Applies professional scientific knowledge and techniques research or complex testing programs. Plans and executes sophisticated and complex experiments or studies within a specific scientific discipline. The Scientist III receives and completes test analysis from customer specifications, and uses judgment to evaluate and adapt the required guidelines to specific tests/analytical requests, and laboratory procedures. Because of the critical nature of the support provided, extended working hours (including weekends and holidays) are often mandatory.
The Scientist III operates with a degree of independence under established policies and procedures. Normally receives sufficient guidance from Laboratory Chief and/or Science IV to assure coordination of efforts other personnel working on related phases of the program. Maintains technical liaison with customers, their representatives, and contact with other laboratory professional/scientific personnel. Knowledge of chemical principles, theories, practices, and established methodology in performing lab analyses with emphasis on gas and materials testing ( e.g, failure analysis of metals). Responsible to identify unknown materials / contaminants associated with rocket engine and propulsion systems.
Applies professional scientific knowledge and techniques to the investigation, study, analysis, and reporting of testing samples or research programs. Performs well defined experiments or studies ranging from simple to moderate complexity. Must be competent in the use of computer and computer software. May be required to coordinate their assignment with other laboratory scientists.
Successful candidates for this position will have:
In depth experience using Scanning Electron Microscopes, X-ray and IR spectrometers, Gas Chromatographs and Material / Mechanical Testing equipment (e.g., hardness, tensile strength, etc.,).
Knowledge and experience to determine root cause failure of hardware - strong problem solving skills and able to work independently as well as in a team setting - capable of handling multiple projects and meeting deadlines (e.g. unplanned overtime).
The ability to analyze and monitor trace levels of gaseous contaminants in propellant and pressurant systems
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills - to effectively extract and analyze data to generate comprehensive technical and failure analysis reports.
Efficient computer skills, including knowledge of the Microsoft software suite - image processing (combining and editing multiple image signals)
Successful history of performing maintenance and inspections on lab equipment.
Major Duties include:
Performs professional assignments within a specific scientific discipline. Applies scientific knowledge and methodology to the accomplishments of experiments or studies designed to provide solution to testing or development problems.
Conducts investigations into new or developing fields of scientific activity to determine their possible application to existing programs or potential areas of company/customer scientific interest.
Develops, evaluates, and implements process plans and methods for techniques suitable for day-to-day use on a routine basis. These techniques may involve adaptation of classical techniques to new situations, or entirely new and novel approaches.
Plans and conducts difficult and complex experiments either independently or in conjunction with other personnel.
Directs, guides, or trains personnel assigned to a program and advises supervisor as to their progress and performance.
Reviews the results of tests in relation to the reliability, completeness, and accuracy of the analytical test and methods employed. Submits dispositions relative to the results of this analysis.
Analyzes routine and non-routine features of scientific tasks and formulates methodologies to resolve technical problems, to increase the efficiency of scientific support, and to enhance the work efforts in the laboratory. Develops standard operating procedures and trains personnel as required.
Updating and writing methods and procedures.