Laboratory Technician Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Laboratory Technician, or Lab Assistant provides technical support to Scientists performing medical trials or tests. Their primary duties include collecting and organising specimens, operating lab equipment and handling hazardous waste.


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Laboratory Technician duties and responsibilities

Laboratory Technicians play a vital role in the diagnoses and prevention of diseases. They work under the supervision of a Medical Technologist, Lab Manager or a Physician. Their daily duties responsibilities include:

  • Collecting, testing, processing, labelling and processing samples using appropriate equipment
  • Recording observations and interpreting findings in conformity to standard testing procedures
  • Conducting experiments under specified conditions to verify or reject hypotheses using advanced scientific methods
  • Recording test results and experimental data accurately in electronic or written format
  • Maintaining a clean and safe laboratory environment according to environmental and health standards
  • Arranging and storing compressed gases, chemical substances and fluids according to the safety instructions
  • Ordering laboratory supplies, including test tools and equipment for research
  • Calculating and reporting experiment and test results to the Team Leader


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Example 1

*Laboratory Technician* Our manufacturing company needs a full-time Lab Technician. The successful candidate will be responsible for testing materials and finished products, ensuring correct composition and to identify any quality control issues that need to be corrected. We’re looking for a professional with experience in data collection and interpretation as well as the storage and retrieval of samples, in a laboratory setting. *Key Responsibilities / Duties / Accountabilities: * · Registration, preparation and analysis of samples as required. · Ensure that all laboratory samples are analysed accurately and in a timely manner. · Updating QC records, basic maintenance and checks of laboratory equipment. · Preparation and administration of samples. · General laboratory housekeeping duties. · Training and supervising staff, as required. · Highlight and report on all of raw materials and finished product. · Fulfilling ad hoc duties, as requested by the Quality and Process Improvement Engineer. · Assist the Quality Technician with routine tasks, as required. *Knowledge, Skills & Experience* · Science Degree or relevant laboratory experience. (We also welcome applications from students who are expected to graduate in 2021) · Good organisational skills in managing their own workload. · Ability to work in a small team with minimal supervision. · Capability to work on a number of tasks and manage priorities. · Competent level of IT Literacy (particularly with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook). · Methodical in their approach to tasks, with good attention to detail. · Possesses an interest in problem solving and statistical techniques, applicable to quality control and production processes. · Be driven to succeed and develop their own potential, within the business. Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Work remotely: * No

