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Jacobs Chemist I Analytical in Dugway, Utah

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Your Impact:

Jacobs provides field, range, testing, chemical, and biological laboratory support to the U.S. Army at the West Desert Test Center (WDTC) located at Dugway Proving Ground (DPG), UT As a major test site for the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, the WDTC is responsible for the test and evaluation of chemical and biological (CB) defense systems, incendiary and smoke/obscuration munitions systems, and related operational concepts. In addition to these responsibilities, we also support non-CB testing at the WDTC for the DOD and other Federal agencies, including environmental assessment/impact evaluation and munitions demilitarization.

Our Dugway Operation was established in 2004 with the award of the Field, Range, Chamber, and Laboratory Support Services (FRC&LSS) contract to Jacobs. This operation also includes our support provided to STC through a subcontract awarded in 2006 for Test Documentation and Management Support Services for the WDTC. Through the FRC&LSS contract, we manage an integrated team of contractors that includes STC, Mellor Engineering, and Versar with a composite staff size of more than 170 personnel.

JACOBS is seeking a Chemist I to support the Dugway Proving Ground (DPG) contract. The successful analytical chemist will be responsible for all of the duties associated with the operation of the CTD analytical laboratory. The analytical laboratory performs a critical function for the CTD, responsible for producing high quality analytical data related to test and evaluation projects performed at Dugway Proving Ground. To accomplish these tasks, the chemist will use analytical platforms platforms including but not limited to gas chromatography using flame ionization, flame photometric and mass spectroscopy, and liquid chromatography using triple quadrupole mass spectroscopy. The use of data analysis software platforms such as Agilent Chemstation and MASSHUNTER will be included in daily tasks. The chemist will also be involved in the production and validation the standard analytical reference material used for all of our testing that requires sample analysis. This process involves performing serial dilutions to produce calibration standards used to create calibration regression curves to act as a control group for quantitative analysis of samples. The chemist will also be responsible for the production of accurate and complete laboratory reports, and will at times be required to perform quality control data review and analysis.

Job Description

  • The successful candidate will be responsible to act as the chemist on tests involving Chemical Warfare Agents (CWA), Toxic Industrial Chemicals, Toxic Industrial Materials, or simulants of CWAs.

  • Prefer BS with 4+ years relevant experience or MS degree in related scientific field.

  • Have solid hands-on experience with chemical and/or material properties testing.

  • Analytical experience a plus.

  • Lead a team of analysts, lab technicians, and chemists on test projects.

  • Act as lead for method development projects.

  • Qualify for the Personal Reliability Program and security clearance.

  • Work with CWAs and other highly toxic chemicals.

  • Review and accept technical documents and provide a technical response.

  • Coordinate closely with the government test officer on projects.

  • Manage all day-to-day issues associated with project execution.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Required Education and Experience:

  • The Chemist I must have a Baccalaureate degree in chemistry (or equivalent training and have one (1) year of experience with direct government or contractor supporting government laboratory operations contracts), other physical science, or engineering, and a minimum of one (1) years of laboratory experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).

· Perform liquid analysis using Gas Chromatography

· Experience with Mass Spectrometry strongly desired

· Experience with Liquid Chromatography / LCMS strongly desired

· Analyze samples in accordance with the appropriate procedure

· Analytical methodology / methods development

· Documentation of all analysis in specified formats

· Perform vapor analysis using SST (Solid Sorbent Tube) GC platform

· Perform chemical extraction of analytical samples

· Compile and review laboratory reports

· Preparation of chemical solutions

· Work on individual projects within the CTD as time / necessity allows

· Review data packages as part of a quality control review

· May be required to work long shifts, night shifts and overtime on a rotating basis if needed.

· Competent with MS Office (Word, Excel, Visio) and Agilent Chemstation / MassHunter

Essential Functions for Position

Physical Requirements

  • Physical Requirements:

  • Medium- Exerts up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally, up to 20 lbs. of force frequently, or up to 10 lbs. of force constantly to move objects.

Work Environment

Equipment and Machines

Ability to operate office equipment such as a personal computer, printer, copy machine, telephone, fax machine and other equipment including desk supplies and other work-related tools as required.


  • Regular hours will be between Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Punctuality and regular attendance are necessary to meet deadlines

  • Must exhibit flexibility of work hours to adjust to surge situations based on critical mission requirements.

Other Essential Functions

Must always demonstrate professional behavior when dealing with customers, management, and co-workers.

Must have clear, concise, and accurate communications skills in English, both verbal and written.

Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk to employees or others.

Must maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner.

Independent personal transportation to office or work site is required.

Travel to and from customer’s locations and the test fields may be required to support projects.

This may involve airline travel.

When operating any vehicle for work purposes, must wear seat belt and in addition, no cellular devices are to be used when vehicle is in motion.

This position will require a valid driver license to operate a variety of vehicles.

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