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Scientific Computing Staff Scientist I
Job ID #: 12013 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Science Division: IT Division Summary
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Post-Doctorate
Experience Required: None Relocation Provided: Yes

SALARY RANGE: $62,300 - $98,300 (SS I)

You ‘matter’ to us! Our diverse team at Jefferson Lab includes more than 700 people, including physicists, engineers, computer professionals, technicians and more. From probing the basic building blocks of matter to performing advanced computing and applied research, we are on the leading edge of science and technology. If you are looking for a great job in a unique place where your contributions truly matter, consider Jefferson Lab!

Jefferson Lab is enhancing their computational program to fully exploit the scientific potential of the recent energy upgrade to the Continuous Beam Electron Accelerator Facility.   A Staff Scientist I in IT division will combine knowledge of physics and scientific computing to support and develop common tools and applications to be used across the Jefferson Lab 12 GeV Science Program.   The individual will participate in collaborative projects between the Information Technology Division and the Jefferson Lab Physics community  


Essential Job Functions:  

Understand scientific and technical requirements for experimental offline software and contribute to lab wide technical projects. 

Develop, support and maintain scientific computing applications in data analytics, statistics and applied math to support the 12 GeV science programs, with focus on solutions that are common across Jefferson Lab.

Develop awareness of computing in the broader physics community including High Energy Physics and other Nuclear Physics Facilities.  Serve as an advocate for Jefferson Lab in the broader community


Education, Certifications and Experience:

  • Ph. D in Nuclear Physics, High Energy Physics or related fields required, with 2-3 years of experience preferred
  • Two plus years  of  experience in developing scientific computing applications in the context of a Nuclear or High Energy Physics Experiment a plus


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:   

  • Demonstrated accomplishments in developing computational infrastructure and applications that are in production use for experimental offline computing.
  • The ability to work collaboratively on some projects and independently on others is essential
  • Demonstrated knowledge of at least one programming language and one scripting language
  • Understanding of software development methodologies is a plus.
  • The ability to support applications through the full life cycle is a plus
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant technologies or techniques such as data visualization, machine learning and distributed computing.  Experimental reconstruction code development experience is a plus 
  • Knowledge of common community tools such as Geant4 is a plus
  • Ability to engage in the 12 GeV scientific program or in the EIC development
  • Must possess exceptional written and oral communication skills

• 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 get across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• 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/Jefferson Lab 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 Lab'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.

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