University of Utah Lab Technician in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 07/05/2017

Requisition Number PRN14705B

Job Title Lab Technician

Working Title Lab Technician

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Care Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40 hours

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F, between 9am – 7pm, some weekends required.

VP Area Health Sciences

Department 01354 - HCI Early Translational Cores

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 12.02 to 21.63

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.

Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime. Yes

Job Summary

ThePRRprovides high-quality services