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United States Antarctic Program   McMurdo Station

Lab Assistant

Governance, NGO, Public sector
West Antarctic region
2 weeks ago

This position is a seasonal position and deploys to McMurdo Station, Antarctica from either October to February (summer) or February to October (winter).

Don’t miss this opportunity to join a dynamic team and make a difference. Apply now!

*** 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.

Your greatest work is ahead!

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.

Are you ready to join a team dedicated to a mission? Begin your journey of a flourishing and meaningful career, share your resume with us today!

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.




United States Antarctic Program