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Research Scientist - Chemical Synthesis Automation

UES, Inc.
Dayton, Ohio
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Sep 19, 2021

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UES, Inc. has a Research Scientist position available to work on the Molecule Maker ARES project (see link below) in support of the Polymer Matrix Composites Team within the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at AFRL. The successful candidate will first optimize existing synthesis reactions for the Molecule Maker ARES platform.  Then they will design, set up, and run reactions utilizing this autonomous chemistry platform which integrates synthetic and analytical capabilities to optimize large reaction spaces in a closed loop system. This chemist will work with a team of coders as well as external university partners to push the cutting edge of autonomous chemical synthesis.  The successful candidate will have experience with synthetic chemical techniques, such as organometallic coupling reactions, reaction optimization, small molecule synthesis and/or polymer synthesis. Experience with NMR spectroscopy as well as other analytical techniques is preferred. Finally, as this position sits within an interdisciplinary team, experience communicating with a wide-variety of technical roles is strongly desired.

Link to project publication summary:


  • Ph.D. in Chemistry or related discipline
  • Experience with chemical synthesis in a research setting
  • Experience with various types of synthesis or molecules synthesized
  • Experience with NMR spectroscopy
  • Experience with autonomous systems not required, but must be willing to learn to communicate across the multi-disciplinary team
  • Must work well with internal and external collaborators
  • This position is working within a government facility and requires U.S. Citizenship

Additional Information

UES, Inc. is an innovative science and technology company providing customers with superior research and development expertise since its inception in 1973. Our long-term success is a direct result of a strong commitment to the success of our employees.  We look forward to reviewing your application.

UES, Inc. is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.  U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.


UES is a research, development, and technology transfer company. UES' capabilities and interests include materials science, metallurgy, processing science, computer science, mathematics, all engineering fields, physics and applied psychology.
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