Job Description The Leidos Corporation is seeking a Laboratory Assistant to assist with all aspects of laboratory facility management and logistical or technical support for science teams deployed to Antarctica. This position is a seasonal position and deploys to McMurdo Station Antarctica from either August to February (summer) or February to October (winter).
Dependent on the Austral season (winter or summer) tasking includes, but is not limited to:
- Coordinating with various agencies and Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) departments for facility inspections, tours, and the completion of work orders/ tasking within the facility.
- Ensuring laboratory users maintain safe laboratory practices as outlined in the Chemical Hygiene Plan by orienting users to the facility, informing users of all standard safety expectations, highlighting emergency response procedures, presenting primary hazardous of the facility, and conducting routine laboratory inspections.
- Assisting in the planning, allocation, and adaptation of laboratory resources and equipment for current or upcoming science teams.
- Coordinating intra- and intercontinental science sample movements with both scientists and a variety of work centers.
- Preparing weekly and end-of-season status reports. Creating and updating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), as necessary.
- Conducting the cleaning, organization and preparation of laboratories, offices, aquarium facilities, loading docks, staging space, cold storage rooms, conference rooms, and other common-use areas within the facility.
- Monitoring and maintaining the aquarium, cold storage rooms, and all shared-use areas within the facility.
- Managing inventory and tracking of samples, equipment, or other resources as necessary.
- Briefing various agencies and ASC departments on current research; providing tours of laboratory facilities.
- Monitoring the Duty Pager and being on-call 24/7 for alarms or issues approximately one week of every month.
- Providing input on suggested improvements to the laboratory spaces and associated systems that would enhance their use as research facilities.
- Shoveling and otherwise maintaining entrances/exits to the facility for safe and proper egress.
- Supporting the Hazardous Materials Specialist with monitoring the receipt, inventory, disposal and proper use of hazardous laboratory chemicals. Assisting with the segregation and packaging of laboratory solid wastes for proper disposal, reuse, and/or recycling. Monitoring the use of radioisotopes and radiation producing equipment by National Science Foundation (NSF)/ Office of Polar Programs' (OPP) approved groups. Providing cryogen support where required.
- Supporting the Instrument Technician by testing, maintaining and calibrating equipment and instrumentation as requested for operations.
- Managing all laboratory activities. (winter only)
- Being the primary science liaison which includes: coordinating with other work centers and departments for facility inspections, tours, and the completion of work orders/ tasking within the facility. (winter only)
The individual in the position must successfully complete the physical and dental examinations as required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica. Failure to meet these requirements may result in withdrawal of employment offer or other employment action. Must be able to obtain a Public Trust clearance.
Typical Education and Experience include: Typically requires BS degree and 2 - 4 years of prior relevant experience. Scientific field work a plus. Additional years of experience will be considered in lieu of degree.