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Working As A Research Technician Lead

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Technician Lead Do

Biological technicians help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments.

Duties

Biological technicians typically do the following:

  • Set up, maintain, and clean laboratory instruments and equipment, such as microscopes, scales, and test tubes
  • Gather and prepare biological samples, such as blood, food, and bacteria cultures, for laboratory analysis
  • Conduct biological tests and experiments 
  • Document their work, including procedures, observations, and results
  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results
  • Write reports that summarize their findings

Most biological technicians work on teams. Biological technicians typically are responsible for doing scientific tests, experiments, and analyses under the supervision of biologists or other scientists who direct and evaluate their work. Biological technicians use traditional laboratory instruments, advanced robotics, and automated equipment to conduct experiments. They use specialized computer software to collect, analyze, and model experimental data. Some biological technicians collect samples in the field, so they may need certain skills, such as the ability to hike long distances over sometimes rugged terrain to collect water samples.

Biological technicians work in many research areas. They may assist medical researchers by helping to develop new medicines and treatments used to prevent, treat, or cure diseases.

Biological technicians working in a microbiological context, sometimes referred to as laboratory assistants, typically study living microbes and perform techniques specific to microbiology, such as growing cultures in petri dishes or staining specimens to aid in their identification.

Technicians working in biotechnology apply the knowledge and techniques they have gained from basic research to product development.  

Biological technicians also may work in private industry and assist in the study of a wide range of topics concerning mining and industrial production. They may test samples in environmental impact studies, or monitor production processes to help ensure that products are not contaminated.

Biological technicians working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture or other government agencies may perform biological testing to support agricultural research and wildlife and resource management goals.

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How To Become A Research Technician Lead

Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. It is important for prospective biological technicians to gain laboratory experience while they are in school.

Education

Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. Most colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs in the biological sciences.

Biological science programs usually include courses in general biology, as well as in specific subfields such as ecology, microbiology, and physiology. In addition to taking courses in biology, students must study chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Computer science courses are helpful for learning how to model and simulate biological processes and for learning how to operate some laboratory equipment. 

Laboratory experience is important for prospective biological technicians, so students should take biology courses that emphasize laboratory work.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Biological technicians need to conduct scientific experiments and analyses with accuracy and precision.

Communication skills. Biological technicians must understand and follow the instructions of their managing scientists. They also need to be able to communicate their processes and findings clearly in written reports.

Critical-thinking skills. Biological technicians draw conclusions from experimental results through sound reasoning and judgment.

Observational skills. Biological technicians must constantly monitor their experiments. They need to keep a complete, accurate record of their work, including the conditions under which the experiment was carried out, the procedures they followed, and the results they obtained.

Technical skills. Biological technicians need to set up and operate sophisticated equipment and instruments. They also may need to adjust equipment to ensure that experiments are conducted properly.

Other Experience

Prospective biological technicians should have laboratory experience. In addition to coursework, students may gain laboratory experience during summer internships with prospective employers, such as pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturers, or in university laboratories.

Advancement

Biological technicians may advance to scientist positions, such as microbiologist, after a few years of experience working as a technician or after earning a master’s degree or Ph.D. Gaining more experience and higher levels of education often allows biological technicians to move into positions such as natural sciences managers or postsecondary teachers.

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Average Yearly Salary
$76,000
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$43,000
Min 10%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
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$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
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$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Mayo Clinic
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Research Technician Lead make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Research Technician Lead in the United States is $76,617 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $135,000.

Real Research Technician Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Reserch Fellow Emerging Technologies Platform Lead Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Jul 01, 2015 $202,375
Research Technology Lead RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY May 16, 2011 $123,000 -
$150,000
Technical Lead Guest Researcher Kt Consulting-Nv, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Feb 05, 2011 $66,040
Lead Research Technologist Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Jan 01, 2012 $65,000
Lead Research Technologist Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Oct 01, 2014 $63,986
Lead Research Technologist Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Oct 01, 2011 $60,000
Lead Research Technologist Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Oct 01, 2010 $60,000
Lead Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Feb 01, 2015 $59,530
Lead Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Apr 01, 2013 $57,990
Lead Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Mar 01, 2011 $57,990
Lead Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Oct 19, 2011 $54,454
Lead Research Technologist Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Feb 26, 2016 $54,285
Lead Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA May 03, 2010 $54,000
Lead Research Technologist Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland, OH Jan 21, 2012 $53,579
Lead Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Nov 11, 2011 $53,361
Lead Research Technologist Children's Hospital Boston, MA Dec 23, 2015 $53,220
Lead Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA May 16, 2011 $53,000
Lead Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Sep 15, 2016 $52,500
Lead Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Feb 05, 2010 $50,357
Lead Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Jan 10, 2013 $50,088
Lead Research Technologist Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Mar 29, 2010 $50,000
Lead Research Technologist Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Jan 25, 2013 $48,942
Lead Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Feb 06, 2010 $48,402
Lead Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Dec 03, 2010 $48,152
Lead Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Dec 23, 2016 $47,985

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Top Skills for A Research Technician Lead

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Technical Support
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  • Completed Proof-Of-Concept (POC) system which successfully provided new capabilities for managing structured/unstructured data and metadata.
  • Harvested & extracted cells (cell culture).
  • Research projects - I created a standardized daily protocol for others to follow.
  • Managed the new product development process, including monthly executive updates, weekly category team meetings, and hazard reviews.

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Research Technician Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

56.4%

Female

30.8%

Unknown

12.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Asian

12.4%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

French

25.0%

Chinese

25.0%

Research Technician Lead Education

Schools

North Carolina State University

6.3%

University of Wisconsin Extension

6.3%

Oregon State University

6.3%

Harvard University

6.3%

University of Akron

6.3%

Pennsylvania State University

6.3%

University of Toledo

6.3%

University of Southern California

6.3%

University of Nevada - Reno

4.2%

University of Houston

4.2%

University of Washington

4.2%

Wright State University

4.2%

Emory University

4.2%

National University

4.2%

Drexel University

4.2%

Boston College

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

Indiana State University

4.2%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.2%
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Majors

Biology

19.9%

Chemistry

15.4%

Business

11.0%

Computer Science

9.6%

Management

3.7%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

3.7%

Wildlife Management

3.7%

Biotechnology

3.7%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Environmental Science

2.9%

Chemical Engineering

2.9%

Physiology And Anatomy

2.2%

Engineering Science

2.2%

Nursing

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Economics

2.2%

Zoology

2.2%

Psychology

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.6%

Masters

29.5%

Other

11.1%

Doctorate

10.7%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

2.6%
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