Lab Technician Job Description: Top Duties and Requirements

A Lab Technician, or Laboratory Technician, is someone who works in a laboratory and performs duties to assist Scientists. A Lab Technician is responsible for handling sensitive equipment, analyzing samples or substances, and conducting tests to create reports for the Laboratory Manager.

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Lab Technician duties and responsibilities

Some of the common duties and responsibilities for Lab Technicians include: 

  • Performing pre-analytical procedures
  • Sorting, allocating, and delivering specimens to work stations and loading onto laboratory instruments, as required
  • Receiving, unpacking, and sorting incoming specimens or solutions
  • Participating in basic quality control procedures and inventory management
  • Maintaining good record-keeping practices while adhering to quality and safety programs
  • Maintaining accuracy and calibration of laboratory testing equipment
  • Performing routine inspections on laboratory equipment to determine when maintenance is required
  • Using relevant computer software programs to collect or input data and information
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Example 1

Bunge (NYSE: BG) is a world leader in sourcing, processing and supplying oilseed and grain products and ingredients. Founded in [phone number], Bunge’s expansive network feeds and fuels a growing world, creating sustainable products and opportunities for more than 70,000 farmers and the consumers they serve across the globe. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and has 25,000 employees worldwide who stand behind more than 350 port terminals, oilseed processing plants, grain facilities, and food and ingredient production and packaging facilities around the world. Position Summary: Assure that all products produced, consistently meet or exceed company standards and comply with Provincial and Federal regulations. Facilitate the processing of quality products in an efficient and timely manner. Provide laboratory support to the processing operations by interpreting analytical results, inspecting and analyzing raw materials, in-process samples, prepare daily analytical reports. Be able to proficiently run the analytical analysis on edible oils (soya, canola, palm, etc.). Core Functions: Ensures compliance with Bunge safety policies by production staff and contractors at all times by putting safety before profit and production. Lead by example to ensure that safety culture is a natural part of the operations and continually strive for a zero incident operation. Perform analytical tests for all incoming raw materials, in process and finished products. Analyze samples as per requirements of implemented/requested programs (AOCS Proficiency Program, Ring-Test Analyses, Shelf-Life Analyses, Cross- Reference Analyses, etc.) or per additional requests from other regions within the Company. Assure that product meets or exceeds standards set forth by the company, Provincial/Federal Governments and customers. Follow and demonstrate compliance with all pre-requisite requirements related to Food Quality & Safety programs, including: GMPs, Pest Control, HACCP, SOPs, Good Laboratory Practices, Food Security program, etc. Monitor production operations to include, but not limited to: Traceability, Products to be shipped, Process Control, SPC, Sanitary conditions within the facility. Provide accurate reports to departments and customers in a timely manner. Record all analysis on appropriate log sheets and enter the data in QA database. Prepare Certificate of Analyses (CoA) Replenish chemical solutions as needed. Monitor and report on laboratory inventories. Conduct lab equipment calibrations (as per required frequency). Provide technical support to customers and process personnel. Trains new lab technicians/operators in performing required analysis. Must properly setup, operate and run all of the laboratory equipment (recognize and report inaccuracy, faults and technical problems of lab instrumentation and equipment). All laboratory personnel are required to observe safe and proper work habits to include: wearing proper laboratory PPE (personal protective equipment) such as uniform, disposable gloves, eye protection and face mask (as necessary). Maintain a clean, orderly and safe work place. Must have good communication skills. Other duties deemed necessary by Supervisor/Manager. Skill/Experience Requirements: Technical degree in Science and Chemistry required. Minimum 3 years laboratory experience in related industry may be substituted for educational degree. Knowledge and experience in handling chemicals, titration chemistry, spectroscopy, GC and basic mathematics required. General knowledge in laboratory Clear concise analytical skills with accuracy in reporting and communicating results. Computer literacy in Windows based programs. Working in a team environment, as well as able to work independently. Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift boxes of chemicals which may weigh up to 20 kgs. Must be able to handle, transport and connect various gas cylinders for the operation of lab equipment. Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Example 2

Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life. Analyst I, QC LAB Services – Microbiology (Multiple Positions) Term positions available beginning in March [phone number]for 6 months with the potential for term extensions or permanent positions Emergent BioSolutions is currently seeking an Analyst I, QC Lab Services for our QC Microbiology Department. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific discipline, under two years of experience in a pharmaceutical cGMP environment and knowledge of pharmaceutical GLP’s and GMP’s. Must have the ability to work in a fast paced and highly regulated environment and have the ability to interpret analytical data. In addition, this individual will possess a strong work ethic and a commitment to excellence and innovation. THE Company Emergent BioSolutions is dedicated to one simple mission—to protect and enhance life. As a global specialty pharmaceutical company, Emergent offers specialized products to healthcare providers and governments to address medical needs and emerging health threats. We value the diversity that each employee brings, and while we look for people who share our Core Values, we thrive on difference as well. With hundreds of talented employees working around the globe, Emergent is a growing organization with a wide variety of scientific, technical and professional career opportunities worldwide. THE Opportunity The Analyst I, QC Laboratory Services performs GMP compliant testing as required to support the facility environment and filling process, Raw Material testing, In-process, Finished Product release & Stability or nonclinical/ clinical studies. The Analyst I also perform testing required to support assay and process validations. He/She will perform testing to support release of lab specific material (media, standards). Essential Functions Perform routine laboratory procedures including analyzing and reviewing data Receive and test samples Receive, prepare, test, release materials used for QC testing (for example: media, standards) Document laboratory work consistent with GxP requirements Maintain laboratory records and inventory for supplies and reagents Perform preventative maintenance on laboratory equipment in accordance with established procedures. Perform detailed technical and data integrity review of QC data as required Adhere to all effective TMD’s/SOPs and safety requirements and document laboratory work consistent with cGMP requirements Initiate investigation reports attaching required documentation Maintain a clean and sanitary work area in accordance with standard laboratory practice and procedures Prepare and Autoclave supplies and garbage Model the organizational core values through day-to-day actions Education, Experience & Skills: Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific discipline Under two years’ experience in a pharmaceutical cGMP environment Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office - Word, Excel Basic knowledge of pharmaceutical GLPs and GMPs Knowledge of laboratory techniques and safety precautions WHMIS and biohazard safety awareness Ability to work in a fast paced and highly regulated environment Able to multi-task and adapt to changing priorities Competent in laboratory safety and lab practice, including maintaining adequate written laboratory records Able to communicate and articulate information in both written and verbal forms Strong organizational and interpersonal skills; can work collaboratively with others. Able to interpret analytical data Interested? Please visit under the career section to apply today! As part of our team, you'll join talented and inspiring colleagues whose sense of purpose complements your own. We offer highly diverse career opportunities, a supportive culture, competitive salaries, flexible work arrangements and an extensive benefits package. Information submitted will be used by Emergent BioSolutions for activities related to your prospective employment. Emergent BioSolutions respects your privacy and any use of the information submitted will be subject to the terms of our Privacy Policy .

Example 3

*Why work for Neegan Technical Services?* * We are proudly local and aboriginal and have been providing laboratory personnel to our Oil Sands clients for over 20 years; * Health, Safety and Environment is our #1 priority; * Competitive compensation; * Competitive benefits coverage after 3 months of employment; * Group RRSP matching after 6 months of employment; * 7 shifts on, 7 shifts off compressed work rotation – family-friendly schedule; * Fly in, Fly out from Edmonton and Calgary hubs; * Camp accommodation provided. *Roles & * * Assist Laboratory Supervisor to provide clear, concise and accurate, consistent and timely analytical results, collection of a round of samples. * Report analytical results to operations within expected turnaround times. Provide clear and concise instructions based on report findings (results, QC, duplicate, etc). * Execute all maintenance and quality control procedures as detailed in the standard Quality Assurance Manual for water Quality Monitoring. Compile records of the results. * Good time-management, communication, multi-tasking and priority setting skills. * Inform senior staff of any sample integrity related issues. * Excellent working knowledge of water analysis for water testing facility including compliance analysis, Turbidity, Silica, hardness, bitumen in water, Iron, TPH, Oil & Grease, TSS, TDS. * Analysts must have a high degree of organizational skills, as they are required to operate several different instruments throughout a shift with due diligence. * Ensure that maintenance and Quality control procedures for all peripheral equipment necessary for the analysis is properly performed and documented. *EH&S * * Ensure that all laboratory activities and procedures are performed in as safe and environmentally friendly manner as possible. * * Minimum of a Bachelor of Science or Chemical Technology diploma. * Knowledge of ASTM / UOP methodology and quality control practices. * 2-5 years of experience in a specific laboratory environment. * Excellent up-to-date knowledge of laboratory process, LIMS and automation. * Good knowledge of relevant ASTM, UOP, API and similar standard method approaches to analysis. * Experience in an Oil Sands laboratory is an asset. * CSO, BSO or CSTS-09 and OSSA Regional Orientation. Job Type: Full-time

