Analytical Chemist


Are you:

... passionate about applying your Chemistry knowledge and experience toward solving the country's toughest national security challenges?

... searching for an engaging career with an employer that prioritizes collaboration and continual innovation?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. Our team of scientists and engineers works to provide our nation with cutting-edge solutions to problems related to National Security. To succeed, we are seeking an Analytical Chemist that is talented, highly motivated, thinks outside-of-the-box, and possesses a deep curiosity and a drive for learning!

Job Summary:

Provide analytical/materials chemistry support to the applied chemical sensing efforts of the Homeland Protection and Special Operations mission areas.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  1. Provide support to the Transportation Systems Security Program (TSSP) and its work for TSA, especially in simulant development and test article design. (50%)

  2. Support other program needs with analytical measurements and testing. (40%)

  3. Assist in the preparation of reports and presentations to sponsors. (10%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

B.S. or M.S. in chemistry, material science, or related disciple with 2-3 years of analytical experience. Candidates are expected to be self-motivated and able to work collaboratively in a team environment with scientists and engineers representing a variety of different backgrounds, skill sets, and experience levels. The ability to think independently, work well with others, and present unbiased evaluations of data and other information in technically complex situations is required. Strong technical writing and presentation skills for both scientific and non-scientific personnel are critical. Some travel required. Experience in performing statistical data analysis, and report generation. Applicants must be able to obtain and hold a security clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

Interdisciplinary experience in the chemistry and detection of chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals and materials, explosives and explosive related materials. Experience in optical-based analyses and detection (e.g., infrared and Raman spectroscopies).

Special Working Conditions: Some travel (local and domestic) and working in closed areas.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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