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RDT&E Chemistry Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Global Systems Technologies
Absecon, NJ
  • Posted: 19 days ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: dental, life insurance, medical, vision, 401k,
Job Description

GST is looking for a Chemistry Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) program for the Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) that support DHS Directorate of Science and Technology (S&T). The RDT&E program’s mission is to counter current and future terrorist threats and criminal acts, primarily threats against transportation. TSL implements these countermeasures through research, evaluation, and support of development of new technologies.

The TSL technical support services supported include applied research and data collection and analysis to support Test and Evaluation (T&E) of explosive and threat detection technologies and systems. These efforts apply scientific and engineering activities to support the spiral development of technologies to detect concealed explosives or mitigate the effects of explosives and other threats. The principal focus is scientific investigation and RDT&E for the detection of conventional and homemade explosives. Other technical activities include scientific investigations into contraband such as the detection of illicit substances, and the test and evaluation of technologies designed to detect and/or identify these substances. Also included is the examination of blast effects on conveyances and infrastructure (i.e., vulnerability analysis).

The objective of this acquisition is to provide TSL with Research, Engineering and Development (RE&D) in support of T&E and test planning and execution in support of the Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E) Division and the Commercial Aircraft Vulnerability and Mitigation (CAVM) program.

The individual must have experience in 2 or all 3 of the support areas:

  • Applied Research and Development in Support of Test and Evaluation;
  • Developmental Test and Evaluation; and
  • Applied Research and Development for Detection, Vulnerability and Mitigation Assessment


The Chemistry Subject Matter Expert (SME) shall:

  • Performs research, design, development, analysis, test and evaluation of complex security systems.
  • Familiar with analytical techniques such as liquid, ion and gas chromatography.
  • Familiar with the synthesis, purification, crystallization, and characterization (e.g., NMR) of explosives and/or other hazardous materials.
  • Familiar with hardness testing, roughness testing, optical profilometry, scanning electron microscopy and particle microscopy techniques.
  • Determines potential of physics approaches for further development, defines opportunities to interface various technologies/systems, and assesses usefulness of technologies in the homeland security environment.
  • Writes experiment/test plans and procedures, conducts test, collects test data, and prepares technical reports.
  • Perform a variety of complex laboratory analytical procedures.
  • Manage and coordinate their workload and due dates, meeting contract and program requirements, and their interface with government contract and program personnel.
  • Interact regularly with government personnel to ensure quality performance on the contract.
  • Prepares and gives presentations at conferences and other meetings.
  • Must be capable of performing literature searches and assessing the current state of the art in approaching any research program.
  • Must possess independent research experience and demonstrated capability in the planning and execution of research and development projects.
  • Provide leadership to bring innovation and GST corporate capability to the customer to accomplish their mission. Become knowledgeable and fluent on discussing GST capabilities.


A current SECRET clearance (or ability to obtain SECRET clearance)

Minimum Requirements (Scientist 4-6):

  • A minimum of 9 years of relevant experience (Scientist 4).
  • A minimum of 12 years of relevant experience (Scientist 5).
  • A minimum of 15 years of relevant experience (Scientist 6).
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University is required (i.e., physics, chemistry).
  • A Master’s degree in the arts or sciences is preferred. Long-term related experience may reduce the amount of education required.
Minimum Requirements (Scientist 7):
  • A minimum of 12 years of relevant experience (Scientist 7).
  • A Master’s Degree in a science field (i.e., physics, chemistry) is required.

GST has excellent benefits & we will provide details to qualified applicants.

Company Description
GST is an engineering firm and prime contractor for the Department of Homeland Security.

Our core capabilities include systems engineering; R&D in the domains of physics, chemistry, biology, electronics, and software; Test and Evaluation (T&E), Human Factors (HF) engineering, Configuration Management (CM), and Integrated Logistic Support (ILS).

GST is the prime contractor for (among others) the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Professional Engineering and Logistics Support Services (PELSS-3) contract, supporting the fields of baggage screening, passenger screening, surveillance, air cargo/ intermodal security and technology integration. Under this contract, we interface with Government and international entities, equipment manufacturers, airports, and personnel from all modes of transportation. We provide liaison to the R&D community, report on emergent technologies, perform trade off studies, develop system architectures, and produce standards, specifications and requirements.

GST also supports the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) at the W.J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City, NJ. Technical support ranges from lab management to research and development (R&D) on the detectable properties of explosives and other dangerous materials, new technology for explosive detection in passenger and cargo screening, testing and certification of explosive detection equipment.

Global Systems Technologies


Absecon, NJ



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