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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Laboratory Specialist

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 5267

UW Job Family: 52

SOC Code: 19-4011

Pay Grade: 18

Date: July 01, 2008

Job Purpose:

Performs technical laboratory/research tasks; conducts related laboratory experiments under limited supervision.

Minimum Qualifications


Associate's Degree


2 years work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Experimental procedures, protocols, and preparation techniques within area of specialty.
  • The cleaning specifications of various laboratory and/or medical equipment, fixtures, utensils, and related materials.
  • Related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • The machine processes in a testing or production laboratory.
  • The metric system.
  • Safety procedures for handling toxic chemicals and pathogenic substances.
  • Commonly used laboratory techniques, terminology, and equipment.
  • Laboratory testing procedures.
  • Computer software applications related to laboratory testing.
  • Project specimen management. 

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Measure reactions and determine necessary techniques, procedures and methods.
  • Operate and calibrate highly specialized and sensitive research equipment.
  • Ability to perform laboratory experiments with manual dexterity.
  • Follow safety rules and regulations concerning supplies, equipment and chemicals.
  • Maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Provide guidance and instruction in laboratory protocols and in the safe use of laboratory equipment.
  • Explain instructions and guidelines to others effectively.
  • Organize and coordinate the work of the unit.
  • Determine work priorities and assign work to employees.
  • Comprehend and make inferences from written material.
  • Manage project specimens.

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Secure, record and tabulate data relating to tests, experiments and collection of specimens.

Perform histology tasks such as cutting, staining, freezing and mounting tissue for microscopic examination.

Prepare laboratory experiments and culture media for microscopic examinations.

Assist staff in research projects and experiments; analyze data and identify developmental stages of specimens; assist with literature research.

Manage project specimens; determine appropriate time frames for specific experiments. 

Supplemental Functions:

Monitor cleanliness of project specimen habitat. 

Working Conditions:

Laboratory environment; occasionally subject to confined spaces; regular exposure to vapors, fumes, biological, chemical, radiation, and mechanical hazards. 

Distinguishing Features:

Laboratory Specialist Under supervision, gathers information and tabulates data relative to experiments and tests; prepares equipment, materials, and samples for laboratory tests; assists faculty and staff with research projects and experiments; and manages project specimens.

Laboratory Technician I Under general supervision, performs preparation, testing, analyses, quality control, data evaluation and completes reports and lab documentation; may request supplies; maintains lab equipment and lab materials; and responsible for daily laboratory operational functions.

Laboratory Technician II Under limited supervision, performs diagnostic/ research tests using laboratory procedures and complex analysis according to testing requirements, assists in developing new techniques and methods, trains students, supervises lab functions, and works with research faculty.

Laboratory Technician III Under very limited supervision, performs diagnostic/research tests using advanced laboratory procedures and highly complex equipment according to special requirements, creates new techniques and methods, contacts and discusses issues with clients and other laboratory or research professionals, teaches lab classes, gives presentations; autonomously manages laboratory operations; this is the final and highest level within the classification job description series for Laboratory Technicians. 

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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