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Job #: R-00019946-OTHLOC-PL-2D0820
Location: Fort Bliss, TX
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Top Secret/SCI
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Defense


Job Requisition:

Research Scientist

Job Description:

 Leidos is currently looking for a Research Scientist in Kirtland Air Force Base.

Provide engineering subject matter expertise in remote sensing for characterization of counter-WMD and improvised threat-related test events.  Plan weapons effects phenomenology and scaling effects for chemical and explosive testing on mid, large and full scale test plans and methodologies. Review technical activities including data collection, analysis, and provide a report supporting this testing. Assess new analytical instrumentation and technology including standoff detection and point sampling technologies. Provide analytical knowledge in collecting, detecting, and identifying chemical, biological or radiological components from air and other substrates to assist in collateral effects assessments.  Subject matter expertise shall include Spectroscopy, Chromatography, Radioanalysis and familiarity with LIDAR, hyperspectral imaging, and other electro-optical characterization tools and techniques. Provide expertise in change characterization techniques, such as coherent change detection and interferometry from electro-optical or synthetic aperture RADAR systems.  Develop test plans and methodologies to meet measurement objectives to support testing and provide post-test assessments to determine diagnostics and system performance, and how well diagnostics met test objectives.   

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinating with government customers on a routine basis to plan future tests and review test and program results
  • Researching new test equipment, sensors and procedures to enhance future testing
  • Planning, execution and integration of chemical-related tests into government test plans  
  • Interpreting test results
  • Communicating of test results in both oral and written formats.
  • Providing technical oversight and guidance to a test team.

Basic Qualifications

  • Requires BS degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or related field and 12 – 15 years of experience or related field or Masters in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or related field with 10 – 13 years of prior relevant experience. 
  • Three years of test experience with knowledge of government test procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a test team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of tools
  • Ability to work as an individual and in a team environment.
  • Top Secret/ Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)  level clearance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Project Management Professional
  • PhD (Ph.D. or D.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, Physics, Engineering or related field
  • Knowledge of Countering WMD chemical threats or CBRN threats
  • Experience in modeling and simulation of Countering WMD/CBRN threats

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:

Top Secret/SCI


Yes, 10% of the time

Scheduled Weekly Hours:




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Job Family:

Research Scientist




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 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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