As a biomedical researcher, you'll carry out a range of laboratory and scientific tests on tissue samples and fluids to help clinicians diagnose and treat diseases. You'll also evaluate the effectiveness of treatments.
Roles and responsibilities
What does a Biomedical Researcher do?
Biomedical Researchers may perform the following tasks:
- perform routine and specialist analytical testing on a range of biological samples
- give test results to medical staff, who use the information to diagnose and treat the patient's illness
- process patient samples in good time and make sure that turnaround times for reporting results are achieved
- priortise your workload and perform urgent analytical testing as required
- identify abnormal or unexpected results and report back and follow up with requesting clinicians
- maintain and run specialist lab equipment
- maintain and order stocks of materials
- answer telephone enquiries about test results and other general lab issues
- accurately record data, write reports and share results
- develop new methods of investigation and keep up to date with diagnostic innovations
- support the lab's quality management system and observe all relevant health and safety regulations
- supervise, mentor and support trainee biomedical scientists and other support staff
- keep your professional knowledge up to date and take responsibility for your continuing professional development.
What personal requirements will you need?
- practical laboratory skills and manual dexterity
- analytical skills
- patience and the ability to work accurately and efficiently
- the ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines
- a willingness to accept responsibility and use common sense
- flexibility and the ability to work with a range of equipment and techniques
- communication and teamworking skills
- the ability to work under pressure while maintaining standards of service
- the ability to work alone or under instruction
- IT skills.
Postgraduate Courses To Become
Coursework courses to pursue this career
The University of Western Australia