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Job #: R-00060474
Location: Tewksbury, MA
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Job Summary:

Chemist/Scientist/physicist to design innovative analytical field instruments which will be used to support applications for trace explosives and narcotics detection. The candidate should have a minimum B.S / M.S. degree in analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, or other related fields, and with a strong experience on analytical instruments such as mass spectrometers, ion mobility spectrometry. The candidate will work closely with different discipline such as software and hardware development group to develop next generation trace detection products.

Primary Responsibilities and Objectives:

  • Work directly with technical teams advising them on instrumentation design and usability;
  • Support product development by conducting tests as necessary for critical decision points;
  • Able to initiate and execute on scientific research with an emphasis on developing and improving detection technology, such as ionization, IMS drift tube design, Mass Spectrometry, …
  • Write test protocols and conduct validation testing;
  • Experience in IMS and MS theory and applications preferred;
  • Excellent documentation and communication skills are required;
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks and projects;
  • Conduct and coordinate in-house test and evaluation of IMS instruments;
  • Provide onsite or offsite testing on IMS equipment;
  • Perform in-house or customer site applications experiments with IMS instruments;           
  • Monitor and support IMS and MS instruments throughout their testing and validation phase performed by various independent government agencies;
  • Make presentations or write technical papers on IMS instruments, techniques, and applications during conferences and symposia;
  • This job description does not cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities, other tasks will be assigned as necessary.

Required Education and/or Experience:

  • B.S./ M.S.  degree in Chemistry is required,
  • One to Five years’ experience in applications and/or development in analytical instrumentations.

Other Essential Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent teamwork ethic;
  • Strong problem solving and creative skills;
  • Must be a team player with good people and leadership skills and ability to mentor;
  • Good organizational skills being able to multitask on multiple development projects;
  • Proficient with Windows applications Win XP Pro;
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Project, and PowerPoint.

Working Conditions:

  • Office environment;
  • Manufacturing environment;
  • Team environment.


  • 15 to 25 %

External Referral Bonus:


External Referral Bonus $:

Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 25% of the time

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Job Family:

Research Scientist

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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 40,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021. For more information, visit

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