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Job #: R-00064094
Location: Gunpowder, MD
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2,000
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

The Leidos Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives  and Training (CBRNE&T) Portfolio has an opening for a talented Research Scientist to assist the Chemical Biological Center (CBC) – Chemical, Biological, Radiological (CBR) Filtration Branch in basic and applied research efforts using state of the art instrumentation.  Located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, our ideal candidate will support the research of novel materials, instrumentation, and method applications for chemical warfare agent (CWA) characterization and fate determination.

The Research Scientist will perform tests and experiments in support of principle investigators on multiple funded projects for various Government agencies.  Support involves working closely with other members of a multi-discipline team to plan, design, and conduct experiments using characterization and detection techniques. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Functions as a team member with chemists, engineers, biologists, and scientists by performing research with chemical and biological warfare material (CBWM) detection and characterization.

  • Operates and maintains instrumentation for material characterization.  Instrumentation and techniques may include X-ray Diffraction, (XRD) and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS).

  • Executes experiments revolving around the characterization of physical properties of various materials.

  • Synthesizes and develops nanomaterials

    Generates test data and contributes to technical report development.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

    • Active Interim Secret Clearance

    • Advanced Degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with 2-6 years of relevant prior experience

    • Demonstrated experience in areas of chemical warfare agent characterization, detection, and identification.

    • Expertise in X-ray Diffraction (XRD) characterization techniques.

    • Expertise in adsorption and characterization of porous materials.

    • Demonstrated experience in safety and handling of hazardous materials.

    • Demonstrated knowledge in analyzing and reporting analytical data

    • Strong communication and writing skills

    • Ability to work independently with minimal oversight

    • Ability to wear laboratory personal protective equipment to include air purifying respirator.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Broad proficiency in microscopy, chromatography, spectroscopy and other technologies relevant to chemical and biological defense.

    • Hands-on experience in working with Chemical and Biological Warfare Materials and other toxic chemicals.

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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, civil, and health markets. The company’s 43,000 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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