Reston, VA 
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Job Description:

Leidos is seeking a highly motivated chemist to join the Intelligence Group. The position will provide analytical and logistic support for US Government clients requiring characterization of unknown samples. The position will require the use of a variety of techniques for the identification of unknown materials and impurities/degradants (e.g., GC-MS, LC-MS, DART-MS, Raman, FTIR, XRF, etc.). The chemist may also be responsible for instrument calibration and maintenance, data processing and review, and assisting with drafting monthly or final reports.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Specific duties include the evaluation of pharmaceutical synthetic pathways to determine precursor and degradation products.
  • Conduct research to learn new synthetic methods coming to market and assess their value to the customer program.
  • Determine equipment needs for new production methods.
  • Additionally support field test activities to support sensor library development, assess signal to noise for individual signatures, and determine quality of each detection.
  • Significantly improve the ability to detect pharmaceutical signatures, increase the number of signature available for collection, and improve the quality of collection assessments.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Requires BS and 4 – 8 years of prior relevant experience or Masters with 2 – 6 years of prior relevant experience.

Basic Qualifications

  • BS degree or higher in Chemistry or related technical discipline
  • 5+ years of experience within field
  • Experience in working on a customer site in the IC
  • Experience in synthetic pharmaceutical chemistry, determination of chemical degradation products and rates, chemical precursors, and physical properties
  • Strong communication skills
  • Must possess TS/SCI with polygraph

Preferred Qualifications

• Program Management Experience

External Referral Bonus:Eligible

Potential for Telework:No

Clearance Level Required:Top Secret/SCI with Polygraph


Scheduled Weekly Hours:40


Requisition Category:Professional

Job Family:Chemist

Pay Range:

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit .

Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That's why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available .

Leidos will never ask you to provide payment-related information at any part of the employment application process. And Leidos will communicate with you only through emails that are sent from a email address. If you receive an email purporting to be from Leidos that asks for payment-related information or any other personal information, please report the email to .

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
4+ years
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