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Job #: R-00070281
Location: Centennial, CO
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 100% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

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.

**This position requires deployment to Antarctica and has a contract length of 8 months from approximately March to October (Austral Winter).**

Leidos is seeking a Palmer Research Associate in support of the USAP. In accordance with overall technical direction, guidance, and protocols provided by grantees, subcontractors, and the National Science Foundation, the Research Scientist position supports a variety of scientific research projects in the physical and astrophysical sciences at remote Antarctic field stations, works with advanced scientific instrumentation, assists in the collection of data, and carries out research protocols for NSF grantees.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Maintains, trouble shoots, and repairs a variety of equipment used in the long-term monitoring of physical phenomena including (but not limited to) UV spectroradiometers, GPS receivers, VLF radio receivers, neutron and radio-nuclide detectors, seismometers, all sky imagers, lasers, magnetometers, photometers, interferometers, and other optical instruments.
  • Collects, archives, and transmits data and status reports to project researchers.
  • Regularly employs ingenuity and creativity to develop new technical solutions and systems in order to achieve functional objectives.
  • Uses digital and analog electronic equipment to diagnose and repair instruments and computer hardware failures.
  • Supports Grantees by ensuring timely problem resolution, minimizing data collection interruptions, and notifying grantees of outages, issues, and maintenance schedules.
  • Maintains appropriate project logbooks, documents and email records. Updates standard operating procedures.
  • Administers, operates, and maintains computer-based data acquisition systems. Coordinates with the IT department on computer configurations and networking topology issues such as firewall access and IP addresses.
  • Receives and inventories capital equipment, instruments, materials, and supplies. Maintains accurate inventory of spare parts for equipment and instruments, and prepares resupply lists.
  • Assists with life-cycle management and informs grantees or staff on replacement timelines.
  • Occasionally conducts briefings on research and tours of facilities for distinguished visitors.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Calibrates and repairs meteorological, thermosalinograph, and tide gauge instrumentation. Collects and distributes encoded synoptic weather reports in conformance with WMO standards.
  • Operates and maintains a weather satellite tracking antenna. Knowledge of low-earth-orbit (LEO) and polar orbit satellite systems, and multi-spectral image processing. Demonstrates understanding of visible, infrared, and microwave imagery products.
  • Provides real-time imagery, remote-sensing support, and other data as needed for logistical and operational concerns as requested by research vessel or operations personnel.
  • Maintains, operates, and repairs meterological equipment and weather towers, including programming MATLAB and powershell scripts to integrate data with network.
  • Manual labor as needed including excavating buried experiments and station maintenance.
  • Community duties which may include washing dishes and cleaning common areas.
  • Optional: participation on an Emergency Response Team (ERT). Examples are the Fire Brigade, Trauma Team and Search and Rescue.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS and 4 – 8 years of prior relevant experience or Masters with 2 – 6 years of prior relevant experience.
  • Requires deep understanding of and ability to apply principles, theories, and concepts of technical domain and has broad understanding of other related specialty areas.
  • Must be able to work independently to achieve day-to-day objectives with significant impact on operational results or project deliverables.
  • Fluency with networking topics and file transfer tools required. Administrator ability for Macintosh and Linux/Unix platforms required. Unix system administration ability required.
  • Must be a US Citizen or green card holder.

***Deployment to Antarctica is required for this position. 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.***

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Master’s degree or higher in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or other engineering discipline is preferred. A background in an academic research environment providing direct support to science projects is preferred.
  • Experience in general computer repair including IBM-PC, Macintosh and network equipment preferred.
  • Experience with Python and SQL databases; RA should be able to write scripts for automation and reporting, including visualizations.
  • Experience in Power BI.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $71,500.00 - $110,000.00 - $148,500.00

COVID Response

Effective October 1, in order to enter Leidos facilities in the US and to attend Leidos business events outside our facilities, employees will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or maintain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of entry.  Effective January 18, 2022, all Leidos employees must be fully vaccinated (2 weeks past final dose) unless they are entitled to a legal accommodation. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC. 

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information 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 43,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021.  For more information, visit

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