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Working As A Laboratory Scientist

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  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
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  • $96,410

    Average Salary

What Does A Laboratory Scientist Do At MBL International

* 13; Perform laboratory processes involved in manufacturing and/or QC of products and the preparation of reagents/media. Utilization of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP). Protein purification techniques utilizing the AKTA FPLC and UNICORN Software.-- Protein analysis techniques utilizing HPLC, spectrophotometry, and SDS
* PAGE. Cellular analysis by cell staining and Flow Cytometry Conduct testing for shelf-life studies on product retention samples. Perform incoming inspection of Raw Materials as required. Complete all required paperwork and records in a clear and succinct fashion as required by the department manager. Clean-up work area and dispose of biohazard or other waste materials appropriately. Ability to recognize anomalies in the production process, make adjustments, and inform management regarding areas of improvement. Operate and maintain department related equipment. Order and stock supplies as needed and conduct monthly inventory of supplies. Familiar with the Quality Management System and quality policies. Familiar with applicable regulatory requirements (GMP) Working Knowledge of safety program procedures. Other Job Duties: Performs other duties as required Minimum Qualifications of the Position:

What Does A Laboratory Scientist Do At George Washington University

* culture and transfection of mammial cells
* collection of samples for reporter gene assays
* western blooting to analyze protein expression
* cancer cell migration and invasion assays -human cancer xenogrant experiments using SCID/NOD mice.
* other duties as assigned.
* The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
* This post-doc scientist is also required to work with genetically modified mice and in a BSL2 laboratory setting

What Does A Laboratory Scientist Do At The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)

* Provides technical oversight to assigned team of scientists, including assignment of tests, providing technical support, reviewing of data, and generating and issuing reports.
* Provides administrative oversight by ensuring full utilization of assigned staff, and through participation in the performance review process.
* Provides technical review support for the reference standard testing reports.
* Serve as a lead for specialty projects (example: Mass spectroscopy projects)
* Provides project and technical support within RSL, including managing project tasks via interacting with clients on activities related to the evaluation of candidate reference materials, investigative studies, and collaborating with RSL leaders, other departments, and/or customers to create an achievable work schedule within a defined response time.
* Participates in cross-functional teams involved in Reference Material Development, including development of test protocols, stability protocols, and investigative studies.
* Serves as a mentor for scientists in the laboratory.
* Shares technical expertise with Team Leaders and serves as a technical adviser for them.
* Initiates and coordinates Lab Investigations and Deviations when necessary through applicable processes and endeavors to determine and resolve root cause to issues.
* Represents RSL in internal customer meetings to receive/deliver information, requests and requirements.
* Takes the lead in working with other departments within the organization to solve both technical and process-related issues.
* Prepares study reports and presents data internally within USP and externally to customers; serves as the technical lead for deviation investigation, customer complaints, out-of-specification or aberrant results and process changes; troubleshoots assay and instrumentation issues.
* This aspect will involve data mining, trending and investigative analysis to identify problems or determine process controls.
* Reviews, interprets, and evaluates scientific literature.
* Investigates, evaluates, and recommends the purchase of laboratory equipment.
* Attends scientific seminars and presents publications

What Does A Laboratory Scientist Do At Tenet Healthcare

* Overall Rating
* Level 1
* Perform qualitative and quantitative analyses in Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, and/or Microbiology to obtain data used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
* Provide complete, appropriate, and accurate documentation in accordance with regulatory and specific environment.
* Analyze test results and relates them to the patient’s normal physical state, as well as to the presence of disease or other conditions that may be indicated.
* Assist with the cleanliness of the Clinical Laboratory.
* Ensure the quality and flow of work through Hematology, Chemistry, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Microbiology and/or Blood Bank by performing quality control checks, adhering to schedules, and keeping work area stocked and equipment in safe operating condition.
* Assist in orientation, training, directing, and monitoring the work of students, graduate medical technologist, medical technicians, and staff new to the department.
* Check that the barcode does not obscure patient name on specimen and identities on both labels match.
* Run Quality Control as needed and enter data into the computer with appropriate QC Modifiers.
* Accurately identify specimen results as they are obtained from instruments and enter, with comments, into the computer in a timely manner.
* Adhere to departmental procedure for verification, documentation, and notification of identified critical values to appropriate site.
* Use acceptable abbreviations and terminology for data documentation

What Does A Laboratory Scientist Do At Stanford Health Care

* CLS will accurately perform ABO and Rh Testing, Direct Coombs, and antibody screening within the turn-around time guidelines established by the Laboratory.
* Identifies all simple and some complex antibodies.
* Selects appropriate special components based on diagnosis.
* Accurately releases blood and other components following routine and emergency procedures.
* Prepares special components including pooling platelets, washing red cells, re constituting red cells with fresh frozen plasma.
* Has sufficient understanding of the Laboratory's computer system, to function efficiently and effectively.
* Is familiar with Laboratory downtime computer procedures.
* All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status or on the basis of disability.
* National recognition in 12 specialites.
* Watch our stories
* We have a culture of patient care first here, one that speaks to our mission and our values: to care, to educate, and to discover."
* Brian L
* Unit EducatorBSN, CMS RN
* Did you know?
* Stanford Health Care uses 196 solar panels, powering 17% of the hospital's electricity.
* In 2015, we had 17 dogs in our Pet Assisted Wellness (PAWS) Program.
* We're proud to work with 8 All-time Stanford Medicine Nobel Laureates.
* Stanford Health Care exhibits more than 1,592 original art pieces

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How To Become A Laboratory Scientist

Medical scientists typically have a Ph.D., usually in biology or a related life science. Some medical scientists get a medical degree instead of a Ph.D., but prefer doing research to practicing as a physician.


