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Job #: R-00096715
Location: Remote, US
Category: Proj and Prog Management
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 100%
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

The Science Planning Manager is a senior member of the Science & Technical Project Services (S&TPS) department for the Leidos Antarctic Support Contract, and reports directly to the S&TPS Manager. They direct the processes and full scope of the science event planning from proposal supportability assessments to developing the operational plan and are responsible for the content and delivery of the Allocated Resource Summary.   They are one of the key points of contact for NSF Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section on defining the scope and level of resources required.  They provide a high level of leadership and management for a team of 5 to 7 S&TPS full time employees and work closely with the S&TPS Implementation Manager and their team on project execution and closeout.

About the Antarctic Support Contract:

Leidos Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) is the prime contractor to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). Leidos supports the NSF’s Office of Polar Program’s Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics by aligning with their Mission and Vision Statements:

  • Vision Expanding our scientific reach in Antarctica through increased operational and logistical effectiveness.

  • Mission To provide the operational and logistical platform necessary for the U.S. to conduct world-class science in Antarctica and maintain its active and influential presence on the continent.

Leidos ASC provides science and logistics support for approximately 150 science and technical events across three geographically remote research stations; McMurdo Station, Palmer Station, and South Pole Station and several deep field sites across Antarctica. Each station or field site supports world class research across multiple science disciplines.  The planning and implementation of science support requirements in Antarctica is a critical part of our mission.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Leader of the Science Planning group and oversees a team of 5 to 7 full-time science planners who review support requirements and plan the out-year science support for 70 to 100 NSF funded science projects in Antarctica every year. 

  • Works closely with the NSF/OPP Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Division (AIL) and Antarctic Science Division (ANT) program officers on the supportability of proposed scientific research.  

  • Manages the team that reviews resource requirements for new NSF grant proposals.

  • Oversees the team that produces Science Logistics Supportability Assessments and Operational Notices with the principal investigators (PIs) and the NSF/OPP Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Division (AIL) to define event scope in line with NSF authorization.

  • Oversees the development and publication of the annual USAP Science Planning Summary which describes science and technical events that will conduct fieldwork in Antarctica during the upcoming field season.

  • Integrates with all branches of ASC for accurate out-year planning and management of key program resources

  • Develops long range (5 to 10 year) strategic plans for currently funded and proposed science events and produces the contract deliverable Allocated Resource Summary document on a quarterly basis to the NSF and ASC managers

  • Ensures close coordination with S&TPS stakeholders, NSF AIL Managers, NSF ANT Program Officers, and cross-functional areas for seamless science support. Facilitates requested changes between science teams, ASC, and NSF. Coordinates with S&TPS Science Implementation if current season changes will affect out-year activities.

  • Executes tasks independently in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, and works in a collaborative and interactive manner with USAP work centers, S&TPS management and NSF personnel.

Basic Qualifications:

  • At a minimum requires a Bachelor of Science in a natural science and 5 additional years of relevant experience or a Masters with 3 additional years of relevant experience.  

  • Must have at least 2+ years of experience supervising or leading teams or projects, including project management, budget monitoring or planning experience.  Must be able to demonstrate an ability to review scientific proposals for logistical content and assess logistics support requirements.  

  • Must demonstrate a familiarity with conducting scientific field research.  

  • Excellent organizational, written, oral, and presentation skills are a must, as well as attention to details.  

  • Must have a strong working knowledge of MS Office Suite products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.  

  • Must be customer service oriented and diplomatic. 

  • Must be a US Citizen or green card holder to meet contractual requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PMP Certification

  • Familiarity with National Science Foundation’s funding cycles and planning is highly desirable.

  • Previous experience conducting research or supporting science in the USAP is preferred.

Deployment may be required in this position at the discretion of management. In order to deploy to Antarctica, the individual in the position must successfully complete the physical and dental examinations, as required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica.

Ability to obtain a Public Trust security clearance is required for this position.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $81,900.00 - $126,000.00 - $170,100.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.


About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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