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Staff Scientist II
Job ID #: 12004 Position Type: Regular
Functional Area: Science Location: Newport News, VA
Education Required: Post-Doctorate Division: Accelerator Ops, R & D
Experience Required: 10+ years Relocation Provided: Yes

SALARY RANGE:  $80,000 - $126,600 (SS II)

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Jefferson Lab is seeking a candidate for a Staff Scientist II position in the Center for Advanced Studies of Accelerators (CASA). Working under the general direction of CASA and engineering, the incumbent will address relevant beam physics problems for Jefferson Lab present and future accelerators, particularly those relating to beam transport, beam dynamics, impedances, and instabilities for the proposed electron-ion collider (EIC); will participate in other EIC design work as needed; will plan and perform beam physics studies with Jefferson Lab accelerators; and will participate in CEBAF operations optics support.

The incumbent will work under the consultative direction of CASA and Accelerator Division Leadership, and will closely interact with other members of the Accelerator, Physics, and Engineering Divisions as well as external collaborators. It is expected that the incumbent will regularly document their results in reports, peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Essential Job Functions:

Take significant responsibility within the Accelerator Division for accelerator design and planning for the proposed Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), particularly beam dynamics calculations, beam transport and synchrotron design operating near the space charge limit.

  1. Collaborate in beam studies in Jefferson Lab accelerators such as CEBAF, including proposal and leadership of individual beam studies where appropriate.
  2. Develop, maintain, and update the impedance database for the EIC, and use this database in appropriate beam stability and feedback design studies.
  3. Participate in on-call optics support during CEBAF operations.
  4. Brief the relevant user community on CEBAF performance and present and planned capabilities and upgrades, and relevant EIC designs and calculations.
  5. Document and publish obtained results.

1       Education, Certifications and Experience:

a)     Ph.D. in accelerator physics or a closely related discipline, plus 5 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

 2       Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:  

a)     Demonstrated excellent communication and leadership skills and good judgment.

b)     Demonstrated record of contributions in beam dynamics of accelerators.

c)      Demonstrated proficiency in applying numerical techniques to particle accelerator dynamics studies.

d)     Demonstrated proficiency in working with relevant accelerator simulation codes such as MADX, ELEGANT, ASTRA, GPT, or Synergia.

e)     Prior experience in commissioning or operating a portion of an accelerator user facility, such as a beamline, injector, or main accelerator is strongly preferred. This includes functional knowledge of relevant accelerator systems, including RF, magnets and power supplies, beam diagnostics, control systems, etc.

f)       Previous experience with superconducting RF systems is preferred.

g)     Able to communicate clearly in writing (e.g. email, memos, explanations, drawings) and explain work to his/her supervisor and others in the group.

h)     Interacts well with work group.

i)       Can represent work associated with specific projects at professional meetings.


• 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 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.

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. Generally, such programs 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, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States.

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