Chemist in Huntsville, AL at PAE

Date Posted: 11/30/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    11/30/2019

Job Description

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Chemist

PAE NSS is actively seeking an Explosives Research Chemist (ERC) to support active contracts in Huntsville, AL.  The position may require CONUS and OCONUS travel.

Description:

Explosives Research Chemist (ERC) collects and analyzes data using a variety of analytical and physical testing instruments. Composes and reviews hazard analyses, technical reports, and standard operating procedures. The ERC composes, reviews, and executes test plans. ERC must be follow stringent procedures, solve typical operating problems, and make usual adjustments required for a variety of frequently repeated testing assignments. ERC will use knowledge of hazardous materials and explosives to prepare test items. ERC must understand the hazards involved in handling and processing a variety of materials. ERC conducts mixing and synthesis operations involving homemade explosives. ERC will frequently handle, move, and lift test items or testing devices. The ERC interfaces with engineering, safety, regulatory, and law enforcement staff to provide analytical data and technical input in support of the development or improvement of laboratory, test, and classification processes. The ERC conducts literature reviews, analyses, and composes reports to support the classification of explosives.

The ERC performs explosive testing including but not limited to: BAM and/or ABL Friction Tests, Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Testing, and Impact Test. The ERC performs in other associated functional areas including burn time, delay time, thermal stability, UN Gap Test, Vented Pipe Test, etc.  The ERC must be follow stringent procedures, solve typical operating problems, and make usual adjustments required for a variety of frequently repeated testing assignments. The ERC will use knowledge of explosives to prepare test items, for example, using laboratory scales and calibrated presses to prepare samples of explosive to exact weight and density. The ERC must understand the hazards involved in handling and processing explosives. The ERC will frequently lift test items or testing devices. The work requires long periods of standing and walking. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors. The ERC will be subject to noise and fumes from test operations and are exposed to the possibility of explosion or burning of items which are experimental, defective, or operating at the limits of their capability. The ERC will wear protective clothing such as electrostatic discharge clothing and shoes or other safety equipment as required.  The ERC educational background is secondary to experience in explosive classification/safety testing, specifically in friction, electrostatic, and impact testing of explosives. 

It is recognized that some candidates may not have all the necessary experience being sought. Selected candidates will receive extensive training associated with testing processes. Selected candidates will be required to demonstrate proper level of knowledge, safety and understanding of explosives, the precursors and the testing processes prior to participation in testing activity.

Explosives Research Chemist Minimum Qualifications (Junior):

  • Must not be prohibited from possessing and transferring explosive materials as defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1102, Chapter 40
  • Demonstrated performance in assignments that require high attention to detail
  • Demonstrated performance in assignments requiring adherence to strict operating procedures and professional integrity
  • Microsoft Office Suite qualifications
  • Strong research, verbal and written communications skills
  • A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or chemistry related field of study from an accredited university
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Eligible for both US Tourist Passport and US Official Passport
  • Able to obtain a Secret government clearance*

Explosives Research Chemist Desired Qualifications (Senior):

  • Experience mixing and synthesizing explosives mixtures
  • Experience in collecting and analyzing data using a variety of laboratory instruments including, but not limited to: Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Particle Size Analyzer, Bomb Calorimeter, Raman Spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Advanced Reactive System Screening Tool (ARSST), gas chromatography (GC), liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry detection (LCMS), and ion chromatography (IC)
  • Direct experience in conducting any or all of the following tests: BAM and/or ABL Friction Tests, Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Testing, and Impact Test
  • Experience in the maintenance, calibration and service of analytical laboratory instruments
  • A Master’s degree in chemistry from an accredited university

Disclaimer:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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