Synthetic 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 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.


  • 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.


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 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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