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Laboratory Manager

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€38k > 65
Laboratory Management
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€38 - 65
Related Information:
Laboratory Manager: 45 - 65
Laboratory Supervisor: 38 - 60
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / Hudson

Last Updated: February, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

Shortages in relation to the following job title were specifically identified by the National Skills Bulletin 2017:

Chemists/analytical scientists; "especially product formulation, and analytical development for roles in biopharma"

Quality control analyst; "including pharma co-vigilance (i.e. drug safety) roles."

"The skills in short supply chiefly related to experienced candidates (e.g. five years or more) and niche scientific areas typically associated with the pharmaceutical, biopharma and food innovation industries. In particular, there was a demand for scientists with experience in compliance, regulatory affairs and new product development."

Occupational Category

Chemical, biological & physical scientists

Also included in this category:

Analytical chemists; industrial chemists; biomedical scientists; forensic scientists; microbiologists; geologists; medical physicists; meteorologists.

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 6%
Aged over 55: 0%
Male / Female: 60 / 40%
Non-Nationals: 79%
With Third Level: 95%
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Manages all aspects of the laboratory service in chemical, research or clinical laboratories and ensures appropriate staffing, equipment, quality and safety.

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A Laboratory Manager manages all aspects of the laboratory service in chemical, research or clinical laboratories and ensures appropriate staffing, equipment, quality and safety for accreditation by the Irish National Accreditation Board.

Laboratory Managers, also known as Senior Lab Technicians are responsible for overseeing the work activities and personnel of a scientific laboratory. Laboratory managers are responsible for organising and controlling all aspects of a laboratory environment.

Laboratory Managers could be involved in a variety of research projects such as diagnosing diseases, measuring levels of pollution or developing new products. 

A laboratory manager performs a variety of general and laboratory-specific administrative duties. He/She usually evaluates and hires job applicants, and organises or administers training and laboratory orientation. 

Work involves making risk assessments for the laboratory and ensuring that the company's Health & Safety policy is adhered to as well as keeping track of all laboratory equipment and materials.

Work also involves assisting staff, students or others by providing lab equipment instructions or procedural guidance. The lab Manager must anticipate potential problems and help staff to resolve them as they occur to get back on schedule. A laboratory manager also consult or arrange staff consultations with experts from various fields whose knowledge can help with the completion of work tasks.

Lab Managers act as an interface between the client and laboratory staff and may be required to create and follow a budget. 

An important aspect of a Lab Manager's work is ensuring the proper handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials. 

Maintenance usually involves inspection, cleaning, calibration, testing and repair of lab equipment; and organisation and cleaning of the lab, including preparation and storage rooms. If necessary, the laboratory manager will contact vendors to provide maintenance services.

A Lab Manager will also determine when the laboratory needs to be open for students or researchers. 


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Good practical and technical skills are essential for this position. Attention to detail is necessary as well as an inquisitive and analytical mind.

Good organisational skills are key in order to plan the team's workload and meet tight deadlines. 

Strong problem solving, maths and IT skills are vital as are communication skills in order to delegate work to the team and to communicate research findings with colleagues.

For work in some laboratories (especially for companies that make dyes and pigments) you may be tested for colour vision.

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