Synthetic Chemist

Introduction:

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 Chemist.

Job Summary:

Synthesize a wide variety of inorganic and organic compounds. Characterize these materials using instrumental methods. Interface with laboratory as well as outside customers. Write technical documents and funding proposals.

Duties:

  • Perform chemical and biochemical synthesis of compounds under the direction of the Principal Investigator, Project and/or Program Manager. (50%)
  • Characterize the compounds synthesized using various forms of instrumental analysis. (25%)
  • Prepare technical reports and presentations as required by Principal Investigator and/or sponsors. (15%)
  • Provide support for chemically related tasks, on site and in the field as necessary to support laboratory programs. (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:

  • BS in chemistry with at least 2 years experience in a laboratory environment with standard synthetic chemistry laboratory equipment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in multi-step air-free organic synthesis using Schlenk techniques, and experience with molecular characterization (NMR, HPLC, GC, MS, IR, UV/Vis).
  • Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve during research such that logical next steps can be determined and taken when research does not go according to plan.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work independently exercising good technical judgment.
  • Strong record of successful teamwork.

Desired Qualifications:

  • M.S. in Chemistry and experience with surface chemistry including self-assembled monolayers (SAM) and chelation/coordination chemistry.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in experimental planning and design with creativity in approaching non-traditional R&D problems.

Special Working Conditions:

Field testing may make some local travel necessary.

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 www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 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, and values diversity in its workforce.


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