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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
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.