University of Utah Lab Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 06/30/2017

Requisition Number PRN14670B

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

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm

VP Area Health Sciences

Department 00224 - Internal Medicine Admin

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 15.19 to 28.08

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.

Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime. Yes

Job Summary

Internal Medicine seeks an experienced lab specialist (or senior lab specialist depending on experience – please apply to separate Sr Laboratory Specialist posting) to participate in the department chair’s research program, which is focused on the genetic epidemiology of inherited forms of prostate cancer. The specialist will perform all relevant laboratory techniques and procedures for genome wide association studies, linkage analysis, next generation sequencing, and germline/tumor studies.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to work independently.


The specialist will perform all relevant laboratory techniques and procedures for genome wide association studies, linkage analysis, next generation sequencing, and germline/tumor studies.

The primary responsibilities of this position are to:

1.Isolate and prepare humanDNAfor exome and candidate gene sequencing.

2.Manage research databases and review records to select specimens for inclusion in different research studies. Compile relevant clinical, familial and epidemiologic data on subjects.

3.Receive biological samples from participants and prepare/store genomicDNA

4.Coordinate the genetic analysis of samples with internal core facilities and external sites.

5.Prepare specimens for shipping and tracks samples sent and received.

6.Perform and direct specialized and complex lab tests and experiments.

7.Assist the Principal Investigator in the design, implementation and performance of new protocols and procedures as well as the modification of existing techniques.

8.Review scientific journals, abstracts and other literature for information concerning experimental procedures.

9.Make advanced statistical calculations, analyzes data and prepare reports summarizing research results.

10.Operate complex and highly specialized laboratory equipment. Instructs others in their use.

11.Maintain a log of supplies used in procedures. May assist with receipt and inspection of raw materials, and ordering and stocking of materials and equipment.

12.May supervise, train and review the work of laboratory personnel.

13.May prepare equipment and rooms for studies. May be responsible for cleaning, disinfecting, and maintaining cleanrooms and equipment.

14.May assist with preparing budgets.

Problem Solving

The Lab Specialist assists in the development of research protocols and designs. Modifies and implement procedures. Records and interprets research results. The incumbent works independently, under the general supervision of the PI and laboratory manager. Work may include training and supervising other laboratory personnel, who may refer sensitive or unusual situations to the incumbent. Problems that cannot be resolved by the incumbent will be referred to the most senior Lab personnel.

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

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.


Prior laboratory research experience in molecular genetics.

Prior experience withDNAsequencing and array-based analyses.

Prior experience working with related University of Utah core facilities.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Please also include:

• Cover Letter

• Description of prior relevant laboratory experience with genome wide association studies, linkage analysis, next generation sequencing, and germline/tumor

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 qualified applicants, upon request and 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”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, 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 for information.

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