Senior Scientist (Edgewood)

Employer
Smiths Detection
Location
Edgewood, MD
Posted
Jun 11, 2018
Closes
Jun 22, 2018
Function
Accountant, IT
Industry
Science
Hours
Full Time
Job Description The Senior Scientist will plan, coordinate and conduct research and development of new chemical detectors, the development and investigation of new methodologies and general chemical research as applied to the Smiths Detection business. The individual is expected to drive and support technology development projects in one or more chemical detection areas such as: FTIR, Raman, Hyperspectral imaging, or, Mass Spectrometry, in a team environment. Further, the individual must be highly-motivated, team-oriented, flexible, and is expected to become a technical authority in their area of expertise helping to shape S&T projects and future products. Duties & Responsibilities SPECIFIC DUTIES, ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: Applies general scientific knowledge in the area of Optical Spectroscopy or Mass Spectrometry, with hands-on experience with analytical chemistry instrumentation and laboratory equipment. Creatively applies problem solving skills to resolve technical challenges of significant scope and complexity. Plans, coordinates, and conducts scientific research often requiring independent judgment. Sets up equipment, performs experiments, and collects data using best practices and protocols. Analyzes and interprets data using standard statistical and scientific software packages. Prepares technical reports and presentations for technical and non-technical audiences, internally and externally. Promotes best laboratory practices and practices/forces workplace safety and compliance with environmental regulations. Supports development of Technology Roadmaps. Drives continuous improvement by developing procedures that affect laboratory operation. Able to travel to customer sites or testing facilities to install, train, support, and/or perform analytical tests. Supports sales, marketing, product management, engineering, manufacturing, and service groups relative to new and existing products. Candidate must possess or be able to successfully obtain a US Security Clearance at the SECRET level Other duties as required. The Individual POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Education /Experience: D. in Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or related Engineering field 5+ years industry experience or MS and equivalent work experience, including scientific research, engineering, and/or product development. Hands-on experience in developing chemical detection equipment is preferred Academic and work experience in Optical Spectroscopy or Mass Spectrometry Knowledge/Skills: Expert knowledge of chemistry, physics, optical spectroscopy or mass spectrometry, and engineering fundamentals. Knowledge and hands-on experience in analytical instrumentation, including FTIR, Raman, colorimetric; OR, Mass Spec and IMS Skill in the use of personal computers and data/word processing software applications. Ability to work in a team environment or independently as conditions require Good written and verbal communication skills, both one-on-one and to large audiences. Possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills to multi-task several priorities and tasks. Self-motivated, reliable, and accountable individual. Commitment to customer and internal support Flexibility to accept changes in priorities and project Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A Physical/mental requirements: Ability to solve complex problems. Willingness to work with chemicals and hazardous substances. Ability to lift packages up to 50 lbs. unassisted Ability to communicate clearly, and to facilitate communications between employees in different disciplines. Ability and willingness to travel to customer and other Smiths locations (10% anticipated) Work environment: The individual will spend their time in office and laboratory environments. The ability to work comfortably in scientific and engineering spaces is essential. Occasional travel to visit customer sites or for professional meetings will be necessary. The ability to perform light-duty lifting tasks will be necessary as part of some job tasks. Eligibility for US Security Clearance required.