Explosives Forensic Chemist

Location: Atlanta, GA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Clearance: SECRET

Full time position at Ft. Gillem, GA. Must be able to deploy at times to forensics facilities outside of the United States. There is a pay differential associated with deployment.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree coupled with 4+ years’ experience
  • Proficiency working with chemistry analytical methodologies Gas Chromatography (GC) and/or Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy.
  • Must have experience performing analysis on explosives.
  • Must be able to successfully pass all medical requirements for deployment.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a skills assessment.
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret security clearance.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Perform examinations to identify if substances are drug, explosive, or other. To include weigh, sample, and analyze the substance to determine a substance origin.
  • Utilize the following instrumentation:
  • Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy
  • Liquid Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry / Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)
  • X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)
  • X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS)
  • Polarized Light Microscope (PLM)
  • Ion Chromatography (IC)
  • Compare sample results to a library of known results for the specific instrumentation and chemical being tested.
  • Use photographic equipment to capture still images of each evidence item and relevant key portions of the evidence item, or other exhibits, to support further analysis, conclusions, and documentation.
  • Document examination results/findings in the WEAT database.
  • Annotate the case file documentation, detailing the processing techniques and the examination results.
  • Perform administrative and/or technical reviews of reports and worksheets.
  • Ensure a proper chain of custody for all evidence is maintained.
  • Maintain a clean laboratory and personal workspace environment, in accordance with local laboratory procedures
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