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 Instrument Technician to join the USAP. This position is responsible for assisting in the safe operation and maintenance of laboratories in support of USAP scientists at Palmer Station, Antarctica. Laboratories include analytical chemistry, computer, microbiology, microscopy, molecular biology, radioisotope, seawater aquaria and general use laboratories configured to support atmospheric physics, geology, and glaciology projects.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
- Assists in review of research requirements, planning and scheduling of laboratory support for science projects.
- Assists in researching, evaluating, justifying, and procuring laboratory and field instruments and equipment.
- Assists in receipt and inventory of capital equipment, instruments, materials and supplies.
- Provides input to the S&TPS Peninsula Implementation Manager on suggested improvements to the laboratories and the associated systems that would enhance their use as research facilities.
- Briefs scientists on safe laboratory practices and care and maintenance of USAP owned instrumentation.
- Assists in monitoring the receipt, inventory, and proper use and disposal of hazardous laboratory chemicals including radioisotopes.
- Assists in segregating and packaging laboratory solid wastes for proper disposal, reuse, and/or recycling.
- Assists in the installation, calibration, and maintenance of instruments and equipment.
- Assists in maintaining appropriate and accurate inventories of spare parts.
- Assists in packaging of capital equipment, instruments, materials, and supplies for recalibration, repair, or replacement.
- Assists in scheduling and coordinating the fabrication of equipment and other support requests made by science projects.
- Assists in providing cryogens, monitoring the safe use of cryogens, and monitoring a cryogenic supplies inventory.
- Conducts briefings on research and tours of the laboratory facilities for distinguished visitors.
- Responsible for implementing and maintaining a safe workplace program and ensuring that safety is the highest priority on the job site.
- Prepares weekly and end of season status reports as necessary.
- Performs other duties as required, including community duties such as janitorial, snow removal and emergency response.
- Optional: participation on an Emergency Response Team (ERT). Examples are the Fire Brigade, Trauma Team and Search and Rescue.
- This a winter position will be based at Palmer Station. The standard work schedule for this position is 54 hours per week.
- Bachelor's Degree and 4 – 8 years of prior relevant experience or Master's Degree 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.
- 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.***
- Four years of laboratory or observatory technical work experience. Laboratory or observatory technical work should include operational experience utilizing analytical equipment.
- A background in an academic research environment providing direct support to science projects is highly desirable.
- Previous experience working in Antarctica or another remote research station is desired.
Pay Range:Pay Range $71,500.00 - $110,000.00 - $148,500.00
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.
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