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Hall D Staff Scientist
Job ID #: 12384 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Science Division: Exp Nuclear Physics
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Doctorate (Academic)
Experience Required: Less than 1 year Relocation Provided: Yes

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SALARY RANGE: $72,900 - $115,100 (SS I) 
Hall D is a facility for high-intensity photon beam experiments at Jefferson Lab. The initial physics program includes the search for gluon excitations in the light meson spectrum - the GlueX experiment - and precise measurements in Primakoff reactions. The approved experimental program includes several other experiments and is expected to grow.

The data taking for the first stage of GlueX took place in 2016-2018 and is complete. The accumulated data set far exceeds the world photoproduction data obtained with linearly polarized beams at energies near 9 GeV, allowing a broad research program along with the main goal of the experiment. Data analysis is ongoing and several scientific papers have been already published in prestigious physics journals. The first Primakoff experiment started in spring 2019. The second stage of the GlueX experiment started in the beginning of 2020 and by now data taking for this experiment is 30% complete.

The scientific staff supports the operations of the facility and takes part in the scientific program of the Lab, together with the external user community. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the maintenance and operations of the facility, to take a leading role in the data analysis of the Hall D experiments and in producing scientific results. Taking part in the further development of the physics program is strongly encouraged.

A Ph.D. in experimental nuclear, particle or high-energy physics, and postdoctoral experience are required.
The successful candidate should be a proven expert in hadronic physics analysis and have extensive experience with large-scale detectors. Expertise in hadron spectroscopy and in Partial Wave Analysis is highly desirable. Proficiency with the software tools common in the field – C++, ROOT, LaTeX, and Linux is assumed.

Maintain a Hall D subsystem as needed. These subsystems include the particle detectors, the readout electronics, the data acquisition system, the control system, the online and offline software. It also includes various procedures, as detector calibration and monitoring of the performance, and the data processing.  In particular, a support of the EM calorimetery in Hall D is needed. Take active part in the physics program – in the data analysis of the running experiments, and in production of scientific results. In particular, a strong contribution to the spectroscopy studies in the GlueX experiment is expected. Take part in the development of the scientific program.

Applicants should upload (a) their CV, (b) research interest/plan and (c) publication list through JLab's online application tracking system at .

3 letters of recommendation should be sent on your behalf to Rachel Harris <>. In addition to applying online applicants should send a copy of application materials to Rachel Harris electronically.

• 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.

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