Scientist - Analytical Chemist

POSTED: September 20, 2019
BUSINESS: FLIR Detection, Inc.
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Position Summary:

Successful Scientist candidates will be part of a team responsible for in-depth research, discovery and problem-solving related to chemical and biological detection for US Government and Commercial markets. Our products are based on “outside-the-lab” platforms and encompass detection and identification instruments for chemical and biological weapons, explosives, narcotics, toxic industrial chemicals, and other hazardous materials.  Scientists on the West Lafayette team are expected to provide domain expertise on detection systems, plan research and testing, direct the activities of research associates, work independently on multiple projects, and be able to shift priorities as needed. Please visit to learn more about our global company.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Drive application and method development for GC-MS instrumentation.  Plan, design, and carry out experiments, as well as direct activity of research associates carrying out experiments.  Analyze data and report results to project managers and team for 2 or more projects on a weekly basis.  Must be able to plan experiments from conception to completion.
  • Contribute to management and execution of federally-funded contract research and development (CRAD), including establishing project goals/schedules, managing milestones and deliverables, writing reports, and presenting/ reporting to government POCs
  • Compile reports and participate in customer reviews in West Lafayette and in the field.  Be able to articulate to customers report findings and associated data. 
  • Maintain essential inventory and ensure common areas of the lab are well kept and orderly
  • Continually participate in advanced training programs to increase product and technology knowledge with ability to share learnings with team and more junior staff. 
  • May have additional support activities including compiling reports and assumption of indirect activities (safety, IT, IP, etc.)


  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry or related.
  • Experience with analytical instrumentation development and testing, with specific experience in GC and/or GC-MS application and method development and operation
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • High energy, proactive orientation, self-motivated
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with team members and customers
  • Strong Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) skills
  • Travel (both domestic and international) expectation is 10%
  • US Citizenship required

 Proven experience required:

  • Act as a team leader to drive experimentation & testing
  • Write clear, concise and understandable technical proposals and/ or project reports.
  • Drive toward solutions to project goals
  • Compile data in a way it can be shared across the organization
  • Able to troubleshoot and resolve science and project issues
  • Communicate with team members to ensure project goals and timelines are met
  • Conduct testing on laboratory analysis equipment


  • Experience with technical team-leadership desired
  • Prior experience with Mass Spectrometers
  • Experience with wet chemistry and good laboratory practices
  • Prior military experience would be a plus
  • DOD Security Clearance would be a plus

Additional Information:

  • Please apply online at Requisition #11815
  • A criminal conviction check is required for employment in this position
  • FLIR offers health benefits, dental, vision, life insurance, parental leave, short-term & long-term disability, 401(k), 10 company designated holidays, flexible time off (FTO), tuition reimbursement, fitness reimbursement and more
  • FLIR Detection is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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