PAE, Inc Associate Chemist in Charlottesville, Virginia

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Associate Chemist

PAE is currently seeking Associate Chemists (specialized in Radiological and Nuclear Forensic Chemistry) based in Charlottesville, VA. May be required to travel OCONUS (as needed). Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Duties may be executed in a CONUS or OCONUS laboratory and include performing analyses of samples that have been collected

  • Define new methods to support expansion of laboratory capabilities and improve/solve existing method deficiencies.

  • Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

  • Review, evaluate, and analyze data from samples and provide database entry support

  • Perform equipment/instrument maintenance

  • Operate, maintain and perform radiochemical sample analysis using applicable laboratory instrumentation and techniques required to identify attribution signatures (i.e., indicating country of origin such as geological/industrial, isotopic composition/ratios); characterization signatures (i.e., those indicating process such as chemical form, physical form); and indicative signatures (i.e., those that by themselves do not indicate origin, process, or use such as elemental composition, trace constituents)

  • Knowledge of techniques for radiation detection, counting and spectroscopy, imaging and microscopy, mass spectroscopy and gas chromatography, and data analysis

  • Knowledge and/or 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

  • Assist in executing test plans, validations, research and development and method development

  • Must possess, at a minimum, intermediate computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project and Outlook

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in science (e.g., radiochemistry, physics, nuclear engineering or related field) OR five (5) years directly relatable experience

  • One (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 be able to successfully pass all medical requirements for deployment, as needed

  • Must be able to successfully pass a skills assessment

  • Experience working in a forensic laboratory performing DNA analysis

  • 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

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working in a forensic laboratory

  • An active DoD security clearance – Top Secret w/ SCI eligibility or TS/SCI

  • Deployed experience in Analytical/Operational environment

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.

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), should you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a currently open position with PAE, please call Recruiting at (703) 656-6064 or email with "Disability Assistance" in the subject line.