Connecting...

Banner Default Image

Scientific Laboratory Assistant jobs in Dunfermline

Welcome to Next Phase Recruitment! Please see below our current jobs that match your search criteria. For a broader job search please visit the home page or call us on 01403 216216 to discuss career options in other areas of Life Science and Technology.

Welcome to Next Phase Recruitment! We are very experienced in helping people to progress their careers in the lab. Firstly, here is a general guide to a career path in this sector. Please also scroll further down the page to see and apply for our current jobs that match your search criteria. We also invite you to go to the main page of our website for a broader job search and call us on 01403 216216 for a confidential discussion about your career options. 

Scientific Laboratory Assistant

Scientific Laboratory Assistants work in scientific laboratories providing technical support to ensure that the laboratory can function effectively and that scientists can carrying out tests, research and investigations in the laboratory.  Similar job titles include Laboratory Assistant, Technical Laboratory Assistant, Scientific Laboratory Technician, Laboratory Operator and Laboratory Support Technician.

Scientific Laboratory Assistants can work in laboratories in a wide variety of areas including education, forensics, medical research and development, clinical trials, scientific investigations and health services.

Working as a Scientific Laboratory Assistant can be an interesting and varied job.  A typical day’s work for a Scientific Laboratory Assistant could involve tasks such as setting up laboratory experiments and investigations, collecting and analysing samples, preparing samples and specimens, ordering and controlling laboratory stock, disposing of chemicals and waste products safely, cleaning and maintaining laboratory equipment, performing laboratory tests, constructing, maintaining and operating laboratory equipment and using laboratory IT.

Work is often carried out in teams with scientists and other laboratory assistants.  The specific tasks performed by a Scientific Laboratory Assistants will vary dependent upon the employer.  Scientific Laboratory Assistants have to follow strict health and safety procedures at all times, particularly in laboratories in which toxic chemicals, human tissues, biological waste are processed or in which a sterile requirement is required in order to prevent contamination of samples.   In many laboratories Scientific Laboratory Assistants will be required to wear protective clothing and equipment.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience required to become a Scientifc Laboratory Assistant

-     A levels, HND or a degree in a relevant science subject which could include biology, biomedical science, chemistry, physics, pharmacy, forensic science, pharmacology

-     Experience of working in a laboratory

-     Accuracy and attention to detail

-     Good hand-eye coordination and the ability to use technical equipment with accuracy;

-     The ability to maintain and calibrate technical equipment;

-     The ability to learn specific, practical techniques and apply this knowledge to solve technical problems;

-     Organisational and time management skills flexibility

-     Communication and teamwork skills

-     IT skills to record and analyse data

Salary Levels

Starting salaries for Scientific Laboratory Assistants will depend on qualifications held, any experience in the role and the employer, but typically range from £15,000 to £19,000 for new entrants increasing to £20,000 to £25,000 for more experienced Scientific Laboratory Assistants.  Senior Laboratory Assistants in management or supervisory roles salaries can be as high as £30,000 to £40,000.

Career path and progression

Scientific Laboratory Assistants can progress to Senior Laboratory Technician roles and then on Laboratory Team Leader, Laboartory Team Manager or Laboratory Supervisor positions.  An alternative career path for Scientific Laboratory Assistants who do not necessarily with to supervise staff can include moving into more scientific, technical and analytical roles.  

Dunfermline is the second largest town in Fife, Scotland and is located approximately 3 miles from the northern shore of the Firth of Forth, 40 miles from Glasgow, 17 from Edinburgh and also 17 from Stirling.  Dunfermline was the capital of Scotland for over 500 years. Dunfermline Abbey, which was founded in the 12th century by Queen Margaret, is the most famous ancient building in the town and its graveyard was been the burial place of 11 of Scotland's kings and queens up to including Robert The Bruce in 1329.  Other ancient buildings include the Royal Palace, Abbot House and St Margaret's Cave.

There are numerous golf course within easy reach of Dunfermline, including the world famous St Andrew’s golf course which is only 40 miles away.  The majority of employment in Dunfermline is in the service sector, with significant employers Sky UK, Amazon and Best Western.  The Carnegie campus just outside the city is home to a growing number of technology, medical device and other hi-tech companies.

Famous people born in Dunfermline: Iain Banks, novelist and Barbara Dickson, singer/songwriter