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Chemical Biological Defense Scientist

Job ID: 2018800
Location: LORTON, VA, United States
Date Posted: Jan 12, 2021
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Scientist
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work: No
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a qualified Chemical Biological Defense Scientist to provide Assistance and Advisory Support (A&AS) to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Chemical and Biological Technologies Department, Detection and Diagnostics Division (RD CBA).  The scientist will provide both scientific and project management support to the Government Science and Technology Manager (STM) on projects developing novel and state-of-the-art detection and sensing technologies to protect U.S. warfighters against chemical and biological threat agents.

Key Job Duties/Descriptions:

  • Provide expertise and support development and assessments of environmental chemical and biological detection platforms that align to JPEO capability gaps and transition to programs of record.
  • Draft presentations, informational papers, fact sheets, and talking points on the status of current and future CBRN defense projects and initiatives. Attention to details is required as products are expected to be shared with mid-level, senior (GS-15), O6 and above, and SES personnel.
  • Accurately review and provide advice on project statements of work, cost proposals, monthly reports, quad charts, and financial and scientific reports to identify potential risks and issues with projects.   Provide recommendations, path forwards, or mitigation strategies for resolutions.
  • Assist with preparing procurements documents and forms, and compiling acquisition documents for procurement packages (e.g., MIPR, IO, grants, contracts, OTA, etc.) to ensure speedy delivery of funds for projects.  React quickly to evolving tasks, as certain circumstances require packages to be prepared with 24 hours.
  • Liaise with industry, start-ups, government and academia performers.  A successful TPM will utilize their scientific knowledge to evaluate and analyze novel detection technologies, research, proposals, and data to ensure accurate and reliable information and provide recommendation to the government.
  • Assist with special projects, key meetings, and administrative tasks as required to support STM including scheduling meetings, drafting meeting minutes, sending emails, and taking notes.



  • Bachrlor's degree and (nine) 9 years of experience in a chemistry, physics or related field; Master’s degree and (seven) 7 years of experience; or Doctorate in chemistry, physics or related field and at least 4 years of experience.
  • Knowledge of detection and/or sensor technologies
  • Excellent customer-oriented skills, critical thinking, and ability to communicate well verbally and in writing
  • Proficient in basic Microsoft Office products (e.g., Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) and experience using them daily
  • Experience with Government research and development acquisition programs, project management, and/ or the DoD acquisition lifecycle
  • Knowledge of traditional and emerging CB threats
  • Experience with Chemical Biological Defense Program (CBDP)
  • Experience with DoD agencies (preferably DTRA)
  • Experiences working with DoD Services and end-users of detection technologies
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) accreditation from the Project Management Institute (PMI)

  • Active Secret clearance 




SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's modernization and readiness challenges. Our offerings across defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets include high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission outcomes. We integrate the best components from our portfolio with our partner's ecosystem to deliver innovative and effective solutions. We are 25,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, VA, SAIC has annual revenues of nearly $7.1 billion. For information, visit or Working at SAIC for benefits details. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer empowering people no matter their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We strive to create a diverse, inclusive and respectful work culture that values all.

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