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Bennett Aerospace, Inc. has an opening for a highly motivated Research Scientist and Computational Chemist for the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Environmental Laboratory (EL), Environmental Processes Branch (EP-P) ) Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Team (EGSB) in execution of its mission. The candidate will be a Bennett Aerospace employee performing services for ERDC in Vicksburg, MS.
The successful candidate will shall provide technical and applied research for the Military Program-funded Focus Area Project “Computational Chemistry Approach for Environmental Impact of Insensitive Munitions Compounds in Water, Arid- and Semi-arid Environments”, as well as the Civil Works Program-funded Project “Development of prototype ResistanceAlert, a computational biology-based early warning system of herbicide resistance for invasive aquatic plant management”, both of which shall be performed at the Vicksburg site of USACE-ERDC-EL. The overall objective of this work is to develop in silico methodologies for assessing and predicting adverse biological effects of chemicals of military concerns (CMCs) such as aquatic herbicides and insensitive munitions (IM). In the military project, the employee shall use molecular modeling tools and techniques to qualitatively and quantitatively characterize the interactions between chemicals and toxicity target biomacromolecules. In addition, the contractor shall build mathematic models that enables the prediction of toxicity for uncharacterized military unique compounds (e.g., new or emerging insensitive munitions). In the civil works project, the employee shall build homology models for the ALS-inhibitor-binding sites for three aquatic invasive species and predict any resistance-conferring mutations in the ALS genes. The data obtained from civil tasks shall be used for the development a novel tool named ResistanceAlert that enables the prediction of unknown resistance conferred by undocumented new mutations in the aquatic weed or algal populations subject to chemical control actions.
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About the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC):
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is one of the premier engineering and scientific research organizations in the world. As the research organization of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ERDC conducts R&D in support of the Soldier, military installations, and civil works projects (water resources, environmental missions, etc.) as well as for other federal agencies, state and municipal authorities, and with U.S. industry through innovative work agreements. ERDC research is developing innovative solutions for a safer, better world.
ERDC labs collaborate to address R&D in four major areas: Military Engineering; Geospatial Research and Engineering; Environmental Quality/Installations; and Civil Works/Water Resources. ERDC has seven laboratories in four states: Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, Ill.; Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, N.H.; Topographic Engineering Center in Alexandria, Va.; and the Coastal and Hydraulics, Geotechnical and Structures, Environmental, and Information Technology Laboratories in Vicksburg, Miss. ERDC has a staff of approximately 2,500 federal employees and contractors, and an annual research program exceeding $1.1 billion.
ERDC R&D focuses on five primary technical areas to support the Army and the Corps:
ERDC manages five major Department of Defense Supercomputer Resource Centers and hosts one of the centers at its Vicksburg site. ERDC supercomputers are some of the most powerful and fastest in the world, with a capability of 1.3 quadrillion calculations per second (this capability will be enhanced to 3.5 quadrillion in June 2015). Other unique and world-class facilities include the world’s most powerful centrifuge, blast effects facilities, physical models of river and coastal projects, endangered species laboratories, heavy vehicle simulators, hazardous waste research laboratories, frost and ice engineering facilities, and an 1800-foot coastal research pier.
Even with state-of-the art facilities and cutting edge technologies, ERDC’s most impressive asset is its people – the expertise and education of its research team allows ERDC to provide solutions to our nation’s most complex challenges. The ERDC staff includes more than 1,020 engineers and scientists, many with advanced degrees (32% hold doctorates and 45% hold master’s degrees). ERDC outreach and partnering efforts result in numerous cooperative R&D agreements engaging leading experts from academia, private industry, and other agencies.
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