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Electronics Technologist - RF Systems
Job ID #: 12248 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Technology Division: Engineering Division
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Not Indicated
Experience Required: 3 years Relocation Provided: No

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

Make a difference! 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 an Electronics Technologist RF Systems Technician 

Incumbent will provide maintenance and repair support on RF systems used at Jefferson Lab’s electron accelerators in support of sustaining and increasing machine availability. They will use their knowledge of electronic principals, electronic test equipment including multimeters, oscilloscopes, network and spectrum analyzers, and other equipment, along with their troubleshooting skills to safely perform system and advanced board level troubleshooting and repair. Adjustment and calibration of systems to achieve required performance is also required.  The incumbent will work with the RF Group to maintain the Accelerator RF systems including high power amplifiers, low level RF controls for precise regulation of RF, power supplies, RF distribution systems, controls and interfaces. The equipment utilizes an array of technology including microprocessors, FPGAs, other digital and analog circuits, high voltage power supplies, and more. The incumbent will work under general supervision, following technical directives and utilize schematic drawings and other documentation to perform these duties.

Essential Job Functions:   

Knowledge of electronic principles, basic and advanced test equipment and troubleshooting techniques, the incumbent will:

  • Perform debugging and repair of systems, subsystems and boards
  • Perform cable and chassis facbrication when needed
  • Conduct advanced testing and calibration of electronic equipment maintained by the RF Group,
  • Communicate with scientists, engineers, and others as required.
  • Observe all safety requirements and policies
  • Provide on-call and occasional second shift and weekend support as required to maintain accelerator operations and systems
  • Conduct some thru-hole and SMT soldering.





Education, Certifications and Experience:

AS degree in electronics plus three years relevant experience or high school graduate with six years relevant experience in a multi-disciplined electronic maintenance environment or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficiency in following technical directives and reading and utilizing schematic drawings of electronic systems.
  • Knowledgeable in component identification, and schematic symbols
  • Knowledge of electronic fundamentals and understanding of basic circuits,
  • Knowledge or experience with low and high power RF systems is a plus since many of the systems fall into these categories
  • Knowledge and experience in electronics troubleshooting techniques and utilization of general purpose and specialized test equipment including DVMs and Oscilloscopes
  • Knowledge of RF troubleshooting techniques and use RF test equipment including network and spectrum analyzers, RF power meters and sources is a plus
  • Ability to fabricate cables and chassis 
  • Perform board level troubleshooting and debugging to component level and follow test and calibration procedures
  • Follow written and oral instruction
  • Make some field decisions
  • Access the accelerator tunnel using stairs
  • Use a computer workstation to operate RF system control screens and typical office applications
  • Demonstrated familiarility with Microsoft Office programs including Word and Excel
  • Pass required JLab safety related training, i.e.:   Rad. Worker 1, ODH, Electrical Safety, etc., and perform work in accordance with all safety requirements in a safe manner.


• 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 lift and carry up to 30 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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