Research Chemist

Updated: March 23, 2020
Job ID: 215804
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Dayton, OH, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Chemist to support the Support the Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-D) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to NAMRU-D. This position requires US Citizenship and the ability to obtain a Secret Clearance. 


  1. Work with a diverse team of scientists, including toxicologists, engineers, neuroscientists, chemists, psychologists, animal behaviorists and biologists, to accomplish the mission of understanding the health effects of operating in military settings.
  2. Lead method development for analytical and extraction techniques for detecting and quantifying chemicals, and their metabolites, metals, proteins and small molecules in various tissues or environmental samples.
  3. Develop research approaches, strategies and proposals for elucidating physiological impacts of exposure to extreme environments or toxicants including chemicals and metals.
  4. Contribute to the design and execution of scientific research on the responses to exposure to chemicals/mixtures, extreme environmental hazards or stressors, to include temperature, humidity, altitude, vibrations, and noise, and/or physical demand. 
  5. Collect data from environmental samples, animal subjects, and cell/tissue models and support research projects requiring analytical endpoints.
  6. Assist other investigators in the design and execution of research proposals and protocols on animal, human and cellular physiology and toxicology, as well as performance issues of interest to the Navy.
  7. Operate and maintain standard and specialized analytical equipment. 
  8. Perform statistical analyses using SigmaPlot, Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) or Statistical Analysis Software (SAS).  Examples of the typical analyses required for successful performance include T-tests, Chi-Square, Analyses of Variance, Multivariate Analyses of Variance, analyses of covariance, multivariate analyses of covariance, correlations, linear regressions, multiple linear regressions, and power analyses.  
  9. Assist and educate entry level research assistant personnel in the understanding and performance of their duties.
  10. Develop (and assist in the development) technical reports, presentations, and publications.
  11. Be willing and able to work nontraditional hours (e.g., nights, weekends) as needed.
  12. Perform other duties as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong background in analytical equipment, extraction methods and analytical method development. 
  • Experience with (but not limited to) working with volatile organic chemicals, metals, nanoparticles, and/or other xenobiotics and their metabolites.
  • Experience working with different sample materials, such as urine/blood, tissues, filters and various other matrices.
  • Familiar with operating various analytical instrumentation, such as HPLC, GC/MS, LC/MS, QTOF, FTIR, and ICP-MS.
  • Strong background in chemistry and/or biochemistry.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Proficiency in the use of common statistical analysis software, to include SigmaPlot, SPSS and SAS.
  • Strong technical writing background with experience in writing research proposals, standard operating procedures, technical reports, journal articles, and conference papers.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Self-motivated and capable of working independently and with others.
  • Experience in human and animal physiology a plus.

Minimum Education: Master’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field required. PhD preferred.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 3-5 years of experience conducting chemistry or biochemistry research, with at least 2 years of experience in analytical techniques and method development including sample processing, data analysis, and report production.

Physical Capabilities: Requires long periods of working in a laboratory setting and/or at a computer; may lift materials weighing no more than 30 lbs.

Work Environment: Set in an office and laboratory environment. 

Background/Security: U.S. citizenship required; eligible to obtain and maintain a Tier III Investigation/ Secret Clearance.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.