Profession scientific laboratory technician

Scientific laboratory technicians carry out laboratory-based research, analysis and testing and support life science professionals. They sample, test, measure, research and analyse in areas such as biology, biotechnology, environmental science, forensic science and pharmacology. Scientific laboratory technicians also observe and monitor laboratory activities, record test sequences and analyse the results.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • 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

  • Work safely with chemicals

    Take the necessary precautions for storing, using and disposing chemical products.

  • Use chemical analysis equipment

    Use the laboratory equipment such as Atomic Absorption equimpent, PH and conductivity meters or salt spray chambre.

  • 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.

  • Test chemical samples

    Perform the testing procedures on the already prepared chemical samples, by using the necessary equipment and materials. Chemical sample testing involves operations such as pipetting or diluting schemes.

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

  • Prepare samples for testing

    Take and prepare samples for testing, verify their representability; avoid bias and any possibility of accidental or deliberate contamination. Provide clear numbering, labelling and recording of the sample details, in order to make sure that the results can be accurately matched to the original material.

  • Mix chemicals

    Mix chemical substances safely according to recipe, using the proper dosages.

  • Maintain laboratory equipment

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

  • Perform sample testing

    Examine and perform tests on prepared samples; avoid any possibility of accidental or deliberate contamination during the testing phase. Operate sampling equipment in line with design parameters.

  • Perform laboratory tests

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

  • Operate scientific measuring equipment

    Operate devices, machinery, and equipment designed for scientific measurement. Scientific equipment consists of specialised measuring instruments refined to facilitate the acquisition of data.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform bone marrow transplant paediatric phlebotomy procedures blood transfusion interpret hematological test results monitor stock level execute analytical mathematical calculations manage supplies archive scientific documentation check material rescources microbiology-bacteriology biology maintain medical laboratory equipment immunology biological chemistry label samples answer patients' questions dispose medical waste identify patients' medical records send biological samples to laboratory ensure compliance with environmental legislation analyse experimental laboratory data data protection chemistry mathematics assist in the production of laboratory documentation manage chemical processes inspection analyse test data order supplies sterilise medical equipment work with chemicals analyse blood samples clinical cytology examine cell specimens microscopically virology physics check the received biological samples label blood samples microscopic techniques collect samples for analysis manage chemical testing procedures report test findings clinical biochemistry automated analysers in the medical laboratory develop scientific research protocols carry out quality control in microbiology laboratories interpret medical results maintain healthcare user data confidentiality transport blood samples analyse cell cultures blood type classification fine-needle aspiration blood collection on babies collect biological samples from patients techniques of blood-sampling blood donation communicate effectively in healthcare archive healthcare users' records histopathology assist scientific research