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SIMETRI Inc. is currently looking for a Senior Scientist III in Chemistry who is passionate, hardworking, and will work with the Environmental Chemistry Branch, Environmental Processes and Engineering Division at the Environmental Laboratory, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center. The candidate will execute the research, development, and evaluation tasks including fabrication and instrumentation of test articles; coordination and conduct of major field investigations; theoretical studies; and laboratory experimental work and computational modeling. They will provide scientific and technical guidance and coordination among contractors and communicates scientific and technical information through oral briefings and written documents. Has the ability to supervise associate contractors and works beside them in their daily operations and research in analytical chemistry, material chemistry, and computational chemistry. The ideal candidate is familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures and relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Conducts analytical chemistry research on contaminants and other materiel in a variety of matrices including water, soils, sediments, solids, liquids, and tissues.  Have the ability to extract samples and analyze, collect and report data and provide all sample custodian tasks and maintain laboratory equipment.
  2. Conducts Routine inorganic and organic analyses such as Metals extractions, digestions, TS/TSS/Turbidity, P-FAS/P-FOS, (Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), Organochlorine and Organophosphorous Pesticides and Lipids) and complex analytes (such as Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB Arochlors and Congeners) requiring a typical 30 day turnaround time (90 days for congeners) utilizing standard methods.
  3. Performs matrix clean-up and interference reduction procedures to reach project specific reporting limits including the below procedures:
    1. Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)
    2. Fluorosil and Silica Gel clean-up columns
    3. Sulfur removal via mercury or TBA methods
    4. Acid treatment
    5. Dilution should only be used as an interference reduction technique as a method of last resort after approval from the project manager or team leader. Dilution is generally only used for analytes that are above the analytical calibration range.
  4. Analyzes, collect, and report instrument data for routine and complex organic analyses; troubleshoot, calibrate, and maintain instruments.
  5. Has previous experience using lab instrumentation such as: GC-MS, LC MS, Fluorescence, Ion Chromatography (IC), colorimetry, nephelometry, potentiometry, High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Gas chromatography  (GC), Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICPAES), and  Inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICPMS) to extract and analyze environmentally relevant contaminants, elements, and compounds from a variety of matrices.
  6. Experience following EPA SW-846 guidelines, modifications of EPA guidelines, and the ability to follow project-specific Sampling and Analysis Plans (SAP) and Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP) for all analyses including appropriate QA/QC and analyte reporting limits.
  7. Experience performing basic and routine calibration, cleaning and maintenance, replacement of consumables, and troubleshooting of scientific instruments as well as the recording of information about calibration, maintenance, and troubleshooting in an instrument logbook.
  8. Experience Developing, modifying, applying, and executing analytical chemistry research and apply modified methods to organic projects; develop, define, and document methodology for analysis of emerging contaminants and in complex matrices; and collect and analyze data from instrumentation and perform routine equipment maintenance.
  9. Conduct analytical chemistry research, including method modifications, on contaminants, compounds, and other materials related to the USACE mission delivered in a variety of matrices, including water, soils, sediments, solids, liquids, and tissues.
  10. Develop, define, and document new or modified analytical methods for determining the concentration and types of emerging contaminants (EC) and/or other analytes at different concentration limits in a range of matrix types, including water, sediment, soil, and tissue. The methods development should include an application for laboratory instruments or rapid field screening techniques and include all relevant QC and documentation. The analysis methods used must meet the needs of the customers and stakeholders in terms of detection limit, time for analysis (generally 30-90 days), resources and instrumentation needed, and validation required. All regulatory requirements must be met. Analyses for a variety of emerging contaminants will be performed as needed.

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The position may require U.S. Government-issued Security Clearance. E-Verify screening is required. This position requires a favorable FBI fingerprint check and a successful National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).

Education/Experience:

Requires a Ph.D. in Chemistry, with 2-5 years of experience in the field or related area.

Language Ability:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write technical reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Math Ability:

Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, and analysis.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Word; Adobe Acrobat; Notepad; WordPad; Microsoft Excel; and current Microsoft Windows operating systems; as well as the ability to use Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Able to navigate the internet.

Special Skills:

Excellent teamwork and solution-oriented communication style.

Wide range of creativity and flexibility.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Most of the duties and responsibilities will occur in a chemistry lab.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be working with military-relevant contaminants, elements, and compounds. Overtime may be required.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, or crouch.

Compensation:

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience, expertise, education, and potential. We offer our employees competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.

 

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