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Nuclear Physics Computing Lead
Job ID #: 12326 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Computer Division: IT Division Summary
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Experience Required: 10+ years Relocation Provided: Yes

Please note that all JSA/Jefferson Lab employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful hires will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination.

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

The Jefferson Lab Scientific Computing Department is part of the Jefferson Lab Computational Sciences and Technology (CST) division and is responsible for the support of Scientific Computing projects at the laboratory. Jefferson Lab hosts the 12 GeV CEBAF electron accelerator that is the core of a world leading nuclear physics research program. The laboratory is also a partner in the Electron Ion Collider (EIC) that will be constructed at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Nuclear Physics Computing Lead will combine knowledge of physics and scientific computing to identify and develop computational projects critical to the success of the Jefferson Lab 12 GeV and EIC Science Program and coordinate scientific computing activities to insure effective execution of the program.  They will work closely with Jefferson Lab Physics community and will represent Jefferson Lab in building collaborations with other DOE National Laboratories and with universities.

Essential Job Functions

  • Lead teams of experts in scientific computing to meet the mission needs of EIC and 12 GeV science. This includes supplying hardware and software services to the Nuclear Physics Theory and Experimental programs.  The functions of the groups include software development as well as recommending third party software packages and advanced technologies in support of nuclear physics.  
  • Work closely with groups in Computing, Networking, and Infrastructure to ensure timely deployment and reliable operation of the computing equipment. Provide consistent technical leadership and foster a professional and best practices mentality. Develop staffing plans that meet the growing program.
  • Serve as a CST Point of Contact with the Jefferson Lab experimental halls and with the EIC. 
  • Work with the Jefferson Lab and EIC communities to plan and provision, appropriate computing platforms, software packages, software tools, and applications. 
  • Coordinate JLAB theory computing by understanding scientific, technical, and computational landscape for the Theory Program, in conjunction with theory staff.
  • As part of a larger team, work to develop computational projects in data analytics, statistics, and applied math to support the 12 GeV science programs and other science domains, working in partnership with universities and other DOE Labs.   
  • Support strategic laboratory initiatives. 
  • Serve as an advocate for Jefferson Lab scientific computing on the national and international stage.
  • Maintain direct technical control of at least one forward going project of benefit to EIC and 12GeV
  • Maintain knowledge about trends in computing in the broader physics community including High Energy Physics and other Nuclear Physics Facilities. 
  • This position will direct the efforts of a team of developers from the CST division and will coordinate contributions from other lab divisions

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree plus 10 years of relevant experience
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computational infrastructure and applications applicable to large scale experimental facilities
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to lead and manage a scientific computing project.
  • Prior experience in DOE or National Lab environment, or major international nuclear or high energy physics laboratory is highly desired
  • Ability to interact across organizational levels including senior leadership and effectively form partnerships.
  • Must possess exceptional written and oral communication skills.

• Ability to understand, remember, and communicate highly technical information and make decisions
• Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate, explore and implement alternative solutions
• Capable of analytic and deductive reasoning

• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• Ability to work at a computer workstation for extended periods
• Visual capabilities 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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