University of Utah Lab Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah
Open Date 06/07/2017
Requisition Number PRN14431B
Job Title Lab Specialist
Working Title Lab Specialist
Job Grade D
FLSA Code Nonexempt
Patient Care Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Work Schedule Summary
VP Area Health Sciences
Department 00276 - Pharmacology and Toxicology
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range 15.19 to 28.08 DOE
NOTE: May close at anytime.
Open Until Filled
NOTE: May close at anytime. Yes
Seeking a highly motivated Lab specialist with strong ambition and commitment to a productive environment within the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Utah. The laboratory focuses on the characterization of the molecular pathways that drive cancer progression with the aim of identifying novel therapies for the treatment of cancer.
Candidates must possess a BSc/Master’s degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular pharmacology or related field with at least 3 years’ lab experience. Candidates should have good proficiency in general cell biology and molecular biology techniques including cell culture, molecular cloning, western blots and cell viability/reporter assays. Familiarity with protein expression and purification techniques, and/or with animal handling and surgery is desirable though not required. Candidate should have good organizational skills, the ability to work independently, and to adopt new techniques where necessary.
The candidate will
- Oversee general functions of the lab such as ordering and equipment maintenance;
- Perform reporter and viability based screens to identify novel cancer signaling pathways;
- Perform western blots to characterize novel cancer signaling pathways;
- Maintain cancer cell lines and create new stable cell lines where appropriate
- Participate in the planning and execution of experiments involving mouse surgery.
- The candidate will also perform other laboratory support functions where required including tissue processing, data analysis, plasmid preps,DNAandRNApurification and buffer preparation.
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.
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry or other scientific discipline or equivalency; two years full-time laboratory experience; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Working knowledge of advanced scientific techniques and procedures as well as the ability to make statistical calculations, analyze results, prepare reports and perform specialized tests also required.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
Tissue culture and molecular biology techniques
Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary
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