful work assignments within I&C
  • Perform administrative supervisory duties for direct staff and all other staff within the I&C group to include setting and management of yearly expectations, annual appraisals, and other performance related topics.
  • Lead the development of new beam diagnostics equipment that resolves obsolescence issues with existing equipment and provides new or enhanced diagnostic capabilities to accelerator physicists. 
  • Stay abreast of accelerator/experimental diagnostic development at other labs such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
  • Guide engineers in the development and troubleshooting of hardware and software used to support machine operations. Ensure projects are developed with relevant stakeholder involvement, reviewed at appropriate stages, and documented upon completion. 
  • Ensure the I&C group follows all ES&H electrical safety requirements.  Ensure the group maintains all required training and provide feedback to improve the safety as appropriate. Foster a culture of safety within the group.
  • Manage the group annual work plan and budget ensuring resources are properly assigned to maintain machine operations within budget
  • Candidate will be required to assist in the coordination of off-hour accelerator emergency repairs to support 24-hour a day operation of the accelerator.

BS degree in electrical engineering or physics and a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience with electrical engineering systems. MS preferred.

a)      Background in electrical engineering and supervisory experience managing groups.

b)     The ideal candidate will have experience in accelerator beam diagnostic applications, beam position monitors, timing systems, emittance diagnostics, vacuum systems, or motion control.

c)      Solid knowledge of electrical circuits and systems. Individual will be a system expert in one of the following areas, Control systems/theory, Digital design (FPGAs, microprocessors) or Analog/RF design.

d)      Able to compose and publish research work in peer-reviewed journals.

• Ability to perform complex and/or varied tasks
• Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore and implement alternative solutions
• Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and systems and develop models
• Capable of analytic and deductive reasoning

• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• Ability to stoop, bend over and climb ladders
• Ability to carry up to 10 lbs and 25 pounds occasionally
• Ability to work on a computer for extended periods
• Visual capabilities to use computer workstations, read drawings and documents, make field observations, 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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