Research Chemist – TEDAC Explosives Unit

SNA International, LLC, is a vibrant, growing company based in Alexandria, VA, and a world leader in forensics, biometrics, and identity intelligence services. SNA’s staff support high visibility forensic human identification operations, including staffing some of the US’s largest federal forensic laboratories. 

SNA International seeks a bright, collaborative, and innovative Research Chemist to work in the FBI’s Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) Explosives Unit (EU), Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama locations, who has a strong work ethic to join our team and work together in pursuit of the same cause: build a safe and just world by empowering organizations in the use of forensics, biometrics, and identity intelligence.

 

The qualified, senior level, Research Chemist supports TEDAC explosives scientists and forensic examiners in research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) of explosives and their material properties, in particular the explosive properties that affect the bulk and/or trace explosive detection of such materials. The daily duties of the Research Chemist are to support the EU and other TEDAC units that work with the EU by performing operations and logistics duties as directed by the EU Senior Scientist and Program Manager of the joint FBI/DHS/TSA program titled “Physical, Chemical, and Detection Characteristics of Improvised Explosives”.

 

The Research Chemist is expected to have mastery in the areas of chemistry, physics, engineering, materials science, or mathematics, sufficient to enable the Reach Chemist to direct complex studies that are focused on RDT&E problems pertinent to explosives characterization and detection is required.

 

The following list is representative of the types of activities and responsibilities anticipated to be performed, but are not limited to:

 

Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the co-PM of the joint FBI/DHS/TSA research program titled “Physical, Chemical, and Detection Characteristics of Improvised Explosives.”
  • Reviews/authors interagency agreements (IAAs) and statements of work (SOWs), produces rough order of magnitude (ROM) estimates for independent Government cost estimates (IGCEs), reviews/authors monthly status reports (MSRs) and technical reports, and provides technical direction and oversight of explosives characterization RDT&E, including material properties testing (e.g., density, particle size, optical properties), physical and thermal hazards testing (e.g., impact, friction, electrostatic discharge, vacuum thermal stability, calorimetry, time-to-explosion, differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis), effects testing (e.g., detonation velocity, diameter effects, detonation calorimetry, air blast), and bulk/trace detection testing of interest to DHS and TSA (e.g., advanced technology x-ray, explosives trace detection, explosives detection systems, bottle liquid scanners, advanced imaging technology, computed tomography).
  • Identifies the areas of need or inadequacy in current explosives characterization RDT&E protocols and proposes research study paths considered most effective.
  • Provides program planning and directs comprehensive testing of new methods and technologies in explosives characterization RDT&E to ensure their reliability and analytical limits under operational conditions.
  • Recommends modifications or adaptations of current methods in explosives characterization RDT&E or recommends the development of entirely new methodologies and technologies.
  • Serves as the only member of the EU that has experience in bulk and trace detection technologies of interest to DHS and TSA.
  • Researches, develops, and author whitepapers, information papers, and policy documents, as required.
  • Supports activities, functions, or duties, as defined.

 

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Education: B.S. degree in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Materials Science, or Mathematics; however, an M.S. degree in one of the above disciplines is preferred.
  • Experience: Prefer experience in the following areas:
    1. Bulk and trace explosives detection technologies of interest to DHS and TSA, such as but not limited to, advanced technology x-ray, explosives trace detection, explosives detection systems, bottle liquid scanners, advanced imaging technology, and computed tomography.
    2. Explosives characterization RDT&E, such as but not limited to, material properties, physical and thermal hazards, and effects testing.
    3. Authoring detailed, technical tasks for inclusion in SOWs and IAAs relating to explosives characterization and bulk/trace explosives detection RDT&E.
  • Program management of technical projects, preferably in the areas of explosives characterization and bulk/trace explosives detection RDT&E.
  • Certifications: N / A.

 

Candidates must be US citizens and able to pass a background check, drug screening, and a polygraph (if required). 

Please submit your resume and a cover letter that outlines why you should be considered for this position and position level. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

 

No phone calls

 

SNA International is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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