Research and development (R&D) lab technicians generally work in a laboratory setting, conducting tests to ensure that products are being tested correctly. They are in charge of gathering data, keeping accurate records, and making sure records are filed correctly. They need to ensure that all operations adhere to both company and government regulations, as well as that their workstation and clean and properly maintained. Additionally, research and development lab technicians must keep a legible notebook that is documented properly so that all new advances can be patented as necessary.
This is generally a full time position, with overtime potentially required depending on the needs of their organization. These technicians typically need to stand for long periods of time and lift up to 50 pounds.
The basic education requirement for research and development lab technicians generally include at least a high school diploma or equivalent, with some post-high school education in the field preferred. These technicians should also have at least one year of experience in a laboratory setting. They should have strong attention to detail, be meticulous in their work, be a self starter, and have strong verbal and written communication skills. Additionally, research and development lab technicians should have strong mechanical and mathematical aptitudes to perform their job duties effectively.
Research and Development (R&D) Lab Technician Tasks
Perform analyses and statistical comparisons of results to contribute to technical and product innovation.
Compile and analyze data from personal and team analyses.
Test products, compounds, or batches for defined metrics and contaminants.
Maintain, operate, and calibrate laboratory equipment, including necessary supplies.