The Lab Technicians at DANDRITE are crucial for our laboratories as they conduct experiments, analyze data, maintain equipment, ensure safety compliance, and perform various essential tasks that contribute to accurate and reliable scientific outcomes.
Lab technicians in Denmark often undergo vocational education and training. There are various VET programs available, and one specific to lab technicians is the "Laborant" program. This program typically lasts 3-4 years and combines theoretical classroom learning with practical, hands-on training in laboratories. Often lab technician programs may include an apprenticeship component, where students work in real-world laboratory settings under the supervision of experienced professionals. This allows students to gain practical skills and apply theoretical knowledge.
Taro Kitazawa, Group Leader:
"The Lab Techs in my lab take care of ordering and invoices. Lab safety (e.g., AU rules, waste, chemicals). Routine experiments (e.g., mouse genotyping, plasmid construction, prep of buffers, and reagent). Communication with facilities (e.g., mouse facility, department admin). Danish communication is useful. They get tips on lab management from daily communications with other techs and Danish people in AU"
"I have experience from Japan and Switzerland, and I got the impression that Danish techs are specialized to be ‘technicians’, rather than ‘researchers’. Maybe because Danish techs are normally educated in tech schools, which is different from PhD-postdoc researcher paths"
Sadegh Nabavi, Group Leader:
"Our lab technician is mainly involved in routine works. This includes administrative jobs, helping students in some of their basic experiments. For a couple of reasons, I found it more difficult to get technicians to do more advanced experiments such as surgery".
"I am more positive with our lab technician than those I worked with abroad. Our lab technician takes her job more professionally and seriously and is more organized".
"The role of lab technicians I think varies more across labs than across countries. Doing the administrative jobs is common but the details of what lab-works they may do vary more".
Benedicte Vestergaard is the Lab Technician in Poul Henning Jensens lab. Here she shares her tasks during an average work-week