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Battelle Memorial Institute Checkpoint Technical Lead in Patuxent River, Maryland

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail, and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

We are currently seeking a Checkpoint Technical Lead/SME . This position located in Arlington, Virginia .


Battelle’s Aviation Security Division provides Acceptance and Operational Test and Evaluation services to both the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration. We are seeking a Checkpoint Technical Lead/Subject Matter Expert (SME) to support Operational T&E activities. This is a full-time position located in Arlington VA.

Primary responsibilities include leading Checkpoint Operational Test activities related to test planning, execution, analysis and reporting. Technical areas applicable to this role include non-intrusive inspection and associated scientific disciplines, physical security applications, command & control integration, human factors, operations research, statistics, electrical/mechanical engineering, and systems. Additional responsibilities can include observation of system/component performance, and application of various technical tools and equipment to conduct testing.

Candidate must be capable of effectively working in a dynamic environment and must have past experience with checkpoint technologies including but not limited to carry-on x-ray (AT-2), Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT), Explosive Trace Detection (ETD), Credentialing Authentication Technology (CAT) and/or Bottled Liquid Screening (BLS) systems.

Candidate should also have experience in leading and managing a team of engineers and technicians in the execution of project work. Candidate will be the primary technical interface to the client on Checkpoint testing and must have excellent communication skills both written and oral.

Candidate should expect 25-50% travel. Additionally, candidates should also have strong computer skills including the use of applicable Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).


  • The candidate must have a BS in engineering, operations research, mathematics, or physical science from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 8 years of experience or a minimum of 12 years of directly applicable experience with no degree.

  • The candidate should have a minimum 5 years applicable OT&E experience of complex systems.

  • Candidates should be able to lead and direct staff in the execution of OT&E events and be able to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment

  • The candidate must be able to travel 25 to 50 %.

  • U.S. Citizen with eligibility and willingness to obtain and maintain a DOD Secret Security Clearance and to obtain both TSA and DHS Suitability.


  • Prior experience working for TSA or DHS leading the OT&E of security technologies.

  • Experience with Explosive Detection Technologies and/or Baggage Handling Systems (BHS).

  • Already possess a Secret Security Clearance.

  • Already possess TSA Security Suitability.


The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle’s Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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