Associate Chemist
Charlottesville, VA

Avarint’s Chemical Sciences Group is seeking an Associate Chemist based in Charlottesville, VA. Travel outside of the continental 

U.S. (OCONUS) will be required. Primary duties will include:

· Performing work in both CONUS and OCONUS laboratories.

· Developing and improving analytical methods for the measurement of a broad spectrum of chemicals in various matrices using GC-MS, LC-MS/MS and other techniques.

· Providing technical expertise and support to the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

· Reviewing and continuously improving the QA/QC program to ensure that all reported data is accurate, complete, reliable and of high-confidence.

· Formalizing and executing a preventive maintenance program for analytical instrumentation and performing general maintenance and repair on instruments as needed (such as GC-MS, LC-MS/MS, FTIR, XRD, SEM and ICP-MS).

· Performing sample analysis using various instrumentation and comparing data to libraries of known results for the specific instrument and analyte being tested.

· Taking photographs of samples, sample matrices, items being analyzed and/or other exhibits to support the analysis, conclusions and reporting of results; and documenting test results and conclusions in the required Laboratory Information System(s) and databases.

· Developing analysis reports that include methods, procedures and analytical data including interpretation of results and annotating the file documentation; and performing technical and/or administrative reviews of files, reports, data sets, results and conclusions.

· Ensuring proper chain-of-custody procedures are followed for all items and samples.

· Maintaining a safe and laboratory work environment in accordance with all documented laboratory procedures.


Why Avarint:

· 401K – No waiting period. 100% vested on date of hire.

· 3% company contribution in the first year of employment, company contribution increases over time. Employee is not required to contribute to the plan to receive Avarint contribution. 

· Health Insurance – No waiting period – competitive costs. 

· Dental, Vision insurance after 6 months – Employer paid benefit for employees and dependents. 

· Life Insurance after 6 months – Employer paid benefit for the employee. 

· Generous paid time off, unlimited sick time and 9 paid holidays. 



The position also requires that the selected candidate possesses:  

· Strong hands-on laboratory skills with respect to GC-MS and/or LC-MS/MS instrument operation and sample analysis.

· Excellent organizational skills and communication skills (oral and written) and the ability to appropriately communicate with colleagues, management and clients to plan and execute duties.

· Deep attention to detail and the flexibility and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.



Minimum Qualifications

· BS in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry or other related discipline; or 5 years of direct professional experience in laboratory analysis.

· Experience with Microsoft Office software including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 

· Experience and proficiency with GC-MS and/or LC-MS/MS.

· Ability to maintain a DoD Secret security clearance and pass a CI polygraph.

· U.S. citizenship and eligible for a U.S. Passport.

· A medical examination will be required to ensure ability to perform duties and wear personal protective equipment.


· An active DoD security clearance (S, TS w/ SCI eligibility; or TS/SCI).

· Previous experience working in the Intelligence Community (IC) environment.

· Experience with Microsoft Office software including Access, Project and Outlook.

· Deployed experience in analytical/operational environment.

· Experience in contract research, working for the federal government and/or private organizations.

Salary Description
$60,000 - $84,000 DOE