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Electrical Engineering Manager - RF Group Leader
Job ID #: 12435 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Engineering Division: Engineering Division
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Bachelors Degree
Experience Required: 10+ years Relocation Provided: Yes

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Position Posted: March 21, 2022
Salary Range:  $126,400 - $199,800 (SSE)
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 RF Group in Jefferson Lab’s Electrical Engineering Support Department maintains and develops the high power radio frequency (RF) systems for the 12GeV superconducting CEBAF accelerator at Jefferson Lab. The RF Group also provides significant support and collaboration for superconducting RF initiatives at other national laboratories including Oak Ridge (SNS), SLAC National Accelerator Center (LCLS-II), FERMI National Accelerator Laboratory (PIP-II), and Brookhaven (EIC). Our world class Electrical Engineering Department is seeking an established RF engineering manager to help guide the efforts of the RF Group to support accelerator operations, advance state of the art designs for specialized solid-state amplifiers and low level RF controls, as well as to support ongoing major projects to improve the RF performance at Jefferson Lab and other national facilities. This is a unique position guiding a key technical group that is in high demand both in the United States and internationally.

To that end we are seeking an Electrical Engineering group leader for the Radio Frequency (RF) group to provide management and technical oversight for a team of engineers and technicians supporting accelerator operations, and other lab initiatives.  The role will also work with customers to develop planning, cost, and schedules to maintain reliable RF systems to support accelerator operations, address obsolescence issues, and lead state-of-the-art High Power RF (HPRF) and Low Level RF (LLRF) controls development.  The incumbent will utilize engineering resources to balance incoming work requests, assist in the prioritization of tasks, help to mitigate resource conflicts, and monitor customer satisfaction of engineering services.  Responsibilities include maintaining the high voltage RF systems used to power the superconducting cavities in our electron accelerator, leading the development of new RF power systems  such as Solid State Amplifiers and RF controls, maintaining an understanding of the Accelerator division’s overall operational goals, keeping RF engineering staff abreast of latest technology, ensuring project workflows and handoffs are completed in accordance with engineering expectations, and assessing workloads against manpower resources and skillsets for the RF group.

Your Role Will:

  • Carry out day-to-day operations of the RF group. Develop strategies to increase productivity and increase motivation through thoughtful work assignments within RF.
  • Maintain an understanding of the Accelerator operations requirements for machine operations. Ensure group resources are assigned sufficiently to meet the goals of the program.
  • Manage the group annual work plan and budget.  Ensure resources are properly assigned to maintain machine operations within budget.  Recognize and communicate resource issues during the group’s work planning process.
  • Lead the development of new RF equipment (HPRF and LLRF) that: resolves obsolescence issues with existing equipment, and provides new or enhanced RF capabilities to accelerator physicists. 
  • Guide engineers in the development and troubleshooting of hardware and software used to support machine operations.
  • Evaluate and develop strategies to address yearly HPRF and LLRF system problems, repairs, maintenance, and other issues related to system performance.
  • Stay abreast of accelerator RF development (HPRF and LLRF) at other labs through personal relationships, workshops, and conferences.
  • Encourage engineering staff to share and collaborate our RF engineering expertise on relevant projects
  • Work with EES management to develop strategies that address RF performance improvement and obsolescence needs for the CEBAF accelerator, experimental halls, and other lab initiatives.
  • Ensure projects are developed with relevant stakeholder involvement, reviewed at appropriate stages, and documented upon completion.  Ensure equipment turn over meets the needs of our customers during acceptance testing.  Maintain RF equipment over its lifecycle.
  • Analyze accelerator downtime weekly and work with accelerator operability to increase machine availability/reliability. Investigate reports of defective, damaged, or malfunctioning parts, assemblies, equipment, or systems to determine the nature and scope of the problem. 
  • Ensure the RF group follows all ES&H electrical safety requirements.  Ensure the group maintains all required training and provide feedback to improve the safety as appropriate. Foster a culture of safety within the group.

Candidate will be required to assist in the coordination off-hour accelerator emergency repairs to support 24-hour a day operation of the accelerator.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or Applied Physics


  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience with electrical engineering systems.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Background in electrical engineering and experience managing groups and projects
  • The ideal candidate will be an accomplished expert in accelerator RF applications (RF power and/or Low Level RF controls), demonstrated through conference and journal papers.
  • Solid knowledge of electrical circuits and systems. Individual will be a system expert in one of the following areas, RF/Microwave electronics, RF Power systems, Low Level RF (control theory, Digital design) or Analog/power electronics.
  • Demonstrated ability to compose and publish research work in journals and conference proceedings.
Qualifications We Desire:
  • Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering or Applied Physics

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 (vacation, holidays, sick leave) 
  • 401(k) Plan – 9% Lab Contribution; 100% vested 
  • Flexible Work Arrangements (Hybrid & 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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