Bioscience Skills Inventory

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Lab Skills

  • Maintain laboratory notebook
  • Obtain and read protocol, test procedure, or standard operating procedures
  • Check and sterilize equipment
  • Perform mathematical calculations and conversions
  • Use titration and pipetting techniques
  • Maintain reagent integrity (store properly, avoid cross-contamination, use at proper temperature, etc.)
  • Calculate and prepare dilution series
  • Monitor physical properties of reagents, buffers, media, and solution
  • Determine acceptability and optimum conditions of reagents for tests
  • Set up and work reactions
  • Perform basic separation techniques
  • Maintain and store manufactured product inventory

Microbiology Skills

  • Prepare, sterilize, and dispense media, buffers, and solutions
  • Identify and quantify microorganisms and cells
  • Isolate, maintain, and store pure cultures
  • Maintain and analyze fermentation materials
  • Harvest cells
  • Transform hosts
  • Perform bioassays
  • Decontaminate and dispose of equipment, glassware, and biologicals

Cell Biology Techniques

  • Isolate and characterize cell lines
  • Propagate plant and animal tissue
  • Use cryogenic techniques
  • Perform cytological tests

Nucleic Acid Techniques

  • Detect specific nucleic acid sequences
  • Isolate nucleic acids
  • Perform restriction digests
  • Perform gel electrophoresis
  • Label Nucleic acids
  • Perform nucleic acid sequencing procedures
  • Perform Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) procedures
  • Use sequence database
  • Perform basic cloning techniques

Protein Techniques

  • Detect specific proteins
  • Precipitate/solubilize proteins
  • Separate proteins, isolate or characterize proteins
  • Concentrate proteins
  • Perform protein assays

Equipment and Instrumentation

  • Autoclave
  • Balance
  • Bunsen Burner
  • Centrifuge
  • Chart recorder
  • Chromatography
  • Conductivity meter
  • Dry heat oven
  • Fluorimeter
  • Geiger counter
  • Hoods
  • Incubators
  • Micropipettor
  • Microscope
  • Mixers
  • pH meter
  • Polarimeter
  • Power supply
  • Scintillation counter
  • Shakers
  • Shields
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Stirrers
  • Thermocycler

Manufacturing & Production Procedures

  • Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and batch records
  • Perform manufacturing using current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
  • Obtain, weigh, measure, and check raw materials
  • Set up equipment for the production process
  • Perform cleaning (manual and Clean in Place (CIP)) and sterilization (autoclave and Sterilize in Place (SIP))
  • Prepare buffers and solutions
  • Inspect materials at all stages of process to determine quality or condition
  • Operate reactors and recover products
  • Apply purification techniques
  • Formulate, fill and inspect product
  • Label, package, and distribute final product

Quality Control/Quality Assurance

  • Review procedures or promotional materials to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Perform validation testing
  • Document product specifications
  • Perform statistical and data analysis
  • Inspect, release incoming inventory
  • Use test standards, controls
  • Maintain Quality Assurance logs
  • Document customer complaints
  • Revise and update standard operating procedures
  • Take and document corrective action according to SOP or as directed
  • Participate in proficiency testing
  • Calibrate and validate equipment systems and assess equipment performance

Regulatory Compliance

  • Follow Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
  • Understand and comply with all relevant laws imposed by federal regulatory agencies
  • Follow state and local regulations
  • Follow industry and professional regulations

Laboratory and Industrial Safety

  • Use laboratory equipment safely
  • Recognize common lab or plant hazards
  • Employ proper aseptic and sterilizing techniques
  • Maintain safety equipment
  • Recognize safety symbols and signs
  • Follow emergency procedures and protocols
  • Follow rules of electrical and physical safety
  • Maintain a sanitary and clutter-free lab or work environment
  • Observe rules of safety for the handling of chemical, biological, and radioactive materials
  • Understand and follow material safety data sheets (MSDS)
  • Follow chemical hygiene plans
  • Follow universal precautions for biological pathogens

General Business and Workplace Skills

  • Prepare and conduct presentations
  • Write non-technical information
  • Write technical information
  • Website content management
  • Work effectively on teams
  • Supervise others