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Accelerate your career with a new role at the nation's newest national laboratory. Here you can be part of a team exploring the building blocks of matter and lay the ground work for scientific discoveries that will reshape our understanding of the atomic nucleus. Join a community with a common purpose of solving the most challenging scientific and engineering problems of our time.


Title Job ID Category Date Posted
Accounts Payable Assistant 13397 Accounting
RadCon Manager 13337 Environmental Safety
Mechanical Engineer III 13140 Engineering
Project Services and Support Office Manager 13330 Management
Magnet Group Mechanical/Electrical Designer 13388 Misc./Trades
Storage Solutions Architect 13238 Computer
Project Controls Analyst 13302 Clerical/Admin
Vacuum Engineer 13396 Engineering
ES&H Inspection Program Lead 13323 Environmental Safety
Scientific Data and Computing Department Head 13383 Computer
Business IT Portfolio Manager 13374 Computer
Software Administrator - Facilities Management/Integration 13395 Computer
Communications Office Student Intern 13310 Public Relations
Lead Magnet Engineer 13366 Engineering
HPDF Project Director 13373 Computer
Electrical Engineer (Sustainability) 13364 Engineering
Multimedia Intern 13215 Public Relations
Hall A Technologist/Design Drafter 13285 Engineering
High Throughput Computing (HTC) Hardware Engineer 13197 Computer
Master HVAC Technician 13367 Misc./Trades
Hall D Electronics Technician 13334 Misc./Trades
Data Center Operations Manager 13327 Engineering
DC Power Systems Electrical Engineer 13371 Engineering
MPGD Development Physicist 13381 Science
SRF Accelerator Physicist 13359 Science
Data Scientist Postdoc 13342 Science
IT Project Manager 13340 Clerical/Admin
Geant4 Developer 13214 Computer
DC Power Group Leader 13380 Engineering
ES&H Department Head 13338 Engineering
SRF Production Chemistry Supervisor 13386 Technology
Survey and Alignment Technician (Metrology) 13385 Misc./Trades
Magnet Group Staff Engineer 13370 Engineering
Deputy CNI Manager 13378 Computer
Finance Business Manager 13365 Accounting
CIS Postdoctoral Fellow 13102 Science

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.

Welcome from Stuart Henderson, Lab Director
Why choose Jefferson Lab
    Middle School Science Bowl competitors huddle together to brainstorm the answer.
    Local teachers share ideas for a classroom activity with other teachers during Teacher Night.
    Two young learners hold up a model of the atom during Deaf Science Camp.
    Staff Scientist Douglas Higinbotham snaps a selfie with some of the postdoc students he is mentoring.

At Jefferson Lab we believe in giving back to our community and encouraging the next generation of scientists and engineers. Our staff reaches out to students to advance awareness and appreciation of the range of research carried out within the DOE national laboratory system, to increase interest in STEM careers for women and minorities, and to encourage everyone to become a part of the next-generation STEM workforce. We are recognized for our innovative programs like:

  • 1,500 students from 15 Title I schools engage in the Becoming Enthusiastic About Math and Science (BEAMS) program at the lab each school year.

  • 60 teachers are enrolled in the Jefferson Science Associates Activities for Teachers (JSAT) program at the lab inspiring 9,000 students annually.

  • 24 high school students have internships and 34 college students have mentorships at the lab.


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Meet our people
  • Ryan Wood – Senior Human Resources Manager

    Veteran human resources manager, party emcee overseeing the newly formed Human Resources Division Partner (HRDP) group, Immigration and HR Outreach

    Senior Human Resources Manager and weekend party DJ Ryan Wood is eager to beat the drums about what he thinks is Jefferson Lab’s most prized commodity: its people.

    Our employees are the key to what the lab is doing,” Wood unequivocally states. “We have a staff of approximately 920 employees. We also provide support, as-needed, to our foreign national user community. 

    Wood says he began his search for the perfect people-focused career while still a teenager.

    “I knew early in high school that I had to do something where I work with people,” he explains.

    Wood learned about the human resources field as a student at Old Dominion University and began his career as an entry-level recruiter for a privately owned, European-based company. 

    “I enjoy people and learning about their backgrounds and culture,” he says. “I also wanted to continue to grow in my career and felt that I needed a fresh challenge in order to do that.”

    Thus, after spending 20 years rising through the ranks in private industry, Wood joined the lab in August 2023 to support the lab-wide human resources restructuring initiative.

    With growth comes change

    “Previously, the lab’s human resources team included recruiters focused strictly on talent acquisition and generalists who were focused on employee relations,” Wood explains. “Now we have division partners—or HRDPs—and I’m part of this group.”

    Wood’s position—senior human resources manager—is also one of a cadre of new positions on the lab’s approximately 30-person human resources and science education department.

    In addition to the HRDP roles created with our new structure, my team also includes a recruiting coordinator, an outreach specialist, and an immigration administrator who supports international scientists,” he says of the growing group.

