YOUR CAREER AS A
SCIENCE LABORATORY TECHNICIAN
Science technicians play a vital role in supporting forestry research, whether at Scion or in other research organisations or businesses. The work can be varied and interesting, and could include any of the following:
- working on-site or in laboratories, for example setting up equipment, collecting and analysing samples, or collecting data
- laboratory-based or desk-based work
- data entry
- maintaining equipment and utilising specialist equipment and technology
- report writing.
If you are keen on scientific investigation and discovery, but are more of a practical rather than academic person, a science technician role could suit you well. Science technicians needs to have a natural strength at following instructions, communicating well with others, and enjoy working as part of team.
Specialisations will depend on what type of research team you are employed to work in. The research needing the assistance of science technicians may include:
- analytical chemistry,
- water and soil sample analysis,
- spray deposition,
- polymer testing,
- analysing characteristics of composites
- making and testing wood packaging,
- working with degradation,
- rearing or identifying insect pests
- growing plant diseases on agar,
- molecular analysis,
- DNA sequencing,
- tissue culture
Degree or diploma
Absence from home
Science technicians often have a Bachelor in Science degree (B.Sc) with a specialisation, or receive on-the-job training for the equipment they are using in the work place.
Junior technicians can progress through the ranks to more senior levels. Some technicians become extremely specialist, and contribute to academic papers and other research outputs.