Example 2

*Job title: *Science Laboratory Technician Apprentice *Employer: *St Richards Catholic College, Bexhill - on - Sea, TN40 1SE *Salary: *£17,017 p/a *Hours*_: _ Monday - Friday, 40 hours p/w *Apprenticeship programme*: Level 3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship *Programme duration: *24 Months *Brief overview of the role* A Science Laboratory Technician is required to join a friendly and successful Science Department. We are looking for someone who will show initiative and contribute to the smooth running of the department. Relevant experience and qualifications are desirable. Under the supervision of the Subject Leader/Senior Science Technician, to co-ordinate the use of practical resources and facilities, and provide assistance and advice in meeting the practical needs of the science curriculum, including liaising with teaching staff and support staff outside the department. *Vacancy description* * To ensure the maintenance of a healthy and safe working environment through: * actively contributing to the assessment, monitoring and review of both health and safety procedures and information resources * keeping up-to-date with current procedures and practices through continuing professional development * the provision of technical advice and support on health and safety issues to teaching and trainee teachers * the safe treatment and disposal of used materials including hazardous substances and responding to actual or potential hazards * the healthy and safe storage and accessibility of equipment and materials. * To carry out health and safety and risk assessments relating to laboratory work and apply COSHH regulations and assessments. * To assist the Subject Leader/Senior Technician with the day to day organisation and development of trainee staff to ensure that essential performances standards are achieved. * To contribute to the design, development and maintenance of specialist resources and/or long term projects. * To support the Subject Leader/Senior Technician in ensuring the availability of suitable materials and equipment, helping to compile orders and liaising or negotiating with suppliers and the Finance department. This will include sourcing, costing and suggesting economic alternatives to maintain stock levels. Keeping up-to-date records of stock. * Under the overall guidance of the Senior Technician, to ensure that both routine and non-routine checking, cleaning, maintenance, calibration, testing and repairing of equipment are carried out to the required standard. * To assist in practical classes and carry out demonstrations. * To manage the preparation and maintenance of teaching resources for science staff. * To support extra-curricular activities providing equipment and advice, when needed. * To carry out the above duties in accordance with the Education Department’s Equal Opportunities Policy. *Desired skills* * Ability to carry out risk assessments in relation to laboratory work. * Ability to maintain a range of tools and equipment. * Ability to prepare equipment and materials for lessons, as requested by the teaching staff. * Ability to work in an organised and methodical manner. * Ability to identify work priorities and manage own workload within agreed parameters * Ability to establish positive relationships with pupils, including those with special educational needs. * Ability to converse at ease with colleagues and provide advice in accurate spoken English. * Ability to maintain accurate work records and inventories. * Ability to work effectively as part of a team. Desired qualities * Ability to demonstrate commitment to Equal Opportunities. * Willingness to participate in further training and developmental opportunities offered by the school, Teaching School and Local Authority, to further knowledge. * Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation as it relates to the work of a school. * Knowledge of COSHH and ESCC regulations in relation to the safe handling and storage of chemicals. * Knowledge of safe working practices in relation to the handling and usage of hazardous equipment and tools. * Some knowledge of National Curriculum requirements. *Desired qualifications* * Grade C in GCSE Maths and Science (or equivalent) is mandatory * Grade C or equivalent in English is an advantage. *Future prospects* * Progression to [website] * Job in the school. * Advancement to senior positions or to teacher training. *Things to consider* * Please note, candidates living within a 1 hour commute radius of the vacancy location will be prioritised Job Types: Full-time, Apprenticeship Salary: £17,017.00 per year Schedule: * Monday to Friday Ability to * Bexhill TN40 1SE (preferred) Education: * GCSE or equivalent (preferred) Work remotely: * No

Example 3

*ALS provides a broad range of testing and analytical services to a wide variety of end markets and industries around the globe. We continue to remain at the forefront of the testing services industry, building an enviable reputation.* Basis: Permanent / Full Time Shift: 4 days on 4 days off - 09:00 - 21:00 or Monday to Friday 12:30 to 21:00 *About the Position* The Laboratory Technician will work within the Microbiology Laboratory at ALS Trowbridge. Working as part of a team the Laboratory Technician will assist in the microbiological testing of samples, help with the daily quality function, and aid the efficient operation of the laboratory in order to meet customer and internal requirements. The position will involve: * Preparing samples for analysis including weighing and performing serial dilutions. * Analysing samples for a wide range of routine microbiological indicator organisms and pathogens. * Sub culturing broths. * Reading plates and calculating results. * Data and result entry into the LIMS system. * Ensuring assigned work is carried out in a timely fashion following the relevant procedures. About you To be successful in this role you will have: * No previous experience necessary * The ability to work alone and as part of a team in a busy laboratory. * A keen eye for detail and the ability to work on own initiative. * Good communication skills, written and oral. * Be able to accurately follow written procedures. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and skilled person looking to develop their career in an international company. Reference ID: SMTRW Job Type: Full-time Salary: From £18,533.00 per year Ability to * Trowbridge, Wiltshire (required)

