Research Lab Technician Job Description

Research Lab Technician Job Description

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Research lab technician provides support to laboratory management by organizing and coordinating laboratory set-up, initiating new research protocols, and overseeing daily lab operations.

Research Lab Technician Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Assist with maintenance and updates of related repositories, databases, and summaries
Maintaining and ordering of supplies and databases
Maintains accurate records of procedures used to conduct experiments
Maintains and organizes laboratory supplies
Maintains lab equipment
Ensures safety information is disseminated promptly to all lab personnel
Perform stereotaxic surgeries in rodents
Perform viral knock down technologies in rodents
Supervises unit employees and/or student workers, as assigned
Plans and conducts research experiments in accordance with laboratory and safety protocols

Research Lab Technician Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Research Lab Technician

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: AALAS, LAT, ALAT

Education for Research Lab Technician

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the research lab technician job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Associate Degree in Biology, Education, Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Technical, Communication, Sciences, Computer

Skills for Research Lab Technician

Desired skills for research lab technician include:

Laboratory equipment and research protocols
Microsoft Office products
Databases
Microsoft Office and the ability to learn new software
Systems
Basic laboratory equipment and protocols
Common safety hazards and universal precautions to establish a safe work environment
Specialized area of research
Microsoft Word and Excel
Computer analysis techniques and ability to provide routine analysis and interpretation of data

Desired experience for research lab technician includes:

Selects, modifies or adapts equipment and procedures to specific research needs
Researches, compiles and evaluates background information to enhance planning and design of experiments
Prepare chemical solutions for experimental use
Will be responsible for making primary neuronal cultures, subcloning and immunocytochemistry
Perform molecular cloning to prepare gene targeting related DNA plasmids
Perform ES cells culture (thawing, passaging, and freezing) for expanding and proper storage of newly re-derived, newly targeted ES cells common ES cell stocks

Research Lab Technician Examples

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Research Lab Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of research lab technician. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for research lab technician
  • Perform mouse ES cell gene targetings
  • Use laboratory/computer equipment to analyze experimental data
  • Provide routine interpretations of analyses
  • Perform general scientific laboratory practices and procedures
  • Perform day-to-day activities as part of the high capacity, high throughput, Next Generation sequencing team including, but not limited to, preparing sequencing libraries and generating and managing sequencing data
  • Be able to assist in data analysis, troubleshoot issues and communicate technical information to end-users
  • Delivery of treatments (via IP injection, oral gavage, ) to tumor-bearing mice
  • Perform DNA and RNA extractions from many different sample types
  • Perform nucleic acid amplification analyses using standard techniques such as qPCR, ddPCR, q-RT-PCR, dd-RT-PCR, and LAMP
  • Maintain the lab’s high standards for biosafety
Qualifications for research lab technician
  • Assist graduate students and postdocs in validating their research findings by reproducing their experiments with additional samples
  • Follow lab procedures for maintaining a neat, detailed electronic lab notebook
  • Maintain the organization of lab workspaces
  • Analyze raw data and generate figures using software provided by the laboratory
  • A highly motivated and qualified candidate may additionally develop independent aspects of ongoing projects, while continuing to provide research support
  • Ambition to enter a top medical or graduate school
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Research Lab Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of research lab technician. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for research lab technician
  • Tissue culture of human cancer cells
  • Protein chemical assays including immunoprecipitation and immunoblotting
  • Cell proliferation assays following pharmacological treatments
  • Extraction and analysis of DNA and mRNA, including PCR, quantitative PCR, realtime-PCR
  • Animal experimentation may be involved
  • Data analysis and recording of results electronically and in a lab notebook
  • Protocol and literature searches
  • Evaluations of new assay methods or instrumentation
  • Working closely with a scientist who will serve as direct supervisor and mentor
  • Co-operating with a team of experimental and computational scientists
Qualifications for research lab technician
  • Prior experience with working at BSL-2 level or BSL-3 level
  • Prior experience handling and processing hundreds of laboratory samples
  • Prior experience using automated-extraction equipment
  • Comfort using a multi-channel pipette
  • Co-authorship on a scientific publication
  • Prior experience or undergraduate-level coursework with a basic programming language for data analysis (Python, MATLAB, R)
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Research Lab Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of research lab technician. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for research lab technician
  • Ordering and stocking of lab supplies and reagents
  • Operation and maintenance of standard lab equipment
  • Oversight of laboratory safety protocols
  • Management of a laboratory reagent database
  • Learn, execute and further develop next-generation sequencing protocols and explore novel techniques of low input epigenomics
  • Handles cell culture of human cancer cell lines and primary human cells
  • Uses wide assay of cell biology and molecular biology techniques to mechanistically characterize dependencies
  • Learn and execute a variety of in vitro functional bioassays and high dimensional phenotypic readouts
  • Works with mouse models to assess tumor formation, and drug response
  • Prepares, orders, and maintains stocks of necessary reagents, solutions and supplies
Qualifications for research lab technician
  • Experience working with laboratory mice and basic molecular biology techniques is required
  • Proficiency with computer software, including Power Point and Excel
  • Previous experience with basic cellular and molecular research techniques including tissue culture, protein extraction, western blotting, RNA extraction and quantitative PCR is a requirement for the position
  • An earned degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field
  • Excellent attention to detail, in laboratory tasks administrative tasks
  • High level of initiative and ability to work with limited supervision
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Research Lab Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of research lab technician. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for research lab technician
  • Attends team meetings to share results, plan projects and experiments
  • Documenting, compiling, and analyzing experimental data
  • Participating in team meetings for experimental planning
  • Reporting findings in oral and written formats
  • Contributing to the organization of the overall laboratory, including regulatory and safety issues
  • We are seeking a highly motivated laboratory research technician with experience in bioinformatics and computation to join a research laboratory working on breast cancer
  • Genotyping by PCR
  • Assistance with laboratory mouse colony
  • Clean, maintain and prepare supplies and work areas
  • Conduct standardized tests and laboratory analyses, including the collection of information and samples
Qualifications for research lab technician
  • Able to perform precision testing of biological samples and documenting results through long experiments
  • Comfortable learning new computer programs
  • Familiar with or willing to learn ‘design of experiments’ in order to test many parameters
  • Bachelor degree in Biology or related field required
  • Candidates must have at least 6 months of research experience in addition to courses
  • Bachelor of Science degree in an appropriate field of science or technology
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Research Lab Technician Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of research lab technician. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for research lab technician
  • Cell and tissue culture of cancer cell lines and patient-derived tumor models
  • Cell proliferation assays after pharmacologic or genetic perturbation, including chemical and genomic screens
  • Transfections and viral-based gene transfer methods
  • Extraction and analysis of DNA and RNA, including PCR, quantitative PCR, RT-PCR
  • Protein assays including Western blotting and immunoprecipitation
  • DNA cloning and sequencing
  • May require work with animals including surgical procedures
  • Responsible for ordering of supplies
  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results to assist with reports and summaries of findings
  • Conducting research experiments
Qualifications for research lab technician
  • Experience with tissue culture, DNA/RNA purification, PCR amplification, subcloning, retroviral transfection
  • Working knowledge of computer applications such Microsoft Office is required
  • Associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology or Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Basic laboratory skills and attention to detail
  • Molecular microbiology laboratory research experience is preferred
  • Provide general molecular biology and genetic lab assistance to support research activities

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