    “Human resources can provide support that encompasses benefits, compensation, DEIA, science education, learning & development, compliance, human resources information systems, etc.,” Wood says. “For me, I’m focused on talent acquisition, strengthening the employee relations connections, creating stronger partnerships with line management and staff to support staffing plans as well as identifying ways to connect the lab’s mission to our people. Another initiative is for me and the team to be more visible around the campus and get to learn more about the great people that work in various positions across the lab and how we can come together to make the lab an even better place to work.  Within these pillars, I provide our team with support, guidance and counseling.

    Currently, the big focus remains on acquiring talent—especially for positions related to science and technology: engineers, physicists, computer scientists and computer engineers. We maintain about 60 to 70 openings at any time, and growth is expected with the new high-performance data center facility.”

    Good-times coordinator

    When he is not providing support at the lab, Wood maintains an active social life and takes regular camping trips with his wife of 19 years and their two children—a teen daughter and soon-to-be-teen son.

    “I like to travel, but I’m 6-feet, five-inches tall, so I have to consider my comfort,” he laughs. “As a family, we go on five-to-seven camping trips a year. My wife and I started with tent camping soon after being married and continued when the kids were little. Then our camping supplies kept growing, so we bought a pop-up camper about six years ago. We liked that until it got tight for space and we upgraded a travel trailer. With the kids growing, we upgraded again and got a 28-foot, pull-behind camper, and we love to take that to near the Blue Ridge Mountains and down to Hatteras.”

    As Wood acknowledges, with growth comes change.

    “I also love sports,” Wood says, citing golf as one of his biggest hobbies for which he earns his greens fees spending allowance by working a handful of times a year as DJ RU—the game-loving, crowd-energizing party emcee.

    “I’ve always loved music, so being a DJ is more of a fun hobby to get golf money and stay in good graces with my banker at home,” Wood laughs. “But working with people and continuing my career in Human Resources remains my passion.”

    Wood loves being with his family and also makes time each week to focus on his friendship with his wife, who he describes as having an identical Meyers-Briggs personality categorization, except for being on the opposite end of the introvert-extrovert spectrum.

    “My wife and I have gotten into bowling,” Wood shares. “I’m not great, but we’re on a team with two other couples that we are friends with in a social networking league. We are known as the fun team that everyone likes to play. Our team name is The Britney Spares and we laugh and always have just great time.”

    “I like to stay busy,” Wood says. “My wife always says that there’s very rarely a place we go where I don’t know someone. With my family, it often happens that we will find people we just met and we will become fast friends.”

    By Carrie Rogers 

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The Jefferson Lab campus is located in southeastern Virginia amidst a vibrant and growing technology community with deep historical roots that date back to the founding of our nation. Staff members can live on or near the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay region or find peace in the deeply wooded coastal plain. You will have easy access to nearby beaches, mountains, and all major metropolitan centers along the United States east coast.

To learn more about the region and its museums, wineries, parks, zoos and more, visit the Virginia tourism page, Virginia is for Lovers

To learn more about life at Jefferson Lab, click here.


We support our inventors! The lab provides resources to employees for the development of patented technology -- with over 180 awarded to date! Those looking to obtain patent coverage for their newly developed technologies and inventions while working at the lab are supported and mentored by technology experts, from its discovery to its applied commercialization, including opportunities for monetary awards and royalty sharing. Learn more about our patents and technologies here.

  • Jianwei Qiu
    Jianwei Qiu
    Associate Director For Theoretical And Computational Physics

    "My own research enables me to better lead the Theory Center, to lead our collaboration, to provide good guidance to our junior researchers on the team, and to provide valuable input to the advisory and review committees that I serve"

  • Welding Program Manager
    Jenord Alston
    Welding Program Manager

    "Everybody in the chain is working towards the same goal: to ensure that everything is built safe and to the code specifications"

  • Katherine Wilson
    Katherine Wilson
    Staff Engineer

    “Generally, the mechanical engineers at the lab support the physicists. The physicists have the big ideas about how to support new science, and the engineers figure out how to make that happen.”

  • Jian-Ping Chen
    Jian-Ping Chen
    Senior Staff Scientist

    “Every time we solve problems, we contribute. It’s exciting times for new results and discoveries.”

  • Ron Lassiter
    Ron Lassiter
    Mechanical Designer

    “Here at the lab you get to see what you’ve worked on. You can hold it in your hands. It’s rewarding to know that you’ve played a part in helping the machine to be successful.”

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Jefferson Science Associates/Jefferson Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action 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.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to recruiting or call (757) 269-7100 between 8 am – 5 pm EST to provide the nature of your request.

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JSA/Jefferson Lab values the skills, experience and expertise veterans can offer due to the myriad of experiences, skill sets and knowledge service members achieve during their years of service. The organization is committed to recruiting, hiring, training and retaining veterans, and its ongoing efforts has earned JSA/Jefferson Lab the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) certification, awarded by the Commonwealth of Virginia.