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Job Standard for Laboratory Technician

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The statements on this job standard are intended to describe the general nature of the role and level of work being performed. They are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the employee.

Laboratory Technician Overview

  • Person Group: Classified
  • Job Code: 07426
  • Pay Grade: H
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Career Level: Level 2
  • Family: Research
  • Function: Research/Lab Support


To perform specialized and routine standardized chemical and biological laboratory examinations and procedures; perform related work.

Level Scope

Applies skills and job knowledge in area of specialization; may adapt procedures, operations, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet needs of area of specialization; may work on non-routine tasks; resolves issues/makes working decisions within area of specialization or responsibility with minimal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications

Good knowledge of: laboratory terminology, equipment, materials, and procedures, and the fundamental laboratory methods relating to chemistry or biology.

Experience: performing standardized laboratory tests according to prescribed procedures; and calculating and recording test results; maintaining a clean, sterile, and safe laboratory environment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Some positions require experience in:  the germination section of a seed laboratory; a Brucellosis laboratory.
  • Ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules
  • Ability to analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Laboratory Technician must:

  • This is the entry and full working technician level serving as assistant to professional staff performing complex testing and related analyses. They work independently on laboratory examinations and projects, and they may supervise or provide work direction for laboratory assistants or work-study students.
  • Determines priorities, prepares materials for testing, and performs specialized or routine standardized tests on human, animal, and/or environmental specimens. Operates, maintains, calibrates, and sterilizes laboratory equipment and sterilizes and cleans glassware and work areas, disposing of potential pathogenic and biohazardous materials. Reads, records, and files reports and correspondence, and enters data and maintains specimen logs, test results, and supplies used. Responds to inquiries regarding general laboratory procedures and assure proper labeling and paper work for the receipt and shipping of specimens. Distributes, maintains, and orders laboratory supplies.

35% of Time the Laboratory Technician

  • Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Laboratory Technician

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Laboratory Technician

Career Path

Laboratory Materials Supervisor

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.