PAE, Inc Chemist in Huntsville, Alabama

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PAE is actively seeking Chemists to support course engagements in Huntsville, AL. The position may require CONUS and OCONUS travel.

Description/Desired Qualifications:

The chemist supports the delivery of Homemade Explosives (HME) training course by preparing practical exercise scenarios, preparing materials used in the explosives demonstrations, preparing and conducting classroom exercises/demonstrations and laboratory maintenance and clean up.

The chemist will be required to prepare fuels, oxidizers and other chemical materials used in all aspects of the HME class. This consists of grinding materials, weighing materials, packaging materials and configuring scenarios with proper chemical materials. Chemists might also be asked to assist in mixing of fuels and oxidizers if proper understanding and competencies are exhibited in explosives.

The chemist will be required to teach specific blocks of instructions. The following is a list of several blocks of instructions that the chemists will be required to teach:

Chemical Instrument Training lecture. The proper use, maintenance, calibration and operation of the Thermo Fisher Trudefender RMX, Firstdefender FTX and Gemini. The chemist will also provide instrument support to the students during scenarios.

Drug and Explosives Lab lecture. Chemical precursor overlap between a drug laboratory and an explosives laboratory.

HME Training Laboratory demonstrations. Chemical precursor and explosive synthesis processes will be discussed in a laboratory setting in detail. Several chemistry demonstrations will be performed.

Student Mixing demonstration. The students will prepare explosive mixtures under the guidance of the chemists.

Additional chemist responsibilities include:

Maintenance, calibration and service of all chemical instruments used in the HME training course. These instrument include the following instruments: Thermo Fisher Trudefender RMX (Raman), Thermo Fisher Firstdefender FTX (FTIR), and Thermo Fisher Gemini (tandem Raman-FTIR)

Monitoring and tracking inventories of chemicals and materials that support the chemist’s mission with the HME class.

Collection of data regarding the success/failure rate of the HME demonstration shots.

Assisting the ATF scientists with special projects as needed.

Candidates with experience synthesizing explosives mixtures and/or forensic examination of explosive mixtures are preferred. Also, knowledge and experience in the forensic examination of controlled substances is also preferred.

It is recognized that some candidates may not have all the necessary experience being sought. Selected candidates will receive extensive training associated with HME processes. Selected candidates will be required to demonstrate proper level of knowledge, safety and understanding of explosives, the precursors and the mixing process prior to participation in the synthesis of improvised materials.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must not be prohibited for possessing and transferring explosive materials as defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 1102, Chapter 40.

  • Microsoft Office Suite qualifications.

  • Strong research, verbal and written communications skills.

  • Ability to converse courteously with advanced-level students who can be vocal in their opinions.

  • Willingness for continuing education pertaining to explosives and specifically HME

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (e.g., chemistry, radiochemistry, or closely related field) coupled with 5 years directly relatable experience

  • Proficiency working with chemistry instrumentation: Thermo Fisher Trudefender RMX (Raman), Thermo Fisher Firstdefender FTX (FTIR), and Thermo Fisher Gemini (tandem Raman-FTIR) experience is specifically sought

  • U.S. citizenship

  • Eligible for both US Tourist Passport and US Official Passport

  • Able to obtain a Secret government clearance.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

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