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Cryogenics Deputy Department Head
Job ID #: 12434 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Engineering Division: Engineering Division
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Experience Required: 10+ 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: March 15, 2022
Salary Range: $126,400 - $199,800 (SSE)

What Your Job Will Be Like:
Jefferson Lab currently operates the two largest 2 Kelvin helium refrigerators in the world along with three other smaller plants supporting the experimental programs at Jefferson Lab.  Additionally, we have designed and built significant portions of helium refrigerators for other national laboratories like Oak Ridge, SLAC National Accelerator Center, the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and the NASA Johnson Space Center.  Our world leading cryogenics department is seeking an established cryogenics professional to help guide the engineering efforts of this department to support plant operations, advancing state of the art designs for refrigeration including efficiency advancements, and to support ongoing major projects to improve cryogenics facilities both at Jefferson Lab and other national facilities.  This is a key position within a Cryogenics Department that is in high demand both in the United States and internationally.

To that end we are seeking an experienced engineer serving as deputy to the Cryogenics Department Head and leading engineering tasks involving small to large scale 2 Kelvin and 4 Kelvin helium refrigeration/liquefaction systems. As a senior staff engineer you will be expected to originate, plan, organize and direct the engineering and design staff on multiple major projects critical to the Lab’s success of the highest complexity requiring forefront-of-the-field, innovative solutions. These design and engineering projects are related to small to large scale 2 Kelvin and 4 Kelvin helium refrigeration/liquefaction systems which include: warm and cold compression systems, cold boxes, vacuum pumping systems, cryogenic fluid transfer systems, pressure vessels and large utility support systems for cooling water and gas management/storage. Many of these projects include: identifying and defining system and equipment specifications; leading the engineering efforts for projects from conception through design, fabrication, assembly, testing and commissioning for complex systems while demonstrating a detailed understanding of system interactions. The candidate will also be responsible for estimating costs, labor and schedules while often tracking progress, identifying personnel discrepancies and maintaining budgets of the engineering projects within the department.

In addition to keeping track of current issues, ongoing and upcoming projects, as deputy head of the Cryogenics department, it is expected that this candidate shall understand how each of the cryogenic plants at Jefferson Lab work and their present status, who the key operators are and the user/operation group interfaces, be aware of the associated schedules of the Cryo Department and the end users. The deputy is expected to lead during absence of the department head.

Your Role Will:

  • Consistently demonstrate extremely high levels of technical knowledge, ingenuity and creativity.
  • Develop and apply advanced technologies, engineering principles, theories and concepts.
  • Remain abreast of and consult others on technical advancements. Identify and routinely use the most effective, cost efficient and best practices to execute processes while continually evaluate their effectiveness and appropriateness.
  • Independently identify complex problems and devise optimal and innovative solutions to problems that often cross organizational boundaries.
  • Specify scope, performance and other system requirements for various projects.
  • Strive to become an expert with commonly used applicable codes and standards, e.g.: ASME piping, ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes, and JLab Pressure and Vacuum System Rules.
  • Ensure responsible points of contact for the design, procurement and fabrication of subcontracted services and systems. Interface with external vendors as necessary to ensure quality and equipment is fabricated, inspected, and delivered within the requirements
  • Ensure all required documentation is generated to install, commission, and maintain said designs.
  • Be involved in day-to-day operations of large refrigeration systems supporting JLab operations in order to translate this experience into new system designs.
  • Understand how each of the cryogenic plants at Jefferson Lab work, future upgrades and their present status.




Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in applied physics, mechanical or chemical engineering from an accredited university plus 15 years of relevant experience. Master’s Degree is a plus.
Proven management experience leading a technical group and having a detailed understanding of all phases of the processes and equipment of a refrigeration (cryogenic a plus) plant.

Subject Matter Expert in several areas or systems and has several nationally recognized and published papers related to refrigeration or cryogenics. Past accomplishments should have contributed to state of-the-art field in the of expertise.



• 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 employment@jlab.org 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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