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Staff Engineer
Job ID #: 12453 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Engineering Division: Exp Nuclear Physics
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.

Posting Date: 4/27/2022

Range: $83,300 - $131,700 (SEII)

            $107,400 - $169,600 (SEIII)
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:

Jefferson Lab is currently seeking an experienced engineer to work in the Experimental Nuclear Physics Division’s Target Group to perform general engineering analysis using hand calculations and spreadsheets, and finite element analysis (FEA) of mechanical, structural, thermal and fluid systems using software packages such as ANSYS. Responsibilities will include leading the mechanical design, fabrication, assembly, installation, and commissioning of new target systems. The engineer in this role will routinely interface with Jefferson Lab staff outside of the Target Group to develop performance and schedule requirements for new and existing target systems.

Staff Engineer candidates can qualify at two different experience levels which correlate with a difference in responsibility and essential job functions, outlined below:

SEII:

In this role, you will…

  • Estimate the cost and schedule of subsystems within Target Group projects and will provide written and oral design and status reports on those subsystems
  • Assist in defining the Scope of Work for Target Group projects and assist the Responsible Engineer (RE) on these projects
  • Work alongside Target Group scientists, engineers, designers, and technicians on all phases of new target systems: from concept and design, to fabrication, assembly and testing, and finally to installation, operation, and maintenance
  • Interface with external vendors and contractors to ensure quality components are fabricated, inspected, and delivered.
  • Specify performance requirements for various target components using process and instrumentation drawings (P&IDs), procurement specifications, and system models.  
  • Design process piping and unfired pressure vessel systems in accordance with applicable codes and standards, including:  ASME piping, ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes, and JLab Pressure and Vacuum System Rules.
  • Ensure all required documentation is generated during target development including a Statement of Work specifying system requirements, standards, and acceptance criteria. 
  • Present technical design and status reports. Defend system designs and engineering analyses at engineering and safety reviews.

SEIII:

In this role, you will…

  • Direct the work of junior engineers, designers, and technical staff within the JLab Target Group during the development of new target systems.
  • Serve as the responsible point of contact for the design, procurement and fabrication of subcontracted components. Interface with external vendors and contractors to ensure quality components are fabricated, inspected, and delivered.
  • Specify performance requirements for various target components using process and instrumentation drawings (P&IDs), procurement specifications, and system models.  
  • Design process piping and unfired pressure vessel systems in accordance with applicable codes and standards, including:  ASME piping, ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes, and JLab Pressure and Vacuum System Rules.
  • Ensure all required documentation is generated during target development including a Statement of Work specifying system requirements, standards, and acceptance criteria. 
  • Present technical design and status reports. Defend system designs and engineering analyses at engineering and safety reviews
  • Estimate and track the cost and schedule of new projects from start to completion, and present design and status reports
  • Define Scope of Work for various Target Group projects and act as the Responsible Engineer (RE) for these projects
  • Serve as RE for projects outside of Target Group and serve on various panels and review committees, both internal and external to Jefferson Lab



Qualifications We Require:

SEII:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Physics

Experience:

  • Minimum of 4 years relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Must be a subject matter expert in at least one area that benefits the Jefferson Lab Target Group, including, but not limited to:

  • Cryogenic or low temperature systems
  • Process piping via ASME B31
  • Unfired pressure vessel design and construction via ASME Section VIII;
  • Heat transfer and heat exchanger design.
  • Spin-polarized targets that may also incorporate ultra-low temperature refrigeration
  • superconducting magnets
  • millimeter wave technology
  • NMR electronics. 

SEIII:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Physics

Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Must be a subject matter expert in more than one area that benefits the Jefferson Lab Target Group, including, but not limited to:

  • Cryogenic or low temperature systems
  • Process piping via ASME B31
  • Unfired pressure vessel design and construction via ASME Section VIII;
  • Heat transfer and heat exchanger design.
  • Spin-polarized targets that may also incorporate ultra-low temperature refrigeration
  • Superconducting magnets
  • Millimeter wave technology
  • NMR electronics. 

Qualifications We Desire:

SEII & SEIII:

  • Professional Engineering License a plus

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 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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