Signature Science, LLC
  • - VA-Charlottesville
  • Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Full Time

16-0623-01_CHO Analytical Chemist
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Vacancy: One
Education: Ph.D. in Chemistry or related field. M.S. plus 5 years of suitable experience is acceptable. B.S. plus 10 years of suitable experience.
Years of experience: 2-10+ years
Required Skills:
Candidates must have the following:

  • Hands-on experience operating and maintaining analytical equipment including gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and/or liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS), as well as spectroscopic instrumentation (e.g., FTIR, Raman, XRD, SEM, EDS)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with MS Office
  • Motivation to contribute in a team environment, collaborate across multiple scientific and technical disciplines, and enthusiasm for developing new skills
  • Attention to detail, and the ability to appropriately document work
  • The ability to direct others to accomplish project tasks, as needed
  • Flexibility to balance multiple on-going tasks while operating efficiently with minimal supervision

Desired Skills:
Candidates with the following additional qualifications will receive preference:

  • Proficiency in analytical method development and improvement
  • Experimental design, including development of statistically defensible test plans
  • Preparation and validation of standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Experience in any of the following: designing/modifying/building new scientific instrumentation and prototypes, instrument repair and maintenance, technical training, chemometrics, multivariate data analysis, predictive analytics, and/or data mining, as it related to chemical, biological, biochemical, or other scientific data, R or MATLAB scripting/programming, development of automated data processing and analysis tools (e.g. scripts), test and evaluation of chemical technologies.
  • Previous research and development experience related to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and/or explosive (CBRNE) threats
  • The ability to think creatively, demonstrate curiosity, and lead research teams

Primary Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will support Signature Science projects involving:

  • Research and development projects related to defense and national security
  • Directing or conducting sample analysis using various analytical chemistry techniques, developing test plans, and preparing scientific and technical reports and briefings
  • Directing certain research and development activities, and performing literature searches
  • Writing, reviewing, and commenting on plans and procedures; implementing a variety of complex analytical procedures; writing project documents with little to no supervision; meeting with and briefing customers and other relevant personnel on ongoing activities; and preparing and giving presentations at professional conferences and other meetings

This position may require irregular hours, to include work on weekends or after regular business hours. This position will require domestic travel.
Clearance Status:
This position requires that the candidate be willing and able to complete a successful background screening for a security clearance. Candidates with an active security clearance will receive preference.
Citizenship Status:
U.S. Citizenship required


An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disabled/Veteran
Committed to Diversity in the Workplace

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