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Hall A/C Staff Scientist I
Job ID #: 12301 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Science Division: Exp Nuclear Physics
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Doctorate (Academic)
Experience Required: Less than 1 year Relocation Provided: Yes

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SALARY RANGE:  $71,400 - $112,800 (SS I)

Staff Scientist I in electromagnetic nuclear physics in the combined experimental Hall A/C group. Experimental Hall A is currently installing major equipment in preparation for the Super BigBite Spectrometer (SBS) suite of experiments, while preparing for the future MOLLER and SoLID projects. A vigorous scientific program is foreseen for Hall C using the HMS and super HMS (SHMS) spectrometers, as well as new equipment such as a new Neutral Particle Spectrometer. The initial physics program of the Halls includes studies of generalized and transverse momentum dependent parton distribution functions of the nucleon, detailed measurements of nucleon valence quark structure at large x, and studies of fundamental properties of atomic nuclei. Major pieces of equipment include tracking chambers, calorimeters, and gas and aerogel Cherenkov counters, centered around large resistive and superconducting magnetic spectrometer systems. The new Staff Scientist will assume a growing and flexible leading role in the construction and/or operation of multiple Hall subsystems. This individual will share the responsibility for execution of the experimental physics program in both Halls A and C with the combined Hall A/C staff and external user community, providing hardware and software support of the Hall A/C instrumentation. Hall staff scientists are expected to be actively engaged in aspects of the Jefferson Lab scientific program

Education and Experience:
Ph.D. in experimental nuclear or particle physics with postdoctoral experience in nuclear or a related particle physics environment 

Knowledge, Skills and Abiities:
Expertise in the fabrication, assembly and operation of large complex detector systems, in the implementation of the accompanying data acquisition systems, and/or in significant software development for or simulation of same is preferred
Demonstrated expertise in at least one research area of current interest in nuclear physics and optimally the ability to conceive original experiments with electromagnetic probes.
Strong communication skills are a positive for interaction with a large and diverse international user community.

Please send at least 2 reference letters and a cover letter to Sadie Cherry (


• Ability to comprehend, formulate, and communicate highly abstract concepts
• Ability to express or exchange complex ideas by means of spoken and written communication
• Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and develop models

• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• Ability to lift up to 10 pounds frequently and 25 pounds occasionally
• Ability to stoop, bend over and climb ladders
• Ability to work on a computer for extended periods
• Visual capabilities sufficient to use computer workstations, read documents, and see safety alarms
• Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms

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