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Laboratory Instrument Technician

Company: Leidos Inc
Location: Reston
Posted on: January 18, 2023

Job Description:

Description Job Description:The Laboratory Instrument Technician 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.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).This a winter position will be based at Palmer Station. The standard work schedule for this position is 54 hours per week.Primary Responsibilities:
    • 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.Basic Qualifications:
      • Requires deep understanding of and ability to apply principles, theories, and concepts of technical domain and has broad understanding of other related specialty areas.
      • Typically requires BS and 4 - 8 years of prior relevant experience or Masters with 2 - 6 years of prior relevant experience.
      • Must be able to work independently to achieve day-to-day objectives with significant impact on operational results or project deliverables.Preferred Qualifications:
        • 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.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.Pay Range:Pay Range $78,000.00 - $120,000.00 - $162,000.00The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline onlyand 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.

Keywords: Leidos Inc, Reston , Laboratory Instrument Technician, Healthcare , Reston, Virginia

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