Laboratory Technician Duties
This is the fourth in a series of six titles for positions
involving the performance and management of positions in a
scientific laboratory. The Laboratory family series is
identified by a predominant amount of time spent on bench work.
These typical duties include running laboratory protocols, data
collection and recording (performing sample analysis for
external clients, maintaining laboratory equipment, calibrating
laboratory instruments), data management, data analysis and /or
assist with student labs in a "production" lab environment.
Laboratory Technician positions are not connected to specific
research and do not require interpretation of results.
Therefore, Laboratory Technician II and Laboratory Technician
III are distinct and separate titles compared to Research
Technician II and Research Technician III.
The Laboratory Technician III adjusts procedures if needed,
assists with the technical design of projects, and may supervise
students and other technicians.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Performs mostly laboratory/bench work.
May conduct various laboratory tests and analyze results,
analyze data, maintain computer records, conduct and analyze
literature searches, train new personnel, supervise Laboratory
Technicians I & II, and maintain supplies.
May be responsible for specialized tasks.
May be responsible for HazMat disposal and for maintaining
Hazmat, radioisotope, etc. records.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelors degree and some related experience or equivalent
Area-specific certification (i.e.; SCUBA) and training may be
required. Other training will be provided as appropriate (i.e.;
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Must have manual dexterity.
Ability to accurately observe and record results.
Ability to contact outside agencies.
Applies extensive knowledge of field and laboratory methods,
materials & techniques, principles of physical/biological
sciences, and procedures & safety regulations in specialized