University of Utah Lab Assistant in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 07/26/2017

Requisition Number PRN07067N

Job Title Lab Assistant

Working Title Lab Assistant (Work-Study)

Job Grade B

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Care Job Code?

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 19

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary


Is this a work study job? Yes

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00212 - Ctr Clin & Translational Sc.

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 9.62 to 17.31

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.

Job Summary

The Cellular Translational Research Core (CTRC) is searching for a biorepository technician who can consolidate a large number of cryopreserved biospecimens. TheCTRCis in the process of modernizing our biorepository services. In order to reach this goal, this new biorepository technician will be primarily responsible for locating, organizing, and moving biospecimens from freezers to liquid nitrogen cryotanks. Once biospecimens have been physically moved to their new storage location, the second step will require remapping sample information into our biorepository database. Therefore, half the work will be spent physically moving samples in our storage facility, and the other half will be spent updating database information on a computer. Besides biorepository services, we are experts inDNAextraction and induced-pluripotent stem cell generation. If time permits, the biorepository technician may be trained in these areas as well.

TheCTRCis a service-oriented laboratory. Our primary mission is to provide laboratory services, support, and expertise to investigators in order to accelerate their research. This position offers flexible scheduling and therefore is an excellent opportunity for soon-to-be graduating or recent undergraduates looking to expand their research skillsets before pursuing graduate studies, medical school, or a career in industry. If qualified, interested, and enjoy laboratory work, please apply and join our stimulating and rewarding core group.


1.Must work independently with minimal supervision.

2.Be able to properly handle precious and irreplaceable biospecimens without compromising them.

3.Be familiar with the safe handling of liquid nitrogen and other cryopreservation hazards.

4.Have competent computer skills and have basic knowledge using sample tracking software.

5.Must have skilled hands, be technically precise and meticulous when handling frozen samples.

6.A high level of quality control is important. Proper labelling, sample identification and tracking needs to be maintained at 100%.

7.Performs tests and procedures using sophisticated laboratory equipment.

8.Identify key protocols, follow or modify if necessary, and apply these methods to meet our lab’s specific needs.

9.Because our core facility interacts closely with a large number of investigators, professionalism and excellent customer service is expected.

10.Having a good understanding of research ethics is important.

11.It is required that this technician can listen and clearly communicate with customers in a friendly, knowledgeable, accurate, and timely manner.

12.After initial training, due to the flexible nature of this position, week day work can be performed at any time the candidate desires. However, hours must be coordinated with other staff and approved by the supervisor.

Problem Solving

This position assists senior laboratory personnel in planning methods and techniques. Work requires exercising independent judgment and basic theoretical knowledge of the applicable science. This position may include limited supervision of entry-level laboratory personnel, who may refer sensitive or unusual situations to the incumbent. If incumbent cannot find a resolution, the situation is referred to the supervisor.

• This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required:

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Often: Infectious disease, oils ( there is air or skin exposure to oils or other cutting fluids ), hazards ( includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, or exposure to chemicals ).

Seldom: Exposure to animals.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking, standing, sitting.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

This job posting is only available to University of Utah students who have been awarded a Federal Work-Study Award for the current year. Please login to CIS and go to the Finance/Financial Aid section to view your Financial Aid Status. If you have not received a Federal Work-Study Award, then do not complete and submit this application. Before hire, this employer will confirm that you have received a Federal Work-Study Award for the current year.

One year full-time laboratory experience or equivalency required; knowledge of laboratory techniques, equipment and terminology as well as knowledge of chemical and physical properties of materials or substances and appropriate specimen handling techniques required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are also required.OSHAtraining and certification in animal care and use or the willingness to complete the certification may be required by some departments.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


- Full-time U of U student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or other scientific discipline or equivalency.

- Prior laboratory bench work and culture work with human cell lines is desirable.

Applicants screened on departmental preferences

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to applicants, consistent with University policy and Utah state law. To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801) 581-7447.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.