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Job #: R-00102557
Location: Morgantown, WV
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 25%
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Looking for an opportunity to make an impact?

We are seeking an Organic/Polymer Chemist to join our team in Morgantown, WV.  The position will allow for a hybrid of onsite and remote (up to 20% remote on average) research and development support for the NETL R&D facility in Morgantown, WV. This work will involve a multi-disciplinary, scientific, and technically-oriented national laboratory team, participation alongside other data scientists, engineers, geologists, and computer scientists that produces technological solutions for America’s energy challenges. From developing creative innovations and efficient energy systems, to advancing technologies that enhance oil and natural gas extraction and transmission processes, NETL research is providing breakthroughs and discoveries that support home-grown energy initiatives, stimulate a growing economy, and improve the health, safety, and security of all Americans. Highly skilled women and men at NETL’s three research sites – Albany, Oregon; Morgantown, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – conduct a broad range of research activities that support DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.

The Organic/Polymer Chemist will work with a distributed, multidisciplinary team working on the cutting edge of innovative and beneficial research to the community. This work specifically supports heterogeneous catalysis with expertise in mixed metal oxide chemistry and polymers – particularly in the specialized research and development of these materials for hydrocarbon conversion reactions. Expertise is also desired in the areas of materials synthesis, characterization, specifically RAMAN (also XRD, XPS, SEM, TEM, FTIR, etc.), as well as testing and data analyses. The candidate must possess knowledge of polymer materials and practical experience with state-of-the-art mixed metal oxide catalyst fabrication, characterization, and reaction engineering. Knowledge and hands-on experience are required in the understanding of the structure and behavior of these materials in different gaseous and reaction environments.  The researcher will conduct research closely with the team as well as other researchers at NETL for the development of mixed metal oxide catalysts for the conversion of different hydrocarbon fuels into products (e.g. syngas).  A strong publication record is expected.


If this sounds like the kind of environment where you can thrive, keep reading!

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Help manage research and development projects, including experimental design, problem solving, product characterization, data summary and interpretation, report writing, and presentations.
  • Work on synthesis, conversion, and characterization of polymers to virgin monomers and other chemicals and fuels; explore mechanisms of polymer degradation and identify new technologies for polymer conversion.
  • Develop novel catalyst systems for energy conversion projects including waste polymer conversion, ammonia synthesis, hydrogenation, methane/syngas conversion, biomass conversion, etc.
  • Conduct data analyses and characterization utilizing RAMAN, XRD, ICP-OES, GC, GPC, UV-Vis Spectrophotometer FTIR, NMR (data analysis), and others.
  • Participate and consult with the internal and external scientific community to maintain a state-of-the-art knowledge to successfully conduct experiments and projects.
  • Generate test plans for catalyst tests and work closely with lab operators.
  • Present ideas and results to the research team and contribute to future research planning and assist with proposals. Assist or lead efforts in writing research papers and create conference presentations.
  • Work independently and collaboratively with members of the research team to meet milestones and deliverables.

Required Education & Experience:

  • PhD in chemistry, material science, or engineering from an accredited university with 2+ years of experience in experimental laboratory operations and analyses in a structured laboratory environment
  • Possess extensive knowledge of the fundamental principles, theories, practices, and established methodology of engineering, chemistry, physics, and mathematics
  • Possess knowledge of and practical experience with catalyst development for conversion of polymer/biomass to value added products with a deep understanding of polymer chemistry
  • In-depth experience with product characterization and data interpretation
  • Self-driven, proactive and possess excellent communication skills
  • Must be able to meet the requirements for gaining access to work on the NETL campus

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with microwave reactors
  • Experience in working in a national laboratory environment where safety procedures and processes must be followed
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work effectively as a part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment and interact with people with a variety of expertise

Come join the Leidos Research Support Team supporting the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), where you’ll be able to work side by side conducting research with world-class scientists and engineers using state of the art equipment to contribute to new areas of basic and applied research; discover, integrate, and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations. You will contribute to the development of patents, written reports, journal articles, and contribute to presentations on findings, highlights, and innovative solutions in DOE-sanctioned meetings, scientific conferences, and national committees. Explore the Research Support Services (RSS) contract for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) here -

Salary Range for this position: $95K to $110K

Pay Range:

Pay Range $78,000.00 - $120,000.00 - $162,000.00

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® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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