Battelle Memorial Institute Research Chemist in West Jefferson, Ohio

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail, and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

Primary Function

We are currently seeking a Research Scientist . This position is located in West Jefferson, OH .

Major Responsibilities

  • Plans and executes laboratory research to develop capabilities to detect, identify, and quantify chemical agents and other high hazards in air, water, on land, on personnel, equipment or facilities.

  • Responsible for leading efforts involving study design, laboratory execution, sample extraction/clean-up and analysis, interpretation of results and data reporting from protection and decontamination studies.

  • Identify new technologies and techniques to drive business in the chemical defense area

  • Work in an ISO 9001:2015 laboratory setting, to include developing project specific quality control requirements and documenting procedures.

  • Present data at client meetings and conferences

  • Train and mentor junior staff; support activities of senior staff.

  • Prepare cost and schedule estimates on proposed projects.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of theory by creatively troubleshooting and correctly interpreting results to resolve technical challenges.

  • Performs complex analysis to check accuracy, applicability, and reasonableness of project work to meet project technical requirements and laboratory data quality objectives.

  • Ensuring compliance to in-house specifications.

  • Setting up and operating various lab instrumentation to include: pipetting devices, temperature and relative humidity monitors, air monitoring instruments, and balances.

  • Follow all safety guidelines while working around hazardous materials.

Position Requirements

  • Ph.D. in chemistry with 1-2 years of laboratory experience

  • Must be a US citizen

  • Ability to obtain/maintain certification in Chemical Personnel Reliability Program (NACLC required)

  • Ability to obtain/maintain a DoD Secret clearance

  • Must be willing to participate in random drug screening

  • Strong writing skills Desired but not required:

  • Knowledge of US Army rules and regulations surrounding chemical surety material

  • Experience with chemical agent surety operations

  • Experience conducting RDT&E in accordance with the DoD acquisition process

Legal Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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