How to write a Lab Assistant job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Lab Assistant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Lab Assistant job titles

    Lab Assistant
    Senior Lab Assistant
    Lab Assistant (with Pharmaceutical Industry Experience)
    Lab Assistant (Part-Time)
    Laboratory Assistant

Lab Assistant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Lab Assistant job summary

Our busy medical testing laboratory is currently seeking an experienced Lab Assistant. The successful candidate will perform various tasks to support the laboratory technical staff, including blood specimen collection, specimen procurement, specimen processing, lab testing, sendouts and the maintenance of quality assurance records. The individual will work collaboratively with all patients in accordance with department. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

Lab Assistant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Lab Assistant responsibilities

    Receive and process samples to identify suitability
    Prepare samples for testing using various types of laboratory equipment
    Perform laboratory testing, including pH and bacterial culturing
    Prepare and maintain accurate laboratory records
    Label specimens accurately and distribute them to the appropriate department
    Perform quality control as directed by the Laboratory Manager
    Clean and maintain work area and all lab equipment and supplies

Lab Assistant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Lab Assistant skills

    High school diploma/GED required
    Ability to organize and prioritize work for timely completion
    Effective communication skills, both verbally and in writing
    Able to easily understand complex instructions
    Able and willing to maintain strict level of confidentiality regarding laboratory results and records
    Excellent computer skills

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