Analytical Chemist


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Edwards Afb, CA

Job Description

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Job Overview:

Seeking analytical chemist to support Air Force Research Laboratory, Edwards, CA.
  • Must be a self-starter, eager to learn and customer service oriented. Interface with customers across diverse fields of discipline within the aerospace community.
  • Must have good reasoning skills needed to develop methods, evaluate data and troubleshoot.
  • Utilize broad range of techniques, wet bench-top chemistry methods and instrumentation in the scientific fields of spectroscopy, chromatography, and electrochemistry.
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of solids, liquids and gasses such as fuels, aviators breathing oxygen, lubricants, hydraulic fluids, raw materials, propellant ingredients, starting compounds and their intermediate compounds etc.
  • Includes measurement of physical properties, determination of bulk and trace concentrations in variety of materials.
  • Willing to support compliance driven programs such as calibration, preventive maintenance as directed by Air Force, OSHA, etc.
  • Includes handling hazardous substances such as hydrazine, dinitrogen tetroxide, and energetic materials (H.D. 1.1).
  • Requires periodic evening or weekend work depending on mission need
Must be a US citizen
Remote site, requires commute
Must be able to pass a background check
Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree preferred (chemistry, biochemistry or technical discipline)
Experience/ Training: Basic chemistry laboratory skills
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Remote site, requires commute
  • Must be able to pass a background check
Unusual or Special Physical Requirements of Position (specify and provide % of time required)
  • Lifting: 35lbs
  • Climbing: minimal climbing of ladders and step stool for instrument/equipment access
  • Crawling: Minimal crawling to maintain instrument peripherals
  • Special clothing/equipment (wearing): lab coat, safety glasses, safety goggles, face mask, gloves, aprons, steel toes boots
  • Unusual physical requirements: able to maneuver 55 gallon drum
  • High noise level: low industrial from ventilation systems and mechanical pumps, hearing protection provided as needed or desired
  • Other: fine motor skills required, able to extend arms outward for long periods of time when performing chemistry related activities such as manual titrations
Description of Work Environment (specify and provide % of time required)
  • Inside?  Outside? Combination? Where?: Inside 95%, minimal access of outbuildings and open storage locations used for chemical storage
  • Extreme (hot/cold) temperatures involved: Laboratory is HVAC controlled however conditions vary due to age of facility infrastructure
  • Hazardous conditions - What are they?: 1.1 HD explosives, high pressure gasses, and liquid gasses (nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, and other gasses)
Equipment and Machines Involved in Work Tasks (specify and provide % of time required)
  • Office equipment/machines electrically/battery operated - which?: Light office work
  • Vehicles, forklifts, etc. operated which?: Able to load, secure and drive flatbed truck with lift gate.  Fork lift driving may be a future requirement.
  • Tools used in trade - which ones?: Standard hand tools to assemble and repair instrumentation and build pressurized gas systems.  No machining required. 
Criticality of Attendance (specify and provide % of time required)
  • Overtime, regular days, off days: no over time unless required for the project. We work a compressed schedule (9 hours 4 days 8 hours every other Friday, 0 hours every other Friday)
  • Shift, 1st, 2nd, 3rd: 1st
  • Necessity for regular attendance: yes
  • Urgency for punctuality: yes