Synthetic and Applied Chemist


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Synthetic and Applied Chemist.

Job Summary:

Assist in the development and expansion of the technical capabilities in chemical synthesis, novel chemistries, and chemical analysis, in support of government sponsors in the Homeland Protection and Special Operations Mission Areas.


  • Synthesize and characterize new molecules, and polymers. Develop chemistry-based tools to meet sponsor objectives. (50%)
  • Pursue research opportunities to grow the chemical science efforts in the applied chemistries programs at APL. Write and contribute to proposals to government sponsors. (25%)
  • Provide expertise and advice to staff and sponsors on technical issues related to chemical synthesis and detection. This may include, but is not limited to, evaluating third-party technologies, providing guidance for future research priorities, and reviewing analysis results and technical documents. (25%)

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:

Candidates should possess a Ph.D. degree in chemistry with extensive synthetic chemistry experience. Minimum of 3-4 years experience in organic synthesis and spectroscopic analysis including high field NMR, fluorescence, FTIR, GC-MS and UV-vis. Successful candidates will be knowledgeable in traditional and state-of-the-art tools of synthetic chemistry. Extensive experience with Schlenk-line techniques and air-free synthetic methods. Candidates will be expected to be self-motivated and able to work collaboratively in a team environment with scientists and engineers representing a variety of different backgrounds, skills, and experience levels. The ability to think independently, work well with others, present unbiased evaluations of data and other information in technically complex situations, and technical writing and presentation skills for both scientific and non-scientific personnel are critical.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience in one or more of the following: organophosphate chemistry, chemical agent synthesis.

Special Working Conditions:

Occasional travel to field test locations required.


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.


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 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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