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Postdoctoral Fellow - Theory
Job ID #: 12376 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Research Division: Theory & Computational Physics
Position Type: Term Education Required: Doctorate (Professional)
Experience Required: Less than 1 year Relocation Provided: Yes

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SALARY RANGE:  $58,300 - $87,500 (PD)

The Theory Center at Jefferson Lab (JLab) expects to have three theory postdoc positions to be available in the fall of 2022, and invites applications for these positions. These positions are normally for two years, but outstanding performance in research may allow an extension to a third year.

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


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 experimental program at JLab and worldwide. More about JLab and its Theory Center can be found at A Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear or high energy physics is required, and a strong publication record in any of above research areas is preferred.


Position Requirements

* 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 links provided below. The applicant must also apply to JLab’s online application tracking system for Postdoctoral Research Positions at 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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