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Sr. Technologist / Designer
Job ID #: 12441 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Engineering Division: Engineering Division
Position Type: Regular Education Required: High School Diploma
Experience Required: 9+ years Relocation Provided: No

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:  03/24/2022
Salary Range:  $69,600 - $94,800 (TD III)
Work Location Type: Dedicated On-site (100% working on-site)

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

What your job will be like:

As a Sr. Technologist Designer, you will support the design effort for internal, high technology projects working with Engineers and Scientists. This position calls for a mechanical designer who is self-motivated and has a proven track record of generating complex designs such as magnets, structures, testing equipment, mechanisms, machine components, vacuum equipment, electromechanical devices, piping systems, and cryostats. As the designer, you may be tasked to follow projects through purchasing, fabrication, and installation.

In this role, you will:

  • Be required to plan work assignments and maintain schedule and may be required to supervise other designers
  • Produce accurate 3D CAD models for complex systems and components using Siemen's NX and Teamcenter PDM as well as clear-to-read piece part drawings, manufacturing drawings, and P&IDs
  • Turn concepts and ideas into working assemblies and systems with independent thinking

Qualifications We Require:

  • High School Diploma


  • 9 years relevant experience, or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience in the drafting and design field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrates advanced knowledge of design and drafting techniques with Siemens NX CAD software to create complex models and drawings of components and assemblies.
  • Works in a group environment and occasionally independently, to produce models and drawings.
  • Ability to identify problems of moderate complexity. Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing. May also be required to present design reviews.
  • Must have practical, hands-on experience producing orthographic mechanical and fabrication drawings.
  • Must be able to check the work of other designers and be familiar with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.
  • Performs work with minimal supervision and be able to supervise other designers.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Prior experience in machining and/or metal fabrication 
  • Prior experience in designing cryogenic systems, vacuum systems, and/or cryostats

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 scien
ists 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 comprehend and follow instructions
• Ability to understand, remember, and communicate highly technical information and make decisions
• Ability to organize, prioritize and complete complex and varied tasks

• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• Ability to work at a computer workstation for extended periods
• Visual capabilities sufficient to use computer workstations, read drawings and other documents and see safety alarms
• Ability to visualize in three dimensions
• Ability to identify and distinguish colors
• Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms
• Ability to climb stairs and ladders
• Ability to lift up to 10 lbs frequently and 25 lbs occasionally

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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