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Chemometrician/Chemical Data Scientist, Signature Science(Austin, TX)

Signature Science was established in 2001 as a subsidiary of Southwest Research Institute®(SwRI®). SwRI is an independent, nonprofit applied research and development organization that serves both government and industry clients.

Position Purpose:

The successful candidate will support numerous research and development, and test and evaluation projects related to defense, forensics, and national security. The candidate will be based in our Austin, TX headquarters within the CBRNE Sciences Business Area. The candidate must be motivated to contribute in a team environment, collaborate across multiple scientific and technical disciplines, and be excited to develop new skills. The candidate must have the flexibility to balance multiple on-going tasks while operating efficiently with minimal supervision. As needed, the candidate should be able to direct others to accomplish project tasks. The candidate must be detail oriented and be able to appropriately document their work. Job functions will include performing data analytics on chemical, biological, or biochemical data, specifically chemometrics, predictive analytics, and machine learning


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Performs data analytics, specifically data clean-up, data processing, predictive modeling, chemometric statistical modeling and analysis, multivariate data analysis, machine learning, and/or data mining, as related to scientific data.

• Applies technical skills to plan and execute assigned project work including development of data pre-processing routines, data clean-up scripts, predictive analytics, data summarizations, data visualizations and plotting, development and application of machine learning and artificial intelligence models, and development of detection algorithms.

• Maintains operational capabilities of computational assets as needed by project requirements.

• Leads meetings with company clients by preparing and presenting materials in meetings.

• Appropriately annotates project developed computer code/scripts with comments and through user guides/manuals.

• Presents technical results through the drafting of technical reports and presentation materials.

• Presents experimental results and recommended actions at internal project meetings.

• Supports business development efforts as needed by drafting technical sections of proposals, providing proposal review, assessing levels of effort required to complete proposed work, and brainstorming technical solutions to client problems.

• Conform to company health and safety measures including wearing of appropriate PPE, undertaking medical monitoring, and reporting observed H&S deficiencies.

• Performance of all job duties is intended to be completed under limited direct supervision of their supervisor

• Other duties as assigned


Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


• Proficiency in performing data analytics, specifically chemometrics, predictive analytics, machine learning, multivariate data analysis, predictive analytics, and/or data mining as it related to chemical, biological, biochemical, or other scientific data

• Experience in analytical chemistry or biochemistry including chromatography, mass spectrometry, spectroscopy, proteomics, genomics, or other biochemical analysis methods

• Software programming/scripting proficiency in R, Python, Java, and/or MATLAB

• Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Powerpoint

• Ability to plan sequence of experiments to answer complicated technical questions

• Ability to lead group of co-workers in execution of a task

• Working knowledge of statistics, experimental error, and quantification as it applies to scientific data

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences

• Ability to work independently and to interact effectively with individuals on multi-disciplinary teams

• Team player with a positive attitude



• Previous research and development experience related to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and/or explosive (CBRNE) threats

• Experience in developing proteomics or genomics data analysis pipelines

• Working knowledge of software development practices such as version control systems (e.g., Git) and Agile development

• Ability to think creatively, demonstrate curiosity, and lead research teams

• Sufficient business knowledge to support marketing, and bids and proposal efforts



Successful candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, or Biochemistry with 3-5 years of professional experience; or a Ph.D. or Master’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Statistics, or Data Science with 0-3 years of professional experience. Successful candidate must have significant experience in software programming/scripting for scientific data analysis.


Certificates and Licenses:

No specific certificates or licenses are required for this position.



Candidate must be willing and eligible to seek and maintain a government security clearance at the SECRET level following hire. Candidates with current DoD SECRET or other clearance are preferred. Must be a U.S Citizen due to the nature of these requirements.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

No staff supervisory responsibilities will be expected.


Working Conditions/ Equipment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The incumbent will work in a general office environment with general office equipment and in laboratories at the Austin campus.


Limited domestic travel may be required up to 25% time. Infrequently incumbent will be needed to work after-hours/weekends.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• The incumbent should be able to lift up to 25 pounds without assistance and 50 pounds with assistance to complete laboratory activities.

• Incumbent may have to wear and function in personal protective equipment, including a respirator for limited periods of time.

• Incumbent will be required to complete company paid for medical monitoring.



Lio Tariman

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