Project Chemist I

Dugway, Utah
02 Sep 2016
16 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
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.


The successful candidate will be assigned to the Special Programs Division and will work with biologists, chemist, engineers, and former military personnel in support of testing and training initiatives within the Chem/Bio defense community. Operational evaluation of equipment and techniques may also be required. The Special Programs Division is responsible for the management of multidisciplinary programs involving CBW defense, as well as training of individuals and teams from the US military and first responder community in CBW counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation. The successful candidate will be responsible to act as the chemist on tests, TTP development, and training involving Chemical Warfare Agents (CWA), Toxic Industrial Chemicals, Toxic Industrial Materials, or simulants of CWAs.

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

Analytical, process, and synthesis experience are pluses.

Act as lead for method development projects.

Ability to obtain a secret security clearance required.

Work with CWAs and other highly toxic chemicals.

Review and accept technical documents and provide a technical response.

Coordinate closely with the government program managers, test officers, and scientists on projects and events.

Manage day to day issues associated with project execution.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task. An inside environment may be a cubicle (considerations: close quarters, low to moderate noise, bright or dim lighting). Outside work may include various environmental conditions including warm and cold climates. Needs to be able to work well with co-workers and all levels of management. No hazards on job or unusual environmental conditions. Office is located on site in Government spaces at: Dugway Proving Ground, UT.

Physical Requirements

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods of time. Position may require filing, typing, and reading from a computer screen. Must have sufficient mobility, included but not limited to: bending, reaching, turning and kneeling to complete daily duties in a timely and efficient manner. Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 pounds. There is a possibility that due to parking availability and location of work, walking moderate to long distances may be required. Work will require incumbent to work with hazardous industrial chemicals as well as various chemical warfare agents. Incumbent must be able to wear standard industrial respirators and/or M-40 Mask for protection from industrial chemicals/chemical warfare agents for extended periods of time. In addition, the incumbent may be required to stand for extended periods while performing routine laboratory work.

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. Standard Chemical Laboratory equipment.


Regular hours will be between Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Regular attendance of scheduled hours is extremely important, but not critical, except for deadlines and meetings. 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 demonstrate professional behavior at all times 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. In some cases, accommodations can possibly be made for POV, if necessary. 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.

Master's degree (or equivalent training and experience) in chemistry, other physical science, or engineering from an accredited college or university approved by the department of Higher Education and a minimum of two (2) years of laboratory experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience). Able to work with or around highly toxic materials. Must clearly demonstrate capability to effectively generate and obtain data, evaluate data, define problems, and design experiments. Must be capable of planning and executing a project with nominal guidance. Must be proficient in gas chromatography, spectroscopy, or other analytical instrumentation used in a laboratory. Must be competent in computer software (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and email.

Your ability to obtain and maintain the US Government security clearance or a favorable National Agency Check Inquiry (NACI) is necessary to perform the tasks of the position for which you are being employed, as well as any subsequent positions to which you may be assigned. If you do not currently have the appropriate security clearance of NACI, you will have ten (10) days to obtain an interim security clearance or a favorable NACI. Failure to receive an interim clearance within ten (10) days of the submission of your eQIP questionnaire to DSS will render this offer null and void, additionally, failure to obtain and maintain a final security clearance or NACI will result in the termination of your employment.