Employment Opportunity

Senior Chemist

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Charlottesville, Virginia

Salary: Not stated

Final Filing Date: Continuous

To provide Chemists to operate, maintain and perform forensics analysis using applicable laboratory instrumentation, tools, and techniques on chemical and/or explosive materials of interest in CONUS and/or OCONUS locations.

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  • Define new methods to support expansion of laboratory capabilities and improve/solve existing method deficiencies.
  • Assist in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Review, evaluate, and analyze data from samples and provide database entry support
  • Perform equipment/instrument maintenance
  • Utilize, maintain, and troubleshoot 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)
  • 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 required Laboratory Information System(s) and databases
  • Annotate the file documentation, detailing the processing techniques and the examination results
  • Perform administrative and/or technical reviews of files, reports, data, etc.
  • Ensure a proper chain of custody for all evidence and samples is maintained
  • Maintain a clean laboratory and personal workspace environment, in accordance with laboratory procedures
  • Train junior personnel on equipment, instruments, methods, and procedures
  • Lead development and execution of test plans, validations, and method development


  • Bachelor’s degree in science (e.g., chemistry, biochemistry, clinical laboratory sciences, or forensics) coupled with 10 years directly relatable experience or a Master's degree in science (e.g., chemistry, biochemistry, clinical laboratory sciences, or forensics) coupled with 5 years of directly relatable experience
  • Five (5) 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 DoD Secret security clearance
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Eligible for both US Tourist Passport and US Official Passport
  • Professional certification such as American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) or American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Previous experience as a Chemist in an accredited forensic laboratory
  • An active DoD security clearance – Top Secret w/ SCI eligibility or TS/SCI
  • Deployed experience in an Analytical/Operational environment

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Posted: November 8, 2016

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