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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.


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.

Bachelors degree and some related experience or equivalent combination required

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

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 fields.



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