University of Utah Lab Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah
Open Date 05/16/2017
Requisition Number PRN14231B
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
M-F with occasional nights and weekends as required by lab
VP Area Health Sciences
Department 00247 - Pathology
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range 15.19 to 21.50
NOTE: May close at anytime.
Open Until Filled
NOTE: May close at anytime. Yes
Performs advanced laboratory techniques and procedures in a research laboratory. May provide veterinary technical support for animal model studies.
The Lab Specialist will assist senior laboratory personnel with their experiments and lab operations. This entails regular planning discussions with a supervisor, performing technical procedures in a research laboratory under minimal supervision, recording protocols, observations and measurements in a laboratory notebook, and reporting results to a supervisor.
Primary responsibilities of this position include:
1.DNA,RNAand protein isolation from human cells and blood plasma
2. Molecular biology assays includingPCR, multiplexedPCR, qPCR, restriction digest, ligation, bacterial plasmid cloning, Western blots
3. Mammalian cell culture including transfections and cell proliferation assays
4. Fluorescence microscopy
5. General laboratory organization including keeping supplies ordered and stocked
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.
1. A Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry or related field
2. Skilled in the use of laboratory equipment
3. Knowledge of laboratory techniques, equipment, terminology, materials and substances
4. The ability to independently gain new skills and solve problems
5. Effective communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English
6. Training and certification in laboratory safety and animal care or the willingness to complete the certification preferred.
7. Prior experience performingPCR, qPCR, bacterial plasmid cloning, and human cell culture.
Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary
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