Biological Research Technician
Biological Research Technicians provide technical assistance to biological scientists and are responsible for performing general technical work in a variety of tasks that include testing, sampling and analysis of various samples and materials. These technicians are expected to work independently and set up equipments, prepare and carry out experiments, take measurements and report on their findings. They may work in industry, higher education or for research organizations. Biological Research Technicians help scientists to develop new processes and products, do experiments, and/or analyze and test biological samples. Lab Technicians look after the day-to-day running of the laboratory. They clean, sterilize and repair equipment, monitor stock, and order replacements when necessary.
Biological Research Technicians must be thorough, methodical and accurate in setting up and carrying out experiments. They must be able to record test results and write technical reports. Many laboratory procedures require solid mathematical skills and the ability to recognize errors in data collection and calculations. Good teamwork skills are very important, because technicians work closely with researchers, scientists, or teachers. Technicians must be prepared and willing to learn to use complicated equipment and to master new laboratory protocols.