Example 4

*Overall purpose: * You will be involved in conducting and supporting scientific investigations and experiments. You will provide technical support to enable the laboratory to function effectively. *Main duties: * * Working with the responsible scientist to carefully produce Sodium-ion battery cells for research and testing purposes * Getting involved with the production of battery cells from start to finish, producing coatings, electrode preparation, electrode stacking, cell packaging, electrolyte filling, and cell formation and testing * Reporting critical production feedback to help assist with the optimisation of the production process * Scale up and optimisation of novel battery materials, including materials synthesis and characterisation * Optimising battery performance through identifying and resolving problems * Examining and evaluating battery electrochemical cycling test data as well as ex-situ diagnostic studies * Maintaining scientific equipment *Education / qualifications / training required: * * You will have a STEM or Technical degree or equivalent experience in an R&D environment *Previous work experience required: * _Essential: _ * Experience in laboratory or production, either in a commercial organisation or through University _Desirable: _ * _E_xperience with battery materials, inert atmosphere glove box procedures, and electrochemical techniques *Personal skills / behaviours / qualities: * _Essential: _ * Have a proactive attitude and will not be daunted by new challenges * Be self-motivated * Be willing to travel for occasional national and international excursions, if required * Be committed to working in a safe and conscientious matter *Additional information: * We are looking for a dynamic, dedicated, individual with a flair for innovation who will contribute across the team, and who is appreciative of the importance of hard work. Faradion has a legal responsibility to ensure that allits employees have the legal right to live and work in the UK. This will be checked during our recruitment process. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer sponsorship for UK Work Visas. Application deadline: 25/06/2021 Job Types: Full-time, Contract Salary: £20,000.00-£25,000.00 per year Benefits: * Sick pay Schedule: * 8 hour shift * Monday to Friday COVID-19 considerations: Faradion is an Equal Opportunities employer. First interviews are video conference, second are in-person interviews at the relevant premises. If you require any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process, please email Work remotely: * No

Example 5

*Job title: *Laboratory Technician *Employer: *Broadway Academy *Salary: *£156.95 per week *Hours*_: _36.5 per week (term-time only plus 2 weeks) *Apprenticeship programme*: Level 3 Laboratory Technician *Programme duration: *21 Months *Brief overview of the role* Broadway is a successful Academy in North Birmingham with an inclusive ‘can do’ attitude. We aim to support all young people in achieving their ambitions. This is captured in our motto: “Our Children, Our Community, Believe it can be done!” The Science Department teaches chemistry, physics and biology and has some of the best results in all key stages in the Academy. We are working hard as a department to raise the standards of teaching, learning and examination performance in Science. Our main objectives are to: * Offer a broad, rich curriculum experience so that our pupils are passionate about Science * Have outstanding GCSE and A level results resulting from high quality teaching and learning * Increase the uptake of students onto science courses * Raise the aspirations of GCSE Science students through STEM and enrichment. The department is supported by two very experienced Science technicians and we are keen to develop someone into the technician role through the apprenticeship. *Vacancy description* * The apprentice science technician will be guided and supervised by the Senior Science technician. * You will learn how to prepare equipment and materials for science lessons and to tidy and clean equipment after lessons. * You will be expected to carry out checks and maintenance of equipment. * You will be trained in how to prepare materials requested by staff to support their teaching. * The job also involves storing and transporting science equipment and materials safely and checking and reporting on stock levels and helping with ordering new stocks and supplies. * You will be expected to help at parents’ evenings and open evenings * You will update information systems for the science department and provide general assistance with the resources and support that teachers need. * Working in line with health and safety guidance is essential to this work. * Updating information systems as required *Desired skills* * Good technical and practical skills * Good organisational and planning skills * The ability to work to tight deadlines * Good attention to detail and accuracy * IT literate with high degree of data input accuracy * Ability to work within strict Health and Safety guidelines * Good and confident communication with a range of people including students and teachers * Ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence using the English Language (as required by Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016) *Personal qualities* * Good attendance and punctuality * Conscientious and polite * Willingness to be flexible to meet emergency / changing situations * Able to show behaviours in line with the school values of optimism, respect, responsibility, integrity, generosity, appreciation, aspiration and inclusivity. *Desired qualifications* * Good overall GCSE grades (or functional skills tests via the training provider if required) for English and Maths * Good GCSE grades in one or more sciences *Future prospects* We would hope to be able to offer a permanent job to a successful apprentice but cannot guarantee this as it will depend on the school’s plans and budgets. However, we can provide an excellent opportunity to become qualified and experienced in a field where there are not enough qualified people! So, this apprenticeship could lead to employment in another school or college. We are passionate about staff development, so you will have the opportunity to take advantage of other training and development in the school. *Things to consider* * Working hours: 08:00 - 15:48 (including 30 min lunch break) * Monday - Friday, term time plus 2 weeks of school holiday *Please note, priority will be given to candidates living within 1 hour of the site location.* Application deadline: 09/07/2021 Expected start date: 01/09/2021 Job Types: Full-time, Apprenticeship Salary: Up to £156.95 per week Schedule: * Monday to Friday Ability to * Birmingham B20 3DP: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (preferred) Education: * GCSE or equivalent (required) Work remotely: * No

