Chemical Engineering Researcher

    Pittsburgh, PA 15236
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    Job Description


    Job Description:
    Leidos is a Fortune 500 company aimed at embracing and solving some of the world's most pressing challenges. Through science and technology, Leidos makes the world safer, healthier and more efficient.

    Our Civil Group offers an array of exciting career opportunities for the best IT, energy, logistics and engineering professionals.

    Leidos is seeking a Chemical Engineering Researcher in Pittsburgh, PA at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

    The primary objective of this project is to develop qualitative and quantitative information on what geochemical reactions affect flow pathways, for incorporation into model-based predictions.

    A series of laboratory experiments will be performed to test how fluids sourced from different geologic units, and from the well-reservoir interface, affect predicted mineral reactions in the fractured shale reservoir. The end result will be a revised set of observations on which additional components of the unconventional wellbore-to-reservoir system influence mineral reactions that affect permeability across primary fractures and the shale matrix.

    The candidate will conduct; analytical, experimental, investigative and other fact-finding work using standard scientific approaches and techniques to support principal scientific researchers, observes, calculates, records and interprets the results of tests and analyses, and designs, constructs, modifies, calibrates, operates and maintains equipment used for these purposes or devised as a result of the work.

    Primary Responsibilities Include:
    • Lead the design and execution of experimental work to test how fluids sourced from different geologic units, and from the well-reservoir interface, affect predicted mineral reactions in the fractured shale reservoir.
    • Support the experimental design and execution for developing the Eh-pH boundary plots for fracturing fluid-shale reactions that can affect development of fracture face damage in unconventional reservoirs.
    • Provide support in modeling geochemical signals of brine from the Permian basin field projects at contacts identified as potential leakage points (e.g. cement, steel casing, caprock).
    • Prepare technical reports on project scope, milestones and conference/workshop presentations to disseminate research findings, activities, operations, and future initiatives to industry, academic and government stakeholders is a requirement for this position.
    • Period status reporting (weekly/monthly/quarterly/annually) is required to update project managers and customers.
    • Participate in group meetings. Group meetings are designed to allow the applicant to discuss current research and promote discussion with fellow researchers. The manager will request the applicant to provide a PowerPoint presentation for group meetings. The frequency of these presentations is generally once every 6 months but can occur at a higher rate.
    Required Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's degree in a science or science-related field (e.g., biology, chemistry, economics, geology, mathematics, physics) and 5 years of job-related experience or a Master's Degree and 3 years job-related experience.
    • This position will require extensive interface with customers and potential collaborative partners, so excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. The complexity of information to be managed will require excellent organization skills and attention to detail.
    • The candidate must have experience with Geochemist's workbench and be willing to expand into ToughReact as needed.
    • Excellent communication skills and a willingness and interest to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team environment to drive towards overall project and team objectives is also required.
    • Demonstrate experience in mentorship of early-career scientists and/or students is required.
    The candidate must have demonstrated experience in the following:
    • Researching chemical reactions between fracturing fluids and shale at the core-scale.
    • Image processing expertise. (SEM, synchrotron, CT)
    • Experience with interpreting fluid chemical data.
    • Experience with Oxidation-reduction geochemistry.
    • Raman spectroscopy.
    • Development of core milling techniques for controlled fracture flow experimentation.
    • Collaboration with industrial operator partners (e.g., through co-authorship on presentations and publications).
    Preferred Qualifications:
    • A Ph.D. in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering.
    • Familiarity with working in a Research and Development setting.
    • Experience conducting research at a GOGO (Government owned Government operated) lab.
    Driven by our talented workforce, the Federal Energy, Environment and Commerce Operation builds trust through an array of energy-related IT, environmental science and engineering solutions to meet our customers' needs.

    Key Capabilities:
    • Large Infrastructure
    • Mission Support
    • Digital Modernization
    • Command & Control
    • Mission Applications
    • Environmental Science
    • Nuclear Security
    • Engineering Services
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    We value and support the well-being and mobility of our employees with competitive benefit packages, complementary e-learning training, work-life flexibility, an exciting External Referral Program, and a diverse, inclusive and ethical work place. In fact, in 2020, Leidos was ranked as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute for the third consecutive year.

    External Referral Bonus:Ineligible

    Potential for Telework:Yes

    Clearance Level Required:None

    Travel:Yes, 10% of the time

    Scheduled Weekly Hours:40


    Requisition Category:Professional

    Job Family:Research ScientistLeidos

    Leidos is a Fortune 500 information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

    Pay and Benefits

    Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That's why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available here.

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    Commitment to Diversity

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

    Posting ID: 559416388Posted: 2020-06-03