NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Hundreds of new jobs are coming to Hampton Roads. Anuclear physics research lab in Newport News will create a widerange of jobs over the next few years.
This all hinges on a one of a kind testing project that's underconstruction at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facilityon Jefferson Avenue.
Jefferson Lab Officials tell WAVY.com the new project willcreate hundreds of new jobs in the area over the course of themulti-year project. That includes a variety of constructionjobs that'll be created once they award a $10-million constructionbid next month. Eventually, 40-50 permanent jobs will be created atJefferson Lab by the time the project is completed in 2015.
The Jefferson Lab is a world-leading nuclear physics researchlaboratory tucked into the woods near the Oyster Point area ofNewport News. Deputy Project Manager Allison Lung explainedto WAVY.com the goal of the new, $310-million project.
That goal is to solve one of the greatest mysteries of modernphysics.
"The mystery of why one quark is never found alone," saysLung.
What's a quark you ask? Lung says a Quark is smaller thana proton and neutron and you can't see it with the naked eye, sothey need to magnify it. The new project helps scientists dothat.
First they inject electrons into an accelerator. It's alldone in an unground lab that sort of looks like a race-track. The project will double the current testing speed from 6GeV to12GeV which Lung says is nearly the speed of light.
This will help scientists figure out, "Those fundamentalproperties of why we all are here and the matter that we're madeof."
This research is huge not only for the future of science, butfor your life as well. One example of how past Jefferson Labexperiments help you?
"That exact technology is now being built into imaging camerasthat are being used at hospitals to do back up screening testingfor mammographies for example."
Now, simply the creation of this new 12 GeV project will helpyou by creating jobs. Officials are looking for skills acrossthe board, from secretary work to a PhD and more.
"This project will call on the technical strengths of the entirecommunity for sure. From electrical to mechanical, plumbing,cryogenics and so on," says Lung.
While the project is expected to bring about 400 new jobs to thearea, Jefferson Lab officials warn that those jobs will not becreated until the project gets underway. Additionally, the majorityof those jobs will be provided by contractors. The Jefferson Labwill possibly add another 40-50 people to its staff once theproject is up and running in 2015.
Click here tovisit Jefferson Lab's website.
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