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Junior Chemical Engineer/Chemist
ARA Arlington, VA

Junior Chemical Engineer/Chemist

Arlington, VA
Expired: February 12, 2024 Applications are no longer accepted.
  • Full-Time

Working and partnering with the client organizations, provide leadership and vision for safe and cost-effective execution of production capabilities for energetic materials and related applications (munitions, rockets, warheads, etc.).

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with client representatives and key decision makers and achieve client satisfaction in all areas of performance.
  • Quick to learn synthetic pathways for producing energetic materials and their precursors.
  • Familiarity with traditional analytical techniques (TGA, GC-MS, various spectroscopies).
  • Basic understanding of mass and heat transport in chemical process systems.
  • Continuous learning to ensure technical competence.
  • Ensure proper execution of the project including planning, scheduling, procurements, per the customer's requirements.
  • In conjunction with the project managers develop, plan, and execute goals and objectives which support the client's objectives.
  • Responsible for the implementation of safety and quality programs by all project staff. Assure business practices align with Contract terms (scope of work).


  • Bachelor's in chemical engineering or chemistry with 0-2 years of experience.
  • Proficiency in a wide variety of analytical technical for monitoring solvated and crystalized synthetic small molecule production.
  • Perform basic chemical engineering calculations that support process design, equipment configuration, and process condition establishment decisions.
  • Evaluate process equipment for potential environmental and safety impacts.
  • Formulate industrial risk mitigation strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clear written and oral briefings including the ability to adopt content for specific audiences.

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree in an engineering or related technical field is preferred.
  • Experience with the production, handling, processing, and design of energetic materials related to defense applications.
  • Process engineering and integration knowledge is preferred.
  • Knowledge of quality requirements and system qualification.
  • Experience managing production modernization projects, including new capabilities design and development.
  • Active DOD or DOE security clearance is preferred.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

Who is ARA?

Do you want to work for a purpose? Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company. We have been providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences since 1979. ARA has over 1,700 employee-owners and continues to grow rapidly. Together, our offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement.

ARA also prides itself, on having a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. The motto, "Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit" sums up the ARA experience. Employee ownership ensures you have a voice with what happens in the company. We are also very proud of our Women's Initiative Network (WIN), whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments.

To find out more about what the Algorithms, Modeling & Assessments Division has to offer, visit our website at:

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)



801 North Quincy Street

Arlington, VA
22203 USA



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