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Job #: R-00102375
Location: Aberdeen, MD
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $3,000
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

Leidos Defense Group is seeking a Research Scientist to assist the Combat Capabilities Development Command-Chemical Biological Center- Protection and Decontamination Division (DEVCOM CBC) team. This scientist will support research efforts for the development, test, and evaluation of novel military specific chemical and biological products.  Located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Edgewood Area, research will support development, test and evaluation of novel materials, equipment, and method applications for chemical and biological protection of the U.S. warfighter. Specific efforts will include development of catalytic materials for individual and collective protection against chemical warfare agents and other toxic industrial chemicals.  Efforts will include synthesis of nanoporous materials and other novel materials as well as development and characterization of new polymer materials.  Additional responsibilities will include assisting the U.S. Army in research proposal writing to secure future project funding.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Function as a team member with other engineers, chemist and scientists in synthesizing and testing novel materials such as mesoporous metal oxides (MMOs), metal organic frameworks (MOFs), and new polymers

  • Operates and maintains analytical test equipment to include, but not limited to, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), small angle X-ray diffraction (SAXS), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and scanning electron microscope (SEM)

  • Supports diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) analyses

  • Performs work in accordance published processes and procedures with an emphasis on safety

  • Generates test data and contributes to technical report development

  • Supports customer in research proposal writing

  • Prepares presentations, posters, and technical briefs for various technical communities

  • Contributes to generating various scientific technical information (STI)

  • Performs other duties assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Advanced Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related field with 1-2 years’ experience in applying research methodologies for developing innovative materials.

  • US Citizen; currently possessing DoD “Secret” Clearance

  • Demonstrated experience in nanoporous material development and testing

  • Demonstrated experience in operating and maintaining analytical equipment such as XRD, SAXS, TEM, and SEM.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in analyzing and reporting analytical data

  • Strong communication and writing skills

  • Ability to work independently with minimal oversight

  • Ability to wear laboratory personal protective equipment

  • Ability to enter the U.S. Army Chemical Personnel Reliability Program (C-PRP)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Published reports related to development and testing of sorbent materials

  • Experience in working with chemical warfare agents, simulants, toxic industrial materials, and/or toxic industrial chemicals

  • Experience in proposal and grant writing.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $63,050.00 - $97,000.00 - $130,950.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® innovation company rapidly addressing the world’s most vexing challenges in national security and health. The company's global workforce of 47,000 collaborates to create smarter technology solutions for customers in heavily regulated industries. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $15.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2023.  For more information, visit

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