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Job #: R-00028839
Location: Gunpowder, MD
Category: Chemist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

Work in a team environment in providing basic and applied research efforts for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Chemical Biological Center (CCDC CBC), Chemical Sciences Division.  Research efforts are targeted in areas of chemical and biological defense and projects are focused in areas of warfighter protection and enhancing national defense capability.  Research efforts require the synthesis of chemical compounds to include chemical warfare agents (CWAs) and their pre-cursors and degradation products.  Efforts include product characterization and trace –level analytical detection.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Performs chemical synthesis activities in accordance with CCDC CBC defined procedures and protocols.  For new techniques and/or synthesis of select agents, work with a team of researchers to design synthesis strategies.
  • Works under the direct supervision of first-line supervisor.
  • Performs analyses and characterization via an array of instrumentation to include Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and GC-Mass Selective Detection.
  • Identifies bulk and trace level reaction intermediates and products
  • Works in a team environment  and contribute to technical research reports
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry with 2+ years relative work experience in chemical synthesis
  • Demonstrated experience in NMR and GC-MS.
  • Demonstrated experience in chemical synthesis and product characterization
  • Must be able to obtain Secret Clearance (US Citizenship required)
  • Must be able to meet qualifications for enrollment into the U.S. Army’s Chemical Personnel Reliability Program (C-PRP)
  • Strong communication skills and research writing skills
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment, to include an air purifying respirator.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in method optimization of historically low-yield synthesis mechanisms
  • Previous experience in working with chemical warfare agents and/or other toxic industrial chemicals / materials.
  • Method development and method optimization
  • Current DoD Secret Clearance

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