Profession biology technician

Biology technicians provide technical assistance in researching and analysing the relationship between living organisms and their environment. They use laboratory equipment to examine organic substances such as bodily fluids, medicines, plants and food. They collect and analyse data for experiments, compile reports and maintain laboratory stock.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • Biology

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

  • Laboratory equipment

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

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Assist in the production of laboratory documentation

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

  • Manage inventory

    Control product inventory in balance of availability and storage costs.

  • Perform scientific research

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

  • Analyse experimental laboratory data

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

  • Collect samples for analysis

    Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.

  • Apply scientific methods

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

  • Use laboratory equipment

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

  • Collect biological data

    Collect biological specimens, record and summarise biological data for use in technical studies, developing environmental management plans and biological products.

  • Perform laboratory tests

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

Optional knowledge and skills

analyse blood samples write research proposals chemistry prepare visual data botany animal welfare legislation pollution prevention analyse cell cultures label samples evolutionary biology virology monitor the welfare of animals microbiology-bacteriology perform field research pharmacology biosecurity keep task records molecular biology applied zoology maintain database oceanography preserve samples environmental legislation ecology pathology hazardous waste storage