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Leidos Lab Assistant (Antarctica) in Remote, United States


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 October to February (summer) or February to October (winter).

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This is a seasonal position, and deployment to McMurdo Station, Antarctic is required for a period of 6 months. The candidate in the position must complete the physical and dental examinations required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica.

Due to contract requirements, US Citizenship is required.

Must obtain a Public Trust security clearance prior to start date. This process could take up to 4 months.

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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.

To learn more about the Leidos Antarctic Support contract, click here (https://www.leidos.com/capabilities/mission-operations/antarctic-support-contract) .

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Primary Responsibilities:

  • 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 hazards 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 spaces, 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)

What Sets You Apart:

  • BS degree in a Science field, and 2 – 4 years of prior relevant experience. Scientific field work a plus. Additional years of experience will be considered in lieu of degree.

  • A successful candidate must demonstrate organizational and interpersonal skills and be self-motivated to identify and carry out projects and requests on their own.

You May Also Have:

  • Experience working at McMurdo Station or within the US Antarctic Program.

At Leidos, the opportunities are boundless. We inspire our staff with interesting assignments that allow them to thrive professionally and personally. For us, helping you grow your career is good business. We look forward to learning more about you – apply today!

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $65,000.00 - $117,500.00

The 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.

REQNUMBER: R-00138391

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an equal opportunity employer/disability/vet.