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Postdoctoral Fellow - Data Scientist
Job ID #: 12472 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Computer Division: Computational Sciences and Technology (CST) Division
Position Type: Term Education Required: Doctorate (Professional)
Experience Required: Not Indicated 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: 5/18/2022
Salary Range: $59,500 - $89,300 (PD)
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:

Are you looking to join a growing and exciting Data Science Team? If you are looking for a career opportunity with a unique organization, where your contributions matter, consider Jefferson Lab. As a member of the Data Science Department, you will participate in the research and development in machine learning and data analysis focusing on multiple application while, focusing on projects aimed at applying data science methods to relevant Jefferson Lab mission projects.

In this role, you will:

  • Work on all elements of data science work flow (data preprocessing, analyzing data using exploratory mathematics and statistical techniques
  • Generative and data reduction machine learning methods
  • Anomaly/fault detection
  • Causality methods
  • Apply and develop methods to include uncertainty quantification for scientific research project
  • Demonstrates initiative in determining solutions to problems and provides clear reports on project progress and completion. Recommends various technology options or approaches for system and processes improvements in terms of performance, efficiency, cost or safety.
  • Publish research results in highly visible, peer-reviewed venues (conferences & journals)
  • Develop and maintain high quality software for data science projects (machine learning & uncertainty quantify)
  • Interact with internal and external researchers and domain scientists for collaboration purposes
  • Participate and potentially lead technical presentations on the work



Qualifications We Require:


PhD degree or greater in Computer Science, Data Science, Applied Mathematics, Computer Engineering, or a closely related technical area.

Certifications and Experience:

  • Peer-reviewed publication record in Data Sciences, Machine Learning or a closely related area

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Proficiency in Python and familiarity with publicly available technical libraries for data analytic (e.g. scikit-lean), deep learning
  • Ability to work with large datasets and mine relevant information for use in AI/ML applications
  • Proactive, highly motivated self-starter with demonstrated experience with contributing and leading tasks on major projects with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop approaches and solutions to complex problems in the forms of proposals, software, documents or other work products.
  • Must be able to operate computer equipment in an office or laboratory environment
  • Ability to clearly communicate and report the progress on tasks and projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively work on project teams

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 comprehend, formulate, and communicate highly abstract concepts
• Ability to express or exchange complex ideas by means of spoken and written communication
• Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and develop models

• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• Ability to lift up to 10 pounds frequently and 25 pounds occasionally
• Ability to stoop, bend over and climb ladders
• Ability to work on a computer for extended periods
• Visual capabilities sufficient to use computer workstations, read documents, 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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