Students planning careers as medical scientists typically pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field. Undergraduate students benefit from taking a broad range of classes, including life sciences, physical sciences, and math. Students also typically take courses that develop communication and writing skills, because they must learn to write grants effectively and publish research findings.

After students have completed their undergraduate studies, they typically enter Ph.D. programs. Dual-degree programs are available that pair a Ph.D. with a range of specialized medical degrees. A few degree programs that are commonly paired with Ph.D. studies are Medical Doctor (M.D.), Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). Whereas Ph.D. studies focus on research methods, such as project design and data interpretation, students in dual-degree programs learn both the clinical skills needed to be a physician and the research skills needed to be a scientist.

Graduate programs emphasize both laboratory work and original research. These programs offer prospective medical scientists the opportunity to develop their experiments and, sometimes, to supervise undergraduates. Ph.D. programs culminate in a thesis that the candidate presents before a committee of professors. Students may specialize in a particular field, such as gerontology, neurology, or cancer.

Those who go to medical school spend most of the first 2 years in labs and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, microbiology, pathology, medical ethics, and medical law. They also learn how to record medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses. They may be required to participate in residency programs, meeting the same requirements that physicians and surgeons have to fulfill.

Medical scientists often continue their education with postdoctoral work. Postdoctoral work provides additional and more independent lab experience, including experience in specific processes and techniques such as gene splicing, which is transferable to other research projects.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical scientists primarily conduct research and typically do not need licenses or certifications. However, those who administer drugs, gene therapy, or otherwise practice medicine on patients in clinical trials or a private practice need a license to practice as a physician.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Communication is critical, because medical scientists must be able to explain their conclusions. In addition, medical scientists write grant proposals, because grants often are required to fund their research.

Critical-thinking skills. Medical scientists must use their expertise to determine the best method for solving a specific research question.

Data-analysis skills. Medical scientists use statistical techniques, so that they can properly quantify and analyze health research questions.

Decisionmaking skills. Medical scientists must determine what research questions to ask, how best to investigate the questions, and what data will best answer the questions.

Observation skills. Medical scientists conduct experiments that require precise observation of samples and other health data. Any mistake could lead to inconclusive or misleading results.

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  • French

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

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  • Baga

  • Russian

  • Mandarin

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Real Laboratory Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Scientist Director Pediatric Gene Therapy Laboratory Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Oct 01, 2015 $200,665
Motion Analysis Laboratory Scientist New York Society for Relief of Ruptured & Crippled New York, NY May 31, 2014 $131,127
Motion Analysis Laboratory Scientist New York Society for Relief of Ruptured & Crippled New York, NY Jun 01, 2011 $120,000
Lab Scientist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 24, 2016 $110,000
Lab Scientist II Aramco Services Company Novi, MI Sep 05, 2014 $106,912 -
Lab Scientist I Aramco Services Company Houston, TX Sep 26, 2014 $103,147 -
Lab Scientist II Aramco Services Company Cambridge, MA Aug 22, 2016 $102,794 -
Lab Scientist III Aramco Services Company Novi, MI Apr 10, 2014 $93,309 -
Lab Scientist II Aramco Services Company Novi, MI Aug 23, 2016 $91,811 -
Laboratory Scientist Driver Group LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 31, 2016 $90,000
Lab Scientist II Aramco Services Company Houston, TX Aug 22, 2016 $86,840 -
Lead Laboratory Scientist USA Medical Toxicology, LLC Plano, TX Aug 26, 2014 $83,480
Laboratory Scientist Blackfly Investments LLC Vancouver, WA Sep 20, 2013 $72,000
Laboratory Scientist Blackfly Investments LLC Vancouver, WA Sep 04, 2014 $72,000
In Vitro Lab Scientist Makro Technologies Inc. Princeton, NJ Feb 09, 2016 $70,958
Scientist II, Vascular Biology Laboratory Tufts University Boston, MA Sep 15, 2012 $70,700
Environmental Laboratory Scientist Sequoia Foundation Richmond, CA Apr 19, 2010 $70,000
Laboratory Scientist-Microbiology Nestle Purina Petcare Global Resources, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Jan 10, 2016 $70,000 -
Environmental Laboratory Scientist Sequoia Foundation Richmond, CA Apr 26, 2010 $70,000
Scientist III, Compendial Development Laboratory United States Pharmacopeial Convention Rockville, MD Feb 11, 2016 $69,160 -
Laboratory Automation Scientist Bio-Reference Laboratories, Inc. Elmwood Park, NJ Aug 01, 2015 $59,000
Toxicology Laboratory Scientist Physicians Consulting Inc. Knoxville, TN Dec 18, 2015 $59,000
Lead Laboratory Scientist USA Medical Toxicology LLC Houston, TX Aug 19, 2016 $58,469
Clinicial Laboratory Scientist Quest Diagnostics Incorporated San Juan Capistrano, CA Nov 08, 2016 $56,683 -
Biological Laboratory Scientist Algenol Biofuels, Inc. Fort Myers, FL Jan 03, 2011 $56,000
Clincal Laboratory Scientist 3 The Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, MD Jun 15, 2012 $55,848
Scientist II, Reference Standards Laboratory The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention Rockville, MD Jan 25, 2016 $55,800 -
Laboratory Scientist I Molecular Research LP Shallowater, TX Jun 01, 2012 $55,000

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Top Laboratory Scientist Skills

  1. Method Development
  2. Quality Control Procedures
  3. Lab Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participated in method development, method validation, and sample analysis.
  • Perform quality control procedures to ensure accuracy of clinical data and validate test results through correlation with test parameters.
  • Perform preventive maintenance and interim calibration on lab equipment as requires.
  • Performed tests in all sections of the clinical laboratory including chemistry, hematology and microbiology.
  • Developed and validated analytical techniques in accordance with ICH guidelines.

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