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Agricultural and Food Science Technicians work with agricultural and food scientists to monitor food production and food safety.  

Agricultural science technicians typically develop and follow protocols to store crop and animal samples, operate farm equipment and maintain agricultural ... Read more

Animal technicians take care of the laboratory animals that are used in biotechnology research, veterinary research, and product testing. Laboratory animals play an important role in helping scientists understand how drugs behave in a biological system.

The most commonly used ... Read more

Biofuel technicians carry out the laboratory work involved in producing biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.

Biofuel technicians work with fermenters, distillation, grain preparation, algae culture, oil chemistry, and separations technology.

They can work ... Read more

Cell culture technicians grow living cells in culture flasks, bioreactors, plates and other kinds of containers.  The types of cells they grow can come from plants or animals.  Sometimes cell culture technicians start cultures directly from tissues such as umbilical cords or tumor biopsies.   ... Read more

Chemistry Quality Control teams perform daily bench work. To meet required levels of quality, they test all raw materials, packing materials, and finished products according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). Technicians operate sophisticated test equipment and use advanced computers to ... Read more

Clinical Research Associates are responsible for conducting studies to examine the safety and efficacy of new drugs in human patients. These studies are known as clinical trials.  Clinical Research Associates follow GCPs (Good Clinical Practices) and ICH (Registration of Pharmaceuticals for ... Read more

Workers in bioscience facilities and research environments can be exposed to a variety of chemical, biological or physical hazards as they perform daily tasks. Government agencies strictly enforce regulations related to workplace safety, health and the environment. Environmental Health and ... Read more

Environmental science and protection technicians monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination, including those affecting health.

Environmental science and protection technicians typically inspect establishments, including public places and businesses, to ... Read more

Facilities Technicians are responsible for the operation and maintenance of biomanufacturing buildings and equipment. They monitor operations daily. They oversee systems that include heating, lighting, refrigeration, air conditioning, plumbing, water purification, air filtering, and electrical ... Read more

Food inspectors provide inspections of organizations that handle and prepare food, including restaurants, supermarkets and even slaughterhouses. Food inspectors make sure food producers meet proper guidelines to ensure food is safe for human consumption.  Food inspectors can also ensure proper ... Read more

Genomics technicians use a range of technologies related to determining and comparing DNA and RNA sequences.  They isolate RNA and DNA from samples.  They construct libraries, perform quality control, carry out titrations, and work with a variety of microarray, PCR, and DNA sequencing ... Read more

Glass Washers are responsible for washing and drying glassware and distributing it to the appropriate locations within laboratories.

Researchers rely heavily on the sterile laboratory glassware in their experiments. A glass washer must handle and clean glassware properly to ... Read more

These positions are for people who like to work with plants, enjoy being more outdoors, but also like to understand science.  They care for plants that have been created through genetic engineering and have to understand how to plant seeds, pollinate flowers, water and weed plant beds, plant ... Read more

These jobs are for people who like to work with electronic equipment and are interested in biotechnology. Instrumentation technicians calibrate mechanical and laboratory instruments throughout the biomanufacturing facility. They must be able to understand, calibrate and validate instruments that ... Read more

These positions are also known by other names such as  laboratory support worker, clean room technician, cleaning technician, glasswasher, laboratory helper, laboratory aide, and equipment preparation technician. Generally only a high school diploma is required but an individual ... Read more

Laboratory Safety Associates, sometimes described as Lab Safety Officers or Lab Safety Specialists, are responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment and ensuring that the workplace complies with government regulations.

A Lab Safety Associate is expected to ... Read more

They work on experiments and procedures in research on projects and products that could cure disease, improve crops, help clean up the environment, and detect contaminated food.  There may be some routine work but the possibilities for a variety of tasks and independent thinking are huge if the ... Read more

These are entry-level positions for people with a high school diploma. Other titles for this position are aseptic fill assistant, cell culture and fermentation assistant, cell lab operator, manufacturing operator, media preparation assistant, packaging and filling inspector, production assistant ... Read more

Downstream processes are those in  which the products are harvested, tested, purified and packaged.

Upstream processes are those in which biological materials are either obtained from an outside source or inoculated and grown in culture, under controlled conditions, to manufacture certain ... Read more

Upstream processes are those in which biological materials are either obtained from an outside source or inoculated and grown in culture, under controlled conditions, to manufacture certain types of products.  
Downstream processes are those in which the products are harvested, tested, ... Read more

Microbial contaminants can enter a biomanufacturing production system and impact the product outcomes. Microbiology Quality Control Technicians must understand, monitor and prevent these impurities. Daily team protocols must be followed to control environmental factors and maintain sterility. ... Read more

These technicians must have experiences in general molecular biology techniques including DNA/RNA extraction, modification, PCR, high throughput automation of RNA and DNA, transformation, clone selection and propagation. Another example is to know about various recombinant protein expression ... Read more

Process Development Associates evaluate biomanufacturing processes, improve them, and scale them up for larger batches of materials. Their goals are to improve product yield and reduce overall costs of production. In addition to scaling up to produce larger amounts, these associates also work on ... Read more

Product Develop Technicians, sometimes called "Product Development Associates," assist with the creation and production of medical devices (products for use in the medical sciences). The medical device field has a broad range of products, including coronary artery stents, orthopedic devices, ... Read more

Purification technicians purify proteins using column chromatography, HPLC, FPLC, and monitor purity using fluorescence technologies, SDS-PAGE and Western Blot Analysis.  Technicians use these techniques to perform experiments to develop and validate chromatographic and other analytical methods ... Read more

Documentation is critically important in biomanufacturing. Well-defined production Standard Operating Procedure documents enable consistent manufacture of the product as intended. Documentation not only helps make sure tasks and duties are standardized and adequately understood by all - it also ... Read more

Quality assurance specialists are charged with managing the system and procedures that prevent mistakes and help avoid problems.

QC technicians with a bachelor’s degree and four to six years experience can be promoted to quality control analysts. With additional experience ... Read more

Quality control technicians test materials before, during, and after production to measure the characteristics of materials and ensure that they conform to specifications.

They are responsible for inspecting and testing the raw materials and products to make sure they meet ... Read more

Technical service representatives assist customers with instruments or reagents that they have purchased from companies that provide scientific products or services.  

The customers they work with are in both industry or the research communities.  They spend much of their time ... Read more

Validation Specialists (also known as Validation Technicians) participate in validation, temperature mapping, and calibration activities.  They measure instrument or software performance to determine if tools are performing as described.  They often establish and maintain methods to control the ... Read more

Water quality technicians test for microbes and chemical contaminants in recreational, potable, and waste water to determine if the water meets EPA standards. 

They follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). They are responsible for calibrating and maintaing the equipment ... Read more