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Battelle Memorial Institute Researcher (GC Operator) - PCAPP 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 Researcher conducts technical activities with general supervision and is responsible for the application of fundamental concepts, practices and procedures as applied to the PCAPP laboratory. Candidate is responsible specific portions of projects as assigned and interacts with clients, making presentations of project progress or results as appropriate.


  • Performs sample receipt, preparation and analysis of air, solid and liquid samples as assigned to meet schedule time constraints. Troubleshoots the testing process when expected results are not obtained. Recommends and executes path forward to resolve analysis problems.

  • Performs assignments using moderately complex instrumentation to include, but not limited to, Gas Chromatograph equipped with a Flame Photometric Detector (GC-FPD), spectrophotometer, pH meters, and thermal desorption systems.

  • Performs method detection limit studies and optimizes instrument parameter to validate method performance in support of process sample requirements. Recommends and executes path forward to resolve method performance or instrument issues.

  • Interprets analytical results, qualifies data appropriately and develops analytical data packages.

  • Performs independent technical reviews and assessments of test data, laboratory operating procedures, technical specifications, performance charting, and instrument operating conditions and limits are maintained in accordance with governing plans and policy.

  • Builds and fosters relationships with internal clients. Has limited contact with external clients.

  • May oversee lower-level staff in extracting and preparing data of less experienced staff members.

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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field with 2 years of experience or master’s degree in related field; or an equivalent combination of education and or experience in a related field. 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).

  • 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 nights, 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.

  • Must achieve and maintain certification in required subject areas.


  • Knowledge in toxic chemical handling, wet chemistry techniques and instrumental methods of analysis including gas chromatographic analysis is highly desired.

  • Experience with chemical agents, toxic industrial chemicals, hazardous waste management and instrumental analysis highly desired



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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