Laboratory Instrument Technician
Company: Leidos Inc
Posted on: January 18, 2023
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
- 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
- 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
- Assists in packaging of capital equipment, instruments,
materials, and supplies for recalibration, repair, or
- 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
- Prepares weekly and end of season status reports as
- 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
- 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
- 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
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