Scientist II

Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland
02 Sep 2016
10 Feb 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Jacobs is one of the nation's largest engineering and technical services companies with more than 60,000 employees worldwide. At the US Army Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) within Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, Jacobs Technology employees, along with our teammate companies Caelum, SOI, eLe, and Trident, ensure the weapons, vehicles, and equipment that the war fighter depends on are safe, effective and reliable.

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Job Description

Performs professional and scientific work on phases of long and short-range projects and investigations in the field of chemistry (primarily analytical). Utilizes professional knowledge and experience of chemical reactions and analysis to determine the appropriate analytical method or approach to the project. Performs assigned analytical investigations with responsibility for planning of the complete project assignment and the analysis and reporting of findings. Investigates problems, which are of such a degree of complexity that they cannot be resolved directly by an established analytical method. Conducts tests where multiple analyses must be determined in a difficult matrix. Must reduce data, validate findings by comparing with reference standards and formulate conclusions and recommendations. Conducts individual projects utilizing and adapting a wide array of analytical instrumentation to obtain and record repeatable and accurate measurement of target analysis. Characteristic of work processes are the following: conducts literature survey to determine extent of previous efforts; develops an approach, develops methods and techniques; validates methods and techniques; prepares and tests; analyzes; interprets; and evaluates data to make recommendations. This work can be in a laboratory setting or in a field environment. Prepares reports covering assigned analytical investigations. Presents data, site references, general observations made and resulting conclusions. Composes text of report in such a manner to indicate in appropriate detail the background of the problems, objectives of the investigations, significance or interpretation of results, recommendations and detailed description of procedures. Prepares the necessary correspondence in connection with inquires of related technical information. Instructs other employees in the more advanced phases of laboratory work and furnished technical advice in his field of specialization. Plans, coordinates and conducts complex scientific assessments, studies and projects related to mycology, biology, or chemistry. Reviews and prepares, test methods, plans, reports and related documents. Plans, arranges, and manages data collection and preliminary analysis work. Develops new information, considers data from a variety of sources, and modifies and originates approaches, methods, and procedures to plan and carry out assignments. Reviews and evaluates samples of any matrix. Conducts chemical compatibility, fungus, and other related testing. Provides professional scientific technical support and evaluations in support of test projects. Work requires professional knowledge of physical science, biology or chemistry.

Must possess a Bachelor's Degree in specialization or related scientific discipline and 1 yr. applicable experience. Specializations include: Chemist, Health Physics, Physical, and Physicist.

Essential Functions

May require sitting in front of a computer for extended periods of time (up to 70%). The ability to bend/stoop, squat, crawl, kneel, crouch, balance, reach above shoulder level, and climb into or under a vehicle is required (up to 25%). Walking a minimum of 50 yards over rough terrain is required (up to 25%). The ability to push and pull as well as to lift and carry up to 50 pounds is required (up to 25%).


Work environment can be in a field setting or in a laboratory setting. Performs professional and scientific work on phases of long and short-range projects and investigations in the field of chemistry. If working in certain specialized areas, test may be conducted on a random basis. The ability to work in outside field conditions that include hot and cold extreme temperatures and other outdoor climatic conditions is required (up to 25%). Must be able to work in areas where only portable restroom facilities are available (up to 25%). Work environment may be fast-paced and require work under pressure to meet deadlines associated with the completion of a task. Position will require multiple task efforts. Travel may be required periodically for specific task related functions as well as to obtain training necessary for this position.


Conducts projects utilizing and adapting spectrometric and/or chromatographic instrumentation to obtain and record repeatable and accurate measurement of target analysis (up to 90%). Work also requires regular use of typical office equipment such as the personal computer (up to 80%), copiers (up to 2%), and fax machines (up to 2%). The requirements include the ability to work around moving machinery /equipment, and drive auto equipment, forklifts/other equipment as needed.


Attendance is critical at all times during normal duty hours. Work outside of normal duty hours, including weekends and holidays, may be required with as little as one-hour advance notice.


Must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Must be able to interface with individuals at all levels of the organization. Must be able to obtain an interim secret security clearance in order to gain access to required areas, networks and systems within thirty (30) days of date of your offer letter. Must further be able to obtain and retain a secret security clearance. Must be able to provide proof of U.S. citizenship. Must be able to obtain and retain unescorted access to work areas. May be subject to other physicals or exams if required to wear a respirator or are designated by the COR to have other physicals due to the work area in which you are assigned. May be subject to exposure to noise, radiation, vibration, lead, acids, and solvents. Must be able to wear personal protective equipment as required. Must have a valid driver's license and personal transportation for the purpose of moving around the proving ground to accomplish job functions and in order to operate a rental vehicle if and when travel is required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a military driver's license within 30 days of employment.