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.