Associate Chemist - Laboratory Analyst

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Chimera is seeking an Associate Chemist based in Charlottesville, VA. May be required to travel OCONUS (as needed).

Job Description
Duties may be executed in a CONUS or OCONUS laboratory and include but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing samples that have been collected.
  • Defining new methods to support expansion of laboratory capabilities and improve/solve existing method deficiencies.
  • Assisting in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Reviewing, evaluating, and analyzing data from samples and provide database entry support.
  • Performing equipment/instrument maintenance.
  • Utilizing, maintaining, and troubleshooting instrumentation such as the following:
    • 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)
  • Comparing sample results to a library of known results for the specific instrumentation and chemical being tested.
  • Using 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.
  • Documenting examination results/findings in the required Laboratory Information System(s) and databases.
  • Annotating the file documentation, detailing the processing techniques and the examination results.
  • Performing administrative and/or technical reviews of files, reports, data, etc.
  • Ensuring a proper chain of custody for all evidence and samples is maintained.
  • Maintaining a clean laboratory and personal workspace environment, in accordance with laboratory procedures.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (e.g., Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensics) OR 5 years directly relatable experience.
  • 1 year of experience working in the Intelligence Community (IC) environment.
  • Proficiency working with chemistry analytical methodologies such as Gas Chromatography (GC) and/or Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy.
  • Must possess, at a minimum, intermediate computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project and Outlook.
  • Must be able to successfully pass all medical requirements for deployment, as needed
  • Must be able to successfully pass a skills assessment
  • Currently have an active or interim DoD Secret security clearance
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Eligible for both US Tourist Passport and US Official Passport

Desired Qualifications:

  • Deployed experience in Analytical/Operational environment
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