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Job #: R-00000418
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Category: Chemist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Civil

Job Description:

No two career paths will ever look the same. At Leidos, we know the most talented and diverse IT and engineering professionals will always have a multitude of career choices; your time at Leidos will be a wise investment in your career and in yourself. We welcome your perspective and ideas, in order to foster collaboration and deliver world-class solutions. We look for solutions that not only transform businesses, but change the world.

Our Civil business is helping to modernize and manage infrastructure, systems and controls, and cybersecurity for civilian agencies and commercial clients around the globe. With core competencies in information technology, energy and environment, complex logistics, and specialized engineering, we solve technical challenges and implement newfound efficiencies on a number of programs!

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An experienced Ph.D. level scientist is sought for supporting Rare Earth Element research and development across multiple disciplines. (Characterization, Sample preparation, Separation)

Primary Responsibilities
  • Provide research expertise in novel methods of extraction of REE's from coal and coal byproduct materials. The support will include such methods as; chemical extraction, reactive grinding, and associated characterization. Familiarity with multiple methods is necessary for success.
  • Utilize solid: liquid and liquid: liquid extractions to recover rare earth elements from coal byproducts, with a goal of obtaining a high lanthanide concentrate.
  • Provide research expertise with a good understanding of sample preparation, separation, sensing, and characterization methods practiced or under development at NETL.
  • Responsible for generation of information about types and concentrations of REEs, their associations with mineral and other phases in the materials of interest, and their pertinent physical properties.
  • Responsible for their independent research effort and providing recommendation to the team for future project direction.
  • Responsible for the development and evaluation of lab-scale physical, mechanical, and chemical separation techniques to extract/concentrate REEs from coal and coal by-product materials.
  • An update will be due by the end of each month briefly describing the accomplishments from that month and the next month's forecast. Also, the applicant will include the relevant status of patents, publications or presentations. Reported information concerning publications and presentations shall include full title, author listing and journal or society name.
  • An update will be due by the end of the quarter briefly describing that quarter's accomplishments.
  • The candidate will participate in group meetings. Group meetings are designed to allow the applicant to discuss current research and promote discussion with fellow researchers. The manager will request the applicant to provide a PowerPoint presentation for group meetings. The frequency of these presentations is generally once every 6 months but can occur at a higher rate.
  • The candidate will also participate in sub-group meeting by presenting research plans and recent results in an informal, small group forum on a bi-weekly schedule.

Basic Qualifications
  • This position requires a M.S. degree in either Chemistry, Geology or Chemical Engineering with a focus in REE extraction chemistry.
  • Extensive chemical instrumentation background. (Inorganic and organic chemical characterization skills, such as: particle size analyzer, SEM, XRD, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, elemental analysis, and thermogravimetric analysis -TGA).
  • Extensive history of peer reviewed journal articles. (High impact value)
  • Good presentation record at national and international conferences.
  • At least 5 years of experience in the field of Rare Earth Metal Extraction
  • This position will require extensive interface with customers and potential collaborative partners, so excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. The complexity of information to be managed will require excellent organization skills and an attention to detail.
  • The candidate should have some leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Preferably, the prospective employee would be familiar with working in a GOGO (Government Owned Government Operated) national laboratory environment.

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 31,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.17 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2017. (NYSE: LDOS) All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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