Life science technicians (excluding medical)

Duties and tasks

  • Assisting in designing, setting up and conducting experiments
  • Setting up, calibrating, operating and maintaining laboratory instruments and equipment
  • Collecting and preparing specimens and samples, chemical solutions and slides and growing cultures for use in experiments
  • Performing routine field and laboratory tests
  • Monitoring experiments to ensure adherence to correct laboratory quality control procedures and health and safety guidelines
  • Making observations of tests, and analyzing, calculating, recording and reporting test results using appropriate scientific methods
  • Preserving, classifying and cataloguing specimens and samples
  • Keeping detailed logs of worked performed
  • Using computers to develop models and analyze data
  • Using complex and high-powered equipment to perform work
  • Participating in the research, development and manufacture of products and processes
  • Ordering and stocking laboratory supplies
  • Maintaining relevant databases

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