A biochemist is usually hired by hospital laboratories or independent ones, where his or her main job is to work with samples and specimens to determine their biochemical content.
This work is truly technical and analytic in nature, and requires consummate skills in biochemistry, and great exposure to experimentation based in laboratories.
To work as a biochemist, it is imperative that you possess a degree in biochemistry. In addition to formal education, it is important for individuals hoping to work as biochemists to be able to work independently, adapt to different situations easily, possess the ability to learn new techniques, and have it in them to work simultaneously on several projects. Most facilities will want to hire an individual who has had some experience in a laboratory environment – usually, this position is not open to entry level job seekers.
Some of the main criteria that will decide if you are eligible for a biochemist position includes proven experience in root cause analysis and resolution, and experimental design and data interpretation, and working knowledge of basic statistics that are necessary to develop sampling plans and analyze data. In addition to this, you will need be able to prepare and fully understand data analysis reports and testing protocols. Here is a list of some of the duties that are expected of people working as biochemists:
Sample Job Description for Biochemist Resume
• Receive samples and specimens according to protocol, and ensure that they are properly stored until testing schedules are in order
• Design and conduct experiments to determine biochemical imbalances, and provide viable solutions
• Plan, conduct, analyze and document biochemical experiments, ensuring that procedures are developed to improve disease management processes
• Set up and calibrate laboratory equipment according to the specifications of each equipment part and instrument
• Analyze samples to determine type and extent of contamination, and ensure that such samples are isolated according to procedure
• Study the chemistry of living processes, such as cell development, growth and aging, and ensure that all derived information is properly documented
• Examine the chemical aspects of formation of antibodies and ensure that detailed studies of cell chemistry and blood corpuscles is carried out
• Create, develop and execute experiments to detect diseases, genetic disorders and a large array of abnormalities
• Write and submit reports of findings, ensuring that any urgent or emergent information is communicated in a timely manner
• Ascertain that all laboratory equipment and instruments are properly cleaned each day, and that both regular and preventative maintenance is performed on them