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Hall B Postdoctoral Fellow
Job ID #: 12386 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Science Division: Exp Nuclear Physics
Position Type: Term Education Required: Doctorate (Professional)
Experience Required: None Relocation Provided: Yes

As a matter of corporate policy, all JSA employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  All successful hires will be required to provide COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination.

Position Posted: November 30th, 2021
Salary Range: $58,300 - $87,500

This position is for a Hall B postdoctoral fellow to work on detector simulations and data reconstruction algorithms while pursuing an original research project within Hall B physics program. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Hall B staff members and in close connection with the Software Group on the development and maintenance of the current simulation and reconstruction tools.

-       Conduct an original research project within the Hall B physics program;

-       In collaboration with Hall B staff and, in particular, the Software Group, design and implement simulation and reconstruction algorithms for new detectors and upgrades of the current equipment;

-       In collaboration with Hall B staff and, in particular, the Software Group, support the development of existing reconstruction and calibration tools (tracking, particle identification, etc.);

-       In collaboration with Hall B staff and, in particular, the Software Group, support the development of a high-level data analysis framework;

-       Support the Hall B users in data calibration and analysis;

-       Provide documentation, training, and support for Hall B operating procedures;

-       Provide regular reports of activity to the Hall B and CLAS12 leadership.

  • Ph.D. degree in nuclear or particle physics;
  • Up-to-date knowledge in related scientific data collection, data management, and data analysis concepts;
  • Good programming skills (JAVA/Python/C++/…);
  • Knowledge or interest in high energy physics and/or nuclear physics detector simulation tools;
  • Knowledge or interest in AI techniques;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to interact effectively with a diverse group of scientists;
  • Self-motivated and able to work in a team environment.

 Please send at least 2 reference letters and a cover letter to Linda Ceraul (

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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