Example 4

A & L Canada Laboratories Inc. (A & L) is one of Canada’s largest Agricultural and Environmental laboratories specializing in soil, plant tissue, fertilizer, food and water testing. A & L provides reliable, comprehensive and effective services for analytical testing. Our Environmental division provides inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, general chemistry, microbiology and pesticide analysis using state of the art technology and methodology. The Molecular Biology Lab Technician conducts a variety of laboratory tests on a variety of sample types, with a focus on plant disease diagnostics. *Duties and Responsibilities: * · Perform plant DNA/RNA extraction · Perform regular PCR, reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR), real-time PCR (qPCR) and ELISA testing · Run QIAxcel gel documentation system for result analysis · Perform sample preparation for DNA/RNA extraction · Sample logging/input into laboratory information management system (LIMS) · Perform sampling and testing of samples in a timely manner maintaining a high level of quality · Routine Laboratory duties including medium/buffer preparation, consumables refill, etc. · Other duties as assigned *Qualifications: * · [website] degree in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, or related field · Minimum two years of working experience in molecular biology techniques · Proven ability to perform basic microbiology laboratory techniques · Knowledge of the scientific principles/practices applicable to test and analytical (i.e., PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, ELISA etc.). · Knowledge of Workplace Hazardous Material Information Systems (WHMIS) and safety guidelines and practices of Biosafety laboratory · Experience with LIMS and Windows-based software (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet) · Strong attention to detail with the ability to meet turnaround time in a fast-paced working environment · Excellent organization and time management skills Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Benefits: * Dental care * Extended health care * RRSP match * Vision care Schedule: * 8 hour shift * Monday to Friday Work remotely: * No

Example 5

*Organization: * We are a provider of high quality healthcare with 10 clinics in the GTA and South Western Ontario region. We are committed to providing diagnostic care and imaging that will assist in the early detection of disease, plan patient management and effectively monitor treatment. Our areas of expertise include Nuclear Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine, Cardiology Testing, MRI, PET and Specialist services. Our Mission: To set new standards in the delivery of comprehensive, efficient and cost effective health care services with a commitment to high quality patient care. We can offer you a great environment with an outstanding team and the opportunity for learning and growth. For more information, please go to [website] ROLE: Are you a patient focused professional with IV skills and medical administration experience? KMH Cardiology Centres Inc. is growing and we are recruiting for a Medical Lab Technician/Medical Office Assistant role for our busy practise in Markham. Accountabilities: The goal of this position is to provide an outstanding service experience to our patients by supporting MRI Technologists in operations and service delivery. The key accountabilities of the role include: · Coordinate patient care during MRI scans including checking in, prepping, escorting to exam rooms, preparing exam or treatment rooms, answering questions, providing service and monitoring the waiting room. · Assist Technologists with prepping patients for the exam and start IV lines · Assist with patient medical history forms · Answer enquiries by phone and in person in a helpful, respectful and efficient manner · Maintain appointment schedules and manage recalls · Update electronic medical records, including patient charts. Performs tasks (including linking, uploading, scanning, faxing and referrals) in support of patient care. · Ensure exam rooms are stocked appropriately and are ready for next patient · Ensure patient confidentiality and privacy are maintained · Interview patients and acquire the required past Medical History/MRI screening information. · Assist MRI Technologists in daily operations · Clean and sanitize materials and instruments · Act as a point of contact for patients during their in-clinic experience · Ensure maximum patient satisfaction through a high quality service approach · Help facilitate patient flow · Respond to patient inquiries in a courteous and empathetic manner · Build rapport with patients by responding to inquiries and communicate next steps to patient · Collaborate with internal teams to provide and gather information, enabling patient requirements to be dealt with efficiently · Meet and achieve performance goals for the team *Minimum qualifications: * · Medical Lab Technician with IV certification or IV training · Medical Office experience *Required skills and experience: * · 1 year of high-quality customer service which can be applied to patient-care · Similar experience in a medical office is an asset · Demonstrated high quality, compassionate, patient centred care · Proven ability to work proficiently and independently in a fast paced environment · Ability to establish priorities and achieve objectives with minimal supervision · Excellent verbal and written communication skills · Proficiency in technology including MS Office · EMR systems experience is an asset · Excellent time management and organizational skills · Ability to deal with sensitive information with a high degree of privacy and diplomacy · Team orientation We are a progressive organization with a team passionate about healthcare. Our team is comprised of clinical, clinical support and business roles with an entrepreneurial approach. The team takes pride in our client focused environment and works very closely with other service and clinical teams at KMH. The role reports to the Team Lead- Reception Team Lead and Team Lead- MRI. This is a full-time role scheduled for 5 days per week between Monday-Friday during the hours of 7.00 a.m.-3.00 p.m. Saturday’s may be required on rotation. We offer a competitive rate, comprehensive benefits, Work Perks, KMH Fit program wellness initiatives and the opportunity for growth. Please submit your resume and cover letter to apply for this position. Thank you for your application. Only candidates selected for an initial virtual video interview will be contacted. No agencies please. Follow us on Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: From $21.00 per hour Benefits: * Dental care * Disability insurance * Employee assistance program * Extended health care * Life insurance * On-site parking * Paid time off * RRSP match * Vision care * Wellness program Schedule: * 8 hour shift Experience: * IV: 1 year (preferred) Work remotely: * No

