Job ID #:
12063 Location: Newport News, VA
Engineering Division: Engineering Division
Regular Education Required: Bachelors Degree
1+ year Relocation Provided: Yes
MARCH 2, 2020
$63,700 - $100,700 (SE I)
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The Electrical Engineering department is currently seeking a Power Engineer to work in the RF group.
The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) is seeking an electrical engineer for a position in the Electrical Engineering group. The group is responsible for the design and development of accelerator RF & DC power systems, instrumentation and controls that includes RF power technology, analog and digital electronics, and microwave structures for electron beam acceleration and diagnostics. Incumbent will assist in the design, development, documentation, implementation and maintenance of various subsystems of the RF system.
The candidate will work on a variety of current and future projects. Reporting to the RF group leader, the candidate will be tasked with operational aspects of high power RF systems including power supplies/high voltage used in the existing CEBAF accelerator, as well as working on new system designs. Designs may include RF power electronics, high voltage power supplies, and analog/digital systems. Person will work with accelerator physicists and engineers on performance improvements to the CEBAF accelerator and other projects at Jefferson Lab.
Essential Job Functions
Design electrical circuits in support of the RF systems.
Perform analytical calculations and report writing.
Make field measurements on RF systems and high voltage power supplies using electronic test equipment.
Perform trouble shooting and maintenance activities on existing RF systems and high voltage power supplies. Some on-call work should be expected during our 24/7 accelerator run periods.
Use software tools (including modeling programs) to complete designs.
Contribute to the design of new high voltage power supplies for the RF systems.
Design new RF power system controls and instrumentation (using FPGAs and PLCs).
Must have good organizational, decision-making and problems solving skills
Must have good communication skills both verbal and written.
Ability to maintain composure, think clearly, and perform well under pressure when working to strict time lines.
Demonstrate ability to organize and prioritize tasks.
The successful candidate will be part of a technical staff supporting various power sources and RF systems including RF power amplifiers such as klystrons, IOTs, and solid state technologies.
a) BS/MS/PhD degree in Electrical Engineering or related discipline and 0-3 years of experience.
b) Incumbent must have a thorough background in analog electronics and have course work/experience in one of the following areas, high voltage systems, AC to DC electrical power conversion, pulsed power systems, or plasma physics.
c) Experience with or knowledge of digital design (FPGA), and or RF/Microwave electronics would be helpful.
d) Experience with engineering CAD/software packages such as Mentor Graphics, Altium, and or other engineering model/simulation programs (Matlab, Multisim etc.) is preferred.
e) The applicant must have good team and communication skills and be able to work in multidisciplinary groups (engineers, technicians, programmers, and physicists) to solve technical problems. Strong background in applied physics and a curious mind highly desired.
f) The applicant should have high initiative and be a “self-starter”.
g) The position is “highly hands on” and will require the individual to spend approximately 50% of his/her time in the laboratory and 50% at his/her desk/computer.
h) The ability to apply critical thinking, operational principles, and knowledge of electronic and electrical theory to accomplish engineering design tasks is required.
- 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.
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.