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Cryogenic Systems Electrical Engineer
Job ID #: 12383 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Engineering Division: Engineering Division
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Experience Required: 4+ years Relocation Provided: Yes

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SALARY RANGE:  $81,600 - $129,000 (SE II)

Our diverse team at Jefferson Lab includes more than 750 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!

The Cryogenic Department (Engineering Division of Jefferson Lab) is seeking an electrical engineer.  The department is responsible for the operation, design, and development of complex cryogenic systems and support infrastructure. The incumbent will assist in the development, implementation, documentation, commissioning, and operation of numerous cryogenic projects within Jefferson Lab and other national or international accelerator laboratories on systems capable of operating at temperatures down to 2.1 Kelvin. Many of the systems are unique and represent the state of the art in cryogenics. Work can include AC/DC power distribution systems, motors and drives, control and data acquisition systems, software development, and cryogenic plant operations.

Your Role Will Include:

-          Design and implement control systems including architecture, wiring, and programming for cryogenic systems and support equipment.

-          Design and implement AC and DC electrical power distribution systems for cryogenic equipment.

-          Produce design documentation, drawings, and specifications for the electrical portions of cryogenic equipment.

-          Work to ensure that designs and requirements comply with the guidelines of Jefferson Lab environmental, safety, health, and quality (ESH&Q) policies.

-          Utilize electrical test equipment such as DVM, signal generators, and oscilloscopes to troubleshoot and test various electrical and control systems.

-          The position is very “hands on” and will require the individual to spend time in the field both at and within the cryogenics plants and fabrication areas along with at their desk and computer.

This position requires supporting 24/7 operations of the Cryogenics Deparmtne as a Cyrogenic Coordinator on call.  This means responding to operational emergencies outside normal business hours.  The Cryogenic Coordinator is the on-call duty representaitve for the department for a week's duration for 3 to 4 times per year. (training will be provided).  Occasional mandatory unplanned work, typically for emergency repairs, will be required. 

Education and Experience:

BS in electrical engineering plus 4 years of experience 
Course work in implementing and programming control systems, electronics, and AC/DC power system
MS in electrical engineering is preferred with 2 years of experience. 
Experience with CAD systems and other engineering, simulation, and modeling programs is a plus

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong engineering background with demonstrated experience  in mixed signal electronics (Analog/Digital) for control systems and programming
A firm grasp of one or more programming languages such as C, C++, PLC (ladder logic, function block, or structured text), or Visual Basic, is required
Good team and communication skills and the ability to work in multidisciplinary groups (engineers, technicians, programmers, and users) to solve technical problems is necessary
Must  demonstrate high initiative and be a “self starter”.

• Ability to perform complex and/or varied tasks
• Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore and implement alternative solutions
• Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and systems and develop models
• Capable of analytic and deductive reasoning

• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• Ability to stoop, bend over and climb ladders
• Ability to carry up to 40 lbs.
• Ability to access and work in confined spaces
• Ability to work on a computer for extended periods
• Visual capabilities to use computer workstations, read drawings and documents, make field observations, 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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