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This is the third 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 II follows defined procedures and makes decisions among a limited number of procedural choices.


Performs mostly laboratory/bench work.

May assign lab identification; log in samples; prepare samples for analyses (drying, grinding); extract soil samples (washing, etc.); dispose (& if necessary, record) animal waste or plant material; analyze samples; prepare & maintain cultures, etc.

Associates degree and some related experience required.

Area-specific certification (i.e.; SCUBA) and training may be required. Other training will be provided as appropriate (i.e.; UGA HazMat training).

Must have manual dexterity.

Ability to accurately observe and record results.

Applies strong knowledge of field and laboratory methods, materials & techniques; and principles of physical/biological sciences.



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