Profession biochemistry technician

Biochemistry technicians provide technical assistance in researching, analysing and testing the reactions caused by chemicals in living organisms. They use laboratory equipment to help develop or improve chemical-based products and also collect and analyse data for experiments, compile reports and maintain laboratory stock.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Laboratory equipment

    The tools and equipment used by scientists and other scientific professionals in a laboratory.

  • Biology

    Tissues, cells, and functions of plant and animal organisms and their interdependencies and interactions with each other and the environment.

  • Biological chemistry

    Biological chemistry is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Genetics

    The study of heredity, genes and variations in living organisms. Genetic science seeks to understand the process of trait inheritance from parents to offspring and the structure and behaviour of genes in living beings.

  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

  • Biotechnology

    Technology that utilises, modifies or harnesses biological systems, organisms, and cellular components to develop new technologies and products for specific uses.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

Skills

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Analyse experimental laboratory data

    Analyse experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings

  • Manage inventory

    Control product inventory in balance of availability and storage costs.

  • Collect samples for analysis

    Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

  • Calibrate laboratory equipment

    Calibrate laboratory equipment by comparing between measurements: one of known magnitude or correctness, made with a trusted device and a second measurement from another piece of laboratory equipment. Make the measurements in as similar a way as possible.

  • Assist in the production of laboratory documentation

    Assist in documenting laboratory work, especially paying attention to policies and standard operating procedures.

  • Maintain laboratory equipment

    Clean laboratory glassware and other equipment after use and it for damage or corrosion in order to ensure its proper functioning.

  • Write technical reports

    Compose technical customer reports understandable for people without technical background.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Use laboratory equipment

    Make correct use of laboratory equipment when working in a laboratory.

Optional knowledge and skills

toxicology hazardous waste storage perform chemical experiments analyse blood samples analyse cell cultures write research proposals maintain database keep task records pharmacology prepare visual data clinical cytology endocrinology evolutionary biology virology microbiology-bacteriology label samples analytical chemistry preserve samples communicable diseases