What does a Laboratory Technician do?

Laboratory Technician ensures that all  the laboratory operations, such as testing, run smoothly. In university laboratories or publicly funded laboratories, they help Researchers perform tests on various samples including biological specimens, chemical compounds and fluids. They may work alone or as part of a scientific team, depending on the duties assigned to them.

Most Laboratory Technicians work around 40 hours a week. Sometimes, their work involves on-call duties and shifts. Laboratory Technicians work in various forensic departments, educational institutions, manufacturing companies and health facilities. 


Laboratory Technician skills and qualifications

A successful Laboratory Technicians candidate will have certain prerequisite skills and qualification that typically include:

  • Experience with numerical calculations and concepts such as ratios, percentages and fractions
  • Ability to handle delicate laboratory equipment, small vials  and test tubes
  • Patience to work under pressure with excellent hand-eye coordination skills
  • Physical strength to carry, lift and move heavy equipment and stand on their feet for long hours
  •  Excellent report writing skills
  • Working knowledge of electrical and non-electrical laboratory equipment
  • Excellent time management, analytical and team working skills
  •  Basic knowledge of laboratory procedures and safety guidelines to work with dangerous substances like flammable materials and biohazards


Laboratory Technician experience requirements

Employers usually value experience in a laboratory environment, as it not only shows the candidates’ familiarity with laboratory procedures, but also demonstrates their interest and commitment in the field. Some employers require candidates to have some part-time or voluntary work experience in a scientific or laboratory setting. Other employers consider candidates who have shadowed someone in their organisation.


Laboratory Technician education and training requirements

While a degree isn’t necessary, many employers prefer candidates who have a bachelor’s degree or HNC/HND in fields such as physics, pharmacology, forensic science, environmental science, chemistry, biotechnology, biomedical science or biology. 

Some employers accept candidates without a degree, provided that they have GCSEs or science-related A-levels (or equivalent). Other employers prefer candidates with relevant vocational qualifications such as NVQs in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities or Laboratory Sciences. They also consider candidates who completed an apprenticeship. 


Laboratory Technician salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary of a Laboratory Technician in the UK is £21,071 per year. Their actual salary may vary depending on factors, including their degree of experience,  level of education and employer-specific requirements. 


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Laboratory Technician job description FAQs


What are the different types of Laboratory Technicians?

There are many types of Technicians. General Technicians perform tests and analyse a range of specimen samples under the supervision of a Technologist or Team Leader. Histology Technicians work under the guidance of a Doctor, Researcher or Scientist, study minute biological substances and determine how they are related functionally and structurally. A Medical Laboratory Technician performs tests aimed at helping Physicians diagnose and treat diseases, usually under the supervision of a Medical Technologist or Physician.


Who does a Laboratory Technician report to?

Laboratory Technicians report to the Team leader or Laboratory Manager, Physician, Medical Technologist, Researcher or Scientist. 


Who reports to the Laboratory Technician?

When a new member of the laboratory staff is hired, they report to the Laboratory Technician, who organises their training  and ensures they acquire relevant knowledge regarding laboratory protocol and testing processes.


What should you look for in a Laboratory Technician's CV?

Look for the applicant’s laboratory accomplishments, work experience and certifications. If they can’t quantify their accomplishments, you may look for their related awards. Also, look for specific experience and skills and whether they match what you’re looking for. Make sure their career goals align with the position.

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