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Research Scientist (Operations QC Inspector)

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1/5/2018 3:58:09 PM
Pueblo, CO US

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.


We are currently seeking a Research Scientist (Operations QC Inspector) This position located in Pueblo, Colorado.




The Research Scientist conducts technical activities with general supervision and is responsible for the application of fundamental concepts, practices, procedures as applied to Operations Quality Control (QC). Candidate is responsible for specific portions of projects as assigned.  The selected candidate will work at the Pueblo Chemical Depot supporting the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) project.




  • Leads and conducts assigned technical tasks in support of Operations Quality Control (QC) objectives in support of the PCAPP Laboratory, which may include but is not limited to: providing customers with required Laboratory Operations capabilities; meeting or exceeding customer requirements for accuracy and precision; meeting or exceeding customer requirements in regarding turn-around time; maintain quality system adequacy, effectiveness, and implementation, etc.
  • Reviews complex technical data by evaluating adherence to processes programmatic requirements and provide concurrence of suitability for reporting.
  • Performs independent technical reviews and assessments of Laboratory Operations test data, laboratory operating procedures, technical specifications and instrument operating conditions and limits are maintained in accordance with governing plans and policies. 
  • Provides Laboratory Operations oversight. To include chemical agent extraction analysis of process control and hazardous waste samples, and other analytical analysis and functions.
  • Writes Observation, Corrective Action and Condition Reports detailing laboratory deficiencies of data quality or procedural compliance to determine any implications to data quality and document corrective actions for distribution both internally and externally to the laboratory.
  • Performs surveillances of Laboratory Operations personnel to verify procedural compliance and potential areas of improvement.
  • Applies and maintains a quality information system(s) used to track and trend assessment findings, analyze data integrity, document non-conformance and deficiencies are assessed from internal reviews, and identify any potential opportunities for improvement in processes.
  • Reports quality inconsistences to Management.


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. 




  • BS degree in Chemistry or other scientific area with five (5) years equivalent OR a Master’s Degree with three (3) years equivalent experience OR may possess seven (7) to nine (9) years of direct QA Laboratory Operations experience.
  • Knowledge in instrumental methods of analysis including gas chromatographic analysis (IC, ICP-MS, P&T, and HPLC), toxic material handling, and wet chemistry and EPA methods (8260, 8270, 9045, 9012, 8081, and 6020) highly desired.
  • Experience with chemical agents, toxic industrial chemicals, hazardous waste management and hazardous waste sampling highly desired.
  • Excellent PC skills which may include database entry/management (e.g. Windows OS, Access, MS Office Suite).
  • Must be a US Citizen.  The applicant selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must be willing to meet and maintain eligibility requirements to be placed in a Public Trust Position.  In addition, applicant selected may be subject to qualification in accordance with Army Regulation 50-6, for placement in the U.S. Army Chemical personnel Reliability Program (CPRP).
  • PCAPP is subject to Army Regulations (AR50-6 Chemical Surety Program and AR190-59 Unescorted Access Program) which govern persons performing work under the Chemical Personnel Reliability Program (CPRP) and Unescorted Access Program (UAP).  Eligibility to be placed in a CPRP or UAP position requires US citizenship. Employees must favorably complete a series of screenings to include but not limited to: a National Agency Check with Local Agency Check and Credit Check (NACLC) security investigation, drug/alcohol testing and medical examination.
  • PCAPP operates on a 24/7 schedule.  This position may be required to work a schedule of rotating shifts including nights, weekends or holidays. All employees are subject to and agree to random drug and alcohol testing as a condition of continued employment for the duration of their assignment. Respiratory screening and the ability to wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) may be required for this position. The ability to obtain/maintain access to the Pueblo Chemical Depot is required.


Additional selection and retention criteria will include the ability to:


  • Flexibility to respond to urgent project requests and/or changing priorities. This position may be required to work a schedule of rotating shifts (8-12 hours nominally), including weekends and holidays.
  • Drug-free workplace; urine testing for drugs are mandatory.
  • This position involves work near or with toxic and hazardous materials and requires ability to wear protective clothing/mask. Must be clean-shaven; must wear seat belts when driving or riding in vehicles on post.




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, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, or disability. 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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