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JSA/JLab Nathan Isgur Fellowship
Job ID #: 12367 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Science Division: Theory & Computational Physics
Position Type: Term Education Required: Post-Doctorate
Experience Required: Less than 1 year 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: $71,400 - $112,800 

The Jefferson Science Associates (JSA) and Jefferson Lab (JLab) invite applications for the 2022 JSA/JLab Nathan Isgur Fellowship in Nuclear Theory, which was established in honor of the late Nathan Isgur who served as the Lab’s Chief Scientist from 1990 to 2001.  The Fellowship award will be for a three-year period, which may vary under special circumstances. The JSA Initiatives Fund will provide additional support annually up to $10,000 for travel and research support. 

The Nathan Isgur Fellowship aims to attract new talent to Jefferson Lab that can significantly enhance the Lab's capabilities in theoretical nuclear physics. The Theory Center at JLab has a very active research program in QCD and its applications in hadronic and nuclear physics, including while not limited to,

  1. Studies of strong coupling QCD on the lattice computing the spectrum, decays, transition form factors and multidimensional structure of hadrons;
  2. Applications of effective field theories to nuclear and hadronic properties;
  3. Calculations of nuclear properties and their electroweak interactions;
  4. Applications of scattering theory methods to the phenomenology of multi-hadron final states relevant for the spectroscopy program at JLab and worldwide;
  5. Applications of QCD factorization to observables sensitive to single and multiple dimensional hadron structures and their extraction from data using QCD global analyses;
  6. Extensions of all such studies for a future Electron-Ion Collider.

A Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear or high energy physics and a strong publication record is required. You can find more about JLab and its Theory Center by clicking on:  

All applicants must upload (1) a cover letter, (2) your cv, (3) three letters of recommendations, (4) research interest, and (5) a publication list through the Academic Jobs Online post at AcademicJobOnline The applicant must also apply to Jefferson Lab's online application tracking system for this Position (Job 12367) at  The deadline for applications is November 28, 2021.

• 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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