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Battelle Memorial Institute Research Scientist (Operations QC Inspector) in Pueblo, Colorado

Battelle’s founding mission “to translate scientific discovery and technology advances into societal benefit” is as relevant today as when we opened our doors over 90 years ago. Our science and technology enhance society's well-being and create critical innovations that drive scientific advances for the future. We conduct groundbreaking research and development, design and manufacture leading-edge products, and deliver critical services for commercial and government customers. Our work meets the needs of the nation when it matters most, and Battelle is committed to driving innovation today and for generations to come.


The Research Scientist conducts technical activities with a minimum of direction and broadly applies principles, theories and concepts as applied to sample analysis, data interpretation, and sample reporting at the PCAPP laboratory. The selected candidate is recognized for expertise in instrumental analysis and is responsible for individual projects or large portions of projects as assigned and provides solutions to an extensive range of complicated problems. The candidate interacts with clients, making presentations of project progress or results as appropriate.


  • 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.


  • BS degree in Chemistry or other scientific area with five (5) years equivalent OR a Master’s Degree with two (2) 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.


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 or expression, 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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