Laboratory Technician

Working under the direction of the Principal Investigator and/or Laboratory Manager, Laboratory Technicians perform a variety of somewhat complex activities performed within a number of standard procedures and policies. Decisions involve selection of the appropriate procedures/techniques to follow among several standard alternatives.

Duties of a Laboratory Technician may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting a variety of experiments using various techniques and procedures
  • Developing and maintaining study/laboratory protocols and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Performing qualitative and quantitative data analysis and interpretation
  • Making recommendations regarding the modification and improvement of methods, procedures and techniques
  • Participating in research publications on projects such as preparing experimental sections of publications
  • Performing literature searches
  • Assisting in presenting research results at laboratory meetings and scientific conferences
  • Ensuring safe laboratory practices are adhered to including biohazard/ chemical storage and disposal
  • Instructing laboratory users in proper research methodologies (required protocols and appropriate procedures, data acquisition and analysis) and safety standards
  • Setting up, demonstrating and explaining equipment usage, experimental techniques and methodologies to researchers and students
  • Overseeing general laboratory administration, maintenance and inventory

Note: When assessing the level of positions, the following elements are taken into consideration: the work described; the context in which the work is done; the organizational structure; and comparable positions on campus.

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