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Staff Chemist - Homemade Explosives Chemist CAD-2012-12

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POST DATE 3/26/2012
END DATE 5/25/2012

Applied Research Associates, Inc. Charlottesville, VA

Applied Research Associates, Inc.
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
Charlottesville, VA
Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Job Type
Doctoral Degree
AJE Ref #



Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is seeking a Staff Chemist -Homemade Explosives Chemist. Under general direction, the Chemist shall be responsible for conducting complex chemical studies on homemade explosive formulations and syntheses, analyses, and tests which require technical knowledge and techniques in projects regarding organization research, production or operation. He or she will utilize independent judgment within broad parameters to determine an appropriate approach. Perform research and analysis on various substances (organic or inorganic) to determine chemical properties, composition, structure, etc., and to investigate potential applications to medicine or industry. Conduct experiments, develop solutions to technical problems, and prepare reports to management. He or she may develop technical papers and or presentations for scientific groups, publications, or meetings. The candidate will broadly apply basic principles, theories, and concepts to job assignments. The successful applicant will have a seasoned level of full competence that all professionals are expected to achieve in the area. The Chemist will solve a diverse range of complex problems, working with limited direction. He or she will frequently interface with internal/external customers and makes significant contributions to department goals and planning efforts.

Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

This position is in support of a Department of Defense Agency and applicants selected for this position must have an Active Department of Defense TS with eligibility for SCI clearance.

Required Skills

- Ph. D in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics or related physical science
- Must understand synthesis, formulation, and detection of homemade explosives
- Excellent writing and oral presentation skills

Experience Required

- Experience working with homemade explosives, including:
+ Synthesizing molecular HME compounds, as well as preparing HME related formulations including oxidizer/fuel explosives
+ Processes and procedures for the synthesis and construction of HMEs and related HME devices
+ HME and precursor signatures
+ Technologies for detection, mitigation and defeat of HME devices
- Experience with characterization of explosives and HME related mixtures, including spectroscopic characterization, thermal stability, and sensitivity
- 3 years of related experience working with homemade explosives


- Direct synthetic and detonation experience of homemade explosives
- Detection of homemade explosives using various analytical methodologies


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1300 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience.

ARA is an EEO/AA employer.