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SRF Research Instrument Engineer
Job ID #: 12400 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Engineering Division: Accelerator Ops, R & D
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Experience Required: 4+ years 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:  01/03/2022
Salary Range:  $83,300 - $131,700 (SE II)
Work Location Type: Flexible On-site (working more than 60% on-site)

Come join our team at Jefferson Lab, where great minds matter. 

What your job will be like:

The SRF Institute seeks a SRF Research Instrument Engineer to join a dynamic team working on the development of material and surfaces for superconducting RF (SRF) applications. The individual will assist Staff Scientists and students in their SRF research activities. This will include, but not be limited to, maintaining several measurement and characterization systems such as 4-point probe and magnetometry systems, integrating controls and data acquisition on various existing research systems, participating in the development of novel instrumentation.

In this role, you will:

  • Provide instrumentation support for a wide range of analytical and developmental activities related to superconducting rf (SRF) materials and testing.
  • Design, debug, operate, and maintain an automated, multi-sample Tc/RRR sample measurement system and other magnetometry systems as a service to multiple JLab SRF programs.
  • Integrate controls and data acquisition for vacuum, coating, electrochemical test systems as a service to scientific investigations.
  • Maintain materials analysis test systems and trains users (digital optical microscopes, Kyoto camera system …).
  • Assist in systems anomaly diagnosis and resolution.
  • Work with stakeholders to design and develop new control processes.
  • Assist PhD and master students in their lab research.
  • Support the continuous improvement of laboratory equipment.

Qualifications We Require:


  • Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer, Electronic, or Electrical Engineering


  • 4 years of relevant electronic design, programming, integration and testing experience and
  • Experience with science instrument (or similar) integration with ground, electrical and power, or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Proficiency with any structured programming/scripting language (preferably C, C++, C#), Phython/Jupiter, MatLab, Labview, PLC programming
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical skills with attention to detail, high degree of quality and reliability that entail requirements review and analysis to support scientific instrument control software programming, and circuit layout analysis
  • Team player, flexible and adaptable
  • Able to effectively train his/her work group and effectively lead work teams within the work group.
  • Able to give effective presentations to general audiences and write convincing proposals and reports with all necessary backup material for lab consumption.  
  • Ability to learn new equipment process
  • Ability to follow evolving but strict procedures and instructions in an R&D environment
  • Ability to solve problems, and address road blocks to technical issues
Qualifications We Desire:
  • Knowledge of high power, high voltage, high current systems 

About Jefferson Lab
Join a community with a common purpose of solving the most challenging scientific and engineering problems of our time.  The Jefferson Lab campus is located in southeastern Virginia amidst a vibrant and growing technology community.
A career at Jefferson Lab is more than a job. You will be part of “big science” and work alongside top scientists and engineers from around the world unlocking the secrets of our visible universe.   Managed by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is entering an exciting period of mission growth and is seeking new team members ready to apply their skills and passion to have an impact.  You could call it work, or you could call it a mission. We call it a challenge. We do things that will change the world. 

Total Rewards at Jefferson Lab
At Jefferson Lab, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (Paid Parental, vacation, holidays, and sick leave) 
  • 401(k) Plan – 9% Lab Contribution; 100% vested 
  • Flexible Work Arrangements (Remote & Alternate Work Schedules available) 
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs 
  • Live near the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay region with access to nearby beaches, mountains, and all major metropolitan centers on the East Coast

• 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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