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Improvised Explosive Device (IED) SME

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1/5/2018 3:58:10 PM
Arlington, VA US

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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 an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Subject Matter Expert (SME). This position located in Arlington VA.




Battelle’s Critical Infrastructure and Security Resilience (CISR) Business Line group is seeking a Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Subject Matter Expert (SME) with strong technical skills to develop current and forward-looking simulated threats to support the research, development, test and evaluation of security systems and technology for both the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration. This is a full-time position, and the selected candidate will work in Battelle’s Crystal City Operations in Arlington, Virginia.

Candidate will utilize their technical capabilities in electronics and other IED initiating type systems, and wide-ranging knowledge of military, commercial, and improvised explosives for designing and building realistic simulated IEDs to support test operations.


  • Design and manufacture all simulated threat articles required for test activities.
  • Responsible for handling, preparation, manipulation, cutting, and shaping of specific explosive simulant compounds (including simulated HMEs),
  • Responsible for the fabrication, preparation, and handling of explosive simulant threat articles, including simulated explosives in various concealments and inert IED’s.
  • Required to know and understand the appropriate simulant to accurately represent the explosive of interest. 
  • Based on current intelligence, responsible for developing training materials and courses on explosives, IEDs, and x-ray interpretation.
  • Responsible for assisting in the planning, execution, and reporting of test events by providing IED/EOD expertise as it relates to the test scope and associated threat articles.
  • Responsible for inventory management of all current TSIF T&E threat articles, IED components, and simulants.
  • Perform these duties with a minimum of supervision within time and budget constraints.


    Work is performed both at the Battelle Crystal City office and at the TSA Systems Integration Facility (TSIF) located at the Ronald Reagan Nation Airport. Candidate is required to interact directly with the client and program managers on a regular basis and must have strong oral and written communication skills. Candidate must be capable of maintaining effective working relationships with senior level clients. Additionally, candidate should also have excellent computer skills including expertise in the use of applicable Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project).




  • Minimum of 5 years military experience related to EOD/IED activities.
  • Must have a Secret level clearance or higher.
  • Must be a graduate of NAVSCOLEOD.
  • Must have completed military EOD training or equivalent.
  • Experience in the analysis and documentation of design, construction techniques and practices of IEDs.
  • The candidate must be able to travel, be a self-starter, and a team player.  Travel is expected to be less than 20%.
  • Sole US Citizenship with the eligibility and willingness to obtain and maintain TSA Security Suitability.




  • Already possess TSA Security Suitability.
  • Experience with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree in a technical field from an accredited university.




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 is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or sexual orientation.


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