What does a Lab Technician do?

The role of a Lab Technician optimizes laboratory procedures as they help to produce reliable and important reports or results for experiments undertaken by Scientists. In many cases, a Lab Technician will set up experiments and investigations. The setting up of experiments could include preparing solutions or specimens, disposing of chemicals or waste products safely, and cleaning the lab equipment used. Once the experiments are done, they will collect and analyze the results. A Laboratory Technician may also be responsible for presenting findings to executives or Managers.

Lab Technician skills and qualifications

A successful Lab Technician will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications, including: 

  • Ability to work well with a team and as an individual contributor
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail and adherence to strict processing procedures
  • Ability to keep and record daily logs
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

Lab Technician experience requirements

When reviewing resumes for a Lab Technician, look for job applicants who have previous experience working within a laboratory. Candidates with two to three years of experience may have an advantage. Job applicants with experience working with spreadsheet-based software programs may also be preferred. A successful applicant should also have experience working with sensitive information, specimens, and data.

Lab Technician training and education

Candidates generally need a bachelor’s degree or higher education in a scientific program like biology or chemistry. In some cases, a college diploma in a related field is sufficient if your office provides on-the-job training. Look for applicants registered with a specific local association or national society such as the Canadian Society of Orthopaedic Technologists. It’s an asset for a candidate to have completed short-term programs related to the specific lab work of your department or organization.

Lab Technician salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average pay for a Lab Technician in Canada is $24.76 per hour. This can vary depending on experience, location or type of company that is hiring.

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Lab Technician job description FAQs

What should you look for in a Lab Technician's resume?

When reviewing applicants for the role of a Lab Technician, it is important to ensure the applicant has the right educational experience for the type of laboratory they will work in. It is best to look for a candidate who has experience in a laboratory if on-the-job training isn’t provided. If the applicant needs particular computer skills, look for an applicant with similar experience.

What is the difference between a Lab Technician and a Lab Assistant?

There are some duties and responsibilities that overlap between a Lab Technician and a Lab Assistant but, generally, a Lab Technician will carry out routine tests and procedures. A Lab Assistant, by contrast, will perform many administrative duties such as cleaning equipment, storing samples, and logging data.

What makes a good Lab Technician job description?

A good job description for a Lab Technician role will list out detailed information about the company and the kind of laboratory they will be working in. Job descriptions should also include soft skills or general interests needed for the position. Be sure to list any specific software knowledge, training, or courses required for the position.

How do you make your Lab Technician job description stand out?

The best way to make a Lab Technician job description stand out is to include the expected salary, either hourly or annually. Another great way to make the description stand out is to include any additional benefits that come with the role such as product discounts, performance bonuses, or RRSP matching programs. Many Lab Technician job descriptions also include information about the type of specimens or equipment used daily.

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