Scientific laboratory technicians are involved in a variety of laboratory-based investigations within biological, chemical, physical and life science areas. They may carry out sampling, testing, measuring, recording and analysing of results as part of a scientific team. Technicians provide all the required technical support to enable the laboratory to function effectively whilst adhering to correct procedures and health and safety guidelines.
Scientific laboratory technicians carry out work that assists in the advancement and development of modern medicine and science. The work plays an important role in the foundation stages of research and development (R&D) and in scientific analysis and investigation. They are mainly employed within industry, in government departments and research organisations.
The role of a teaching laboratory technician is similar although their work takes place in educational institutions where they support science teachers, lecturers and students.
Scientific laboratory technicians carry out the work that allows scientists to concentrate on and perform the more complex analytical processes in the laboratory.
Tasks often involve:
The actual nature of the work will depend upon the organisation. For example:
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