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Job #: R-00044734
Location: Abingdon, MD
Category: Chemist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

The Leidos Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Portfolio has a Research Chemist position available. The opportunity for the Research Chemist will provide technical support under the Leidos prime contract for delivering services and development efforts supporting the Combat, Capabilities and Development Command (DEVCOM) Chemical Biological Center. This position is located at Aberdeen Proving Ground – Edgewood Area, Maryland.

The Research Chemist will support Chemical Analysis Physical Properties (CAPP) Branch research in areas of materiel science, surface analysis, surface chemistry and imaging as they apply to chemical and biological defense and organic and inorganic aerosols. Research requires broad and extensive knowledge of material science and instrumentation (particularly electron microscopy, scanned probe microscopy and x-ray and ESCA spectroscopy) to conceive, develop, execute and publicize research that has application to smoke and obscuration, chemical and biological defense, protective coatings, and detection.

Primary Responsibilities

  • As a principal investigator, plans, directs and conducts experimental research toward understanding the nature and characteristics of aerosols and their interactions with electromagnetic radiation, and studies aimed at discovering new principles and phenomena on properties and synthesis of materials and nanostructures. The area of inquiry is extremely complex and guidelines applicable to the work contain extensive gaps requiring that the incumbent develop new frameworks of methodology.

  • Develops a basis for the experimentation and the methodology approach required to solve the problems presenting unprecedented or novel aspects.

  • Relies upon broad scientific background in materials science and instrumentation, creative insight and astute judgement to identify and delineate precisely the problem. Researches available relevant literature and forms a testable hypothesis before designing the critical experiments.

  • Develops theoretical frameworks; plans the details of the experiment, modifying, adapting and in many cases developing unique and novel approaches, techniques and methodology, conducts and/or directs the conduct of experiments; reviews, compiles, consolidates and reduces data, analyzes results, draws conclusions. Prepares technical reports of findings and presents results to academic institutions, industrial and/or government groups, and provides training.

  • Participates in meetings and conferences within the organization and with other organizations to devise coordinated, cooperative and concerted approaches and analysis of technical problems and reports technical status and progress. Maintains technical status and keeps abreast of relevant progress elsewhere to retain currency of technical capabilities.

Basic Qualifications

    • Master’s Degree with 0-2 years' experience

    • Ability to pay attention to detail

    • Ability to work with chemical surety materials

    • Ability to coordinate team activities and offer expertise for the resolution of issues

    • Experience with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint

    • Ability to obtain Secret Clearance.

    • Ability to travel 10 percent of the time.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Ph.D. in Chemistry (Analytical Chemistry, Nanoscience, or Materials)

    • Experience in working with other research scientist.

    • Experience in micro/nanoparticle synthesis techniques.

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    Yes, 10% of the time

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    About Leidos

    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 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

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