Defence Careers – Energetic Materials Chemist

Website Department of Defence

Job Description:

The position’s primary role is to undertake synthesis, formulation, testing and analysis of energetic materials to determine their physical, chemical and performance characteristics and inform operator safe handling, as part of the APWE research and development programs. The successful applicant(s) will work in an integrated, small team environment to meet both research and operational outcomes, in support of defence client priorities. The Energetic Materials Chemist will be required to work in a laboratory environment and undertake routine handling of energetic materials. Applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate good communication skills and be willing to work as part of a team to achieve the required defence outcomes in the weapons and effectors domain.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead and conduct physical and chemical analysis of energetic materials and related items.
  • Apply knowledge of evaluation and experimentation theory, principles and techniques in the conduct of research activities.
  • Be responsible for the application of professional, scientific and engineering standards in the definition and conduct of evaluation and experimentation activities.
  • Maintain and manage energetic materials laboratories including compliance documentation required for the safe operation of laboratories.
  • Conduct synthesis and formulation of current and novel energetic materials (small-to-large scale).
  • Lead or contribute to the conduct of EO safety testing and results reporting.
  • Lead or support EO performance testing activities, including the possibility of test activities in remote locations (e.g. Woomera).
  • Be accountable for the maintenance and management of records and information associated with evaluation and experimentation activities in accordance with Defence guidelines.
  • Communicate evaluation and experimentation results and meet the needs of different audiences.
  • Work collaboratively and operate as an effective team member in a multi-disciplinary environment to achieve Defence objectives.
  • Take the initiative to identify competing priorities and progress work to meet work area objectives.
  • Recommend solutions to issues impacting on the achievement of desired outcomes.
  • Be responsible for accurate completion of work and to contribute to publication of new applications.

Job Details:

Company: Department of Defence

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Adelaide, South Australia, AU

Application Deadline: N/A

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