Research laboratory technicians are responsible for completing laboratory tasks that pertain to research efforts. In addition, they conduct behavioral studies and find additional information relevant to their work. These technicians order supplies, assist in creating schedules, follow strict safety protocols, and wear protective accessories to avoid accidents. Their main responsibilities also include organizing files and adhering to laboratory procedures. Additionally, research laboratory technicians help create written materials that explain results and progress of their studies/projects, accurately log findings, and maintain the integrity and safety of the experiment area. Research laboratory technicians also analyze variables, and provide conclusions based on careful observation. They conduct routine tests, and provide regular maintenance for laboratory equipment. Generally, research laboratory technicians report their progress to the research laboratory team leader in their department.
These professionals must be problem solvers, able to multitask effectively, and able work under pressure given specific deadlines in their environment. They use a personal computer to make calculations, and enter data, and so they must be proficient with basic computer software, which includes email to communicate with superiors and other teams in their organization. Research laboratory technicians must have advanced knowledge of methods for collecting information and work well with other technicians. A high school diploma or equivalent is required for this position, with some positions preferring a postsecondary degree as well. Previous experience in a similar research capacity may also be preferred.
Research Laboratory Technician Tasks
Clean, sanitize, maintain, and operate lab equipment.
May assist with research analysis.
Assist scientists with research and record findings in the field or lab.