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Postdoctoral  Fellow -  Theory
Job ID #: 12375 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Research Division: Theory & Computational Physics
Position Type: Term Education Required: Post-Doctorate
Experience Required: Less than 1 year Relocation Provided: Yes

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SALARY RANGE: $58,300 - $87,500 (PD)

You ‘matter’ to us! Our diverse team at Jefferson Lab includes more than 775 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 looking for a Post Doctoral Fellow
The Jefferson Lab Theory Center expects to have up to three postdoctoral positions beginning in the fall of 2022 to join a program of research in theoretical hadronic and nuclear physics that motivates and supports Jefferson Lab experiments at 12 GeV and beyond.

This includes:
* Calculation of the properties of light nuclei and their electroweak interactions;
* Studies of strong coupling QCD on the lattice and in the continuum to compute the spectrum, decays, transition form factors and multidimensional structure of hadrons;
* The application of Effective Field Theories to nuclear and hadronic properties;
* The application of QCD factorization to observables sensitive to single and multi-dimensional hadron structures (encoded in both TMDs and GPDs), and their extraction from data using QCD global analyses;
* The application of scattering theory methods to the phenomenology of multi-hadron final states relevant for the spectroscopy program at JLab and elsewhere;
* and the implication and extension of all such studies for a future Electron-Ion Collider.

These positions are normally for two years, but outstanding performance may allow an extension to a third year. There are established networking opportunities to interact and collaborate with researchers worldwide to bring global experience and expertise to bear on extracting definitive physics results from the JLab 12 GeV experimental program. You can find more about the Theory Center by clicking on: A strong publication record in any of the areas of interest is essential, together with a PhD in hadron or nuclear physics.



* A PhD in an appropriate area of theoretical physics is a prerequisite, together with a record of publications in leading journals and talks at workshops and conferences.
* Recognized research program in theoretical nuclear and/or hadron physics that overlaps with the JLab scientific program.

Applicants must upload (1) your cv, (2) research interest and (3) publication list, and three letters of recommendations through the Academic Jobs Online at ( The applicant must also apply to JLab’s online application tracking system for Postdoctoral Research Positions at (Job ID 12375). The deadline for applications is November 28, 2021.

JSA will not sponsor H1B visas for this position.

• 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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