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CST Director of Science
Job ID #: 12328 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Science Division: IT Division Summary
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Doctorate (Professional)
Experience Required: 10+ years Relocation Provided: Yes

SALARY RANGE: $123,800 - $195,600 (SCS)
Jefferson Lab is a nuclear physics research facility funded by Office of Science of the Department of Energy. The Computational Sciences and Technology (CST) division is responsible for the support of scientific computing projects and the computing infrastructure that advance the science mission of the laboratory. The computing resources at the laboratory are critical to the success of the nuclear physics science program and we anticipate expansion to accommodate future experiments. A large computation resource will also be of interest to a broader range of Office of Science programs beyond nuclear physics.  

We are seeking applicants for a position of CST Director of Science. This individual will be responsible for identifying potential users for the computational facility, evaluating need, developing a user community, and advising on the scale and scope of the facility needed to support that community. This position will report directly to the Associate Director for CST division. It is anticipated that this will be a management position leading a new department within CST.

Essential Functions:

  • Work with the AD for CST division and the head of Scientific Computing to evaluate:
    • Gaps and use cases that scientific computing resources at Jefferson Lab can fill.
    • Potential users for computing resources.
    • Scope and scale of resources required by the Office of Science community.
  • Work with CST staff to provide requirements guiding facility expansion.
  • Work with CST staff and members of the science community to develop a user program.
  • Grow a science outreach department to support the user community. Providing outreach, training, application development support.

Education and Experience:
Ph.D in Physics or Computer Science plus 15 years of relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:   
  • Advanced and demonstrated planning, budgeting, problem solving, decision making, analytical, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Developed leadership, managerial, interface, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of techniques for application of computation to science research.
  • Recognized by the science community for expertise in relevant areas of computation in support of science.

• 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

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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