Chemist - 33717 in Chicago, IL at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 8/28/2020

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    Chicago, IL
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Job Description

Position Summary:

Space is a harsh environment, with extreme variations in temperature and high levels of radiation of various types. When the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) needed protection for its spacecraft and components, Alion stepped up and created mission-critical thermal coatings as well as the complex processes needed to apply them.  We supplied coatings for the Gemini, Apollo, and Saturn programs — among many others — as well as for use on global positioning satellites. By 1998, Alion had produced 95 percent of the thermal coatings on the satellites that reached space.  Today, Alion continues to support NASA as the space agency moves forward with new programs and challenges. And our thermal coatings are used on private and public sector space vessels, alike.

  • Under limited supervision, performs chemical laboratory tasks of some complexity and variety. Provides advanced technical support in one or more areas of science or technology.
  • Responsible for conducting chemical studies, experiments on organic and inorganic compounds and materials, analyses, and tests which require technical knowledge and techniques in projects regarding organization research, production or operation.
  • Perform or assist more experienced staff in performing complex laboratory assignments.
  • Performs sample preparation/extraction/digestion and analysis of environmental samples according to established procedures.
  • Operate standard experimental testing equipment of moderate complexity and performs routine equipment maintenance.  Adheres to QA/QC requirements in the performance of job duties.
  • Maintain inventory in warehouse. Receives packages and keeps accurate counts on equipment and consumable items.
  • Decontaminates and maintains equipment to be used in the field for sampling projects.
  • Works closely with Program Manager and observes experiments, records experimental data and prepares reports. 
  • Perform lab waste accumulation activities to support compliance with the waste management plan for the facility.
  • Conducts experiments, develops solutions to technical problems, and prepares reports to management
  • Perform computer data entry and record management activities.
  • Complie with security procedures in the performance of duties.
  • Applies advanced principles, theories, and concepts to job assignments, and contributes to the development of new ideas and principle
  • Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Good communication skills.
  • Considerable knowledge of laboratory and experimental procedures and ability to apply this knowledge in performing assigned laboratory tasks.
  • Bachelor's degree plus 2-4 years' experience

Security Clearance: None

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