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Chemical Technician–Journeyman (SEM Exp w/ SECRET CLR), Silver Spring, MD, US ID#16648

Cherokee Nation Assurance (CNA) delivers a broad spectrum of professional management consulting services to its defense, health, environmental and civilian agency clients. To assist clients in achieving their goals, CNA provides a tailored management approach for complex government programs and disciplines including health information technology, research & science, program management, communications, correspondence and document management, governance and administrative support. Wholly owned by Cherokee Nation, CNA is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.
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Be a part of exciting research in military health by joining the Joint Pathology Center (JPC) Pulmonary and Environmental Pathology Department in support of the Pulmonary Research Project. The mission of the JPC is to deliver cost-effective, high quality, multidisciplinary pathology consultation and education in addition to preserving, modernizing, and growing the nation’s oldest tissue repository to promote biomedical research ultimately becoming the pathology center of excellence by advancing the health of our nation’s military and other federal customers.

The relationship between exposures associated with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and the subsequent development of pulmonary diseases in the U.S. military personnel is of concern to many individuals and organizations. The JPC and its previous organization the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), have reviewed a large number of pulmonary pathology specimens from previously-deployed US service members throughout the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). These specimens have been submitted for expert review from pathologists at military medical treatment facilities (MTF’s) across the US and overseas, and from Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMC’s). The availability of archived pathology specimens and associated data permit focused histopathological review of pulmonary pathology specimens and additional tissue-based studies at the JPC. JPC personnel have the expertise in Pulmonary & Mediastinal Pathology, Thoracic Radiology and Environmental Pathology to conduct such studies. This project will consist of three parts: JPC/AFIP records review, histopathology review of lung biopsy specimens and a particle analysis study of “foreign” exogenous material retained in lung specimens.

Our client is in need of Chemical Technician to assist in the third stage of the Pulmonary Research Project – particle analysis study of “foreign” exogenous material retained in lung specimens. This technician will run the scanning electron microscopes at the client site Silver Spring, MD. This position will be part of a team of military and civilian research scientists.


  • Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related science to include experience with Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) and Energy Dispersive x-ray Spectrometer (EDS).
  • Assist in the development of the protocol for Phase III, Chemical analytical study of exogenous material retained in lung specimens, for submission to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • Document all activities conducted in support of the protocol in accordance with laboratory notebook best practices.
  • Conduct method development to optimize data collection in accordance with the IRB approved protocol to produce the Data Collection and Analysis Method.
  • Perform scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) on pathology specimens to image and analyze exogenous materials retained in lung tissue to evaluate the particle size and composition variation among study cohorts.
  • Conduct the chemical analysis data collection in accordance with the Data Collection and Analysis Method
  • Perform data analysis in accordance with the IRB approved protocol.
  • Provide Chemical Analysis reports for Study cases to the Principle Investigators (PI) following the completions of the method development.
  • Provide Monthly Status Reports of the analytical method and the number of cases completed and pending analysis.
  • Contribute to the production of the manuscript following the completion of the data acquisition portion of Phase III of the project.


  • No supervisory/management authority.


  • Minimum Bachelor of Science or higher degree from an accredited university in biology and chemistry that includes five (5) years training and experience in processing biological materials for electron microscopic examination.
  • Preferred: Degree or experience in geological sciences.


  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident. Already hold a T3 SECRET clearance.
  • Preferred one year experience operating and maintaining a field emission scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer (FE-SEM-EDS). Experience Hitachi and Bruker instrumentation also preferred, but not required.
  • Experience developing processing and analytical methods for SEM-EDS analysis and conducting data analysis on large data sets.
  • Proficient in the use of computers with advanced skills using spreadsheet programs (e.g. Microsoft Excel).


  • Work will be performed in a climate controlled laboratory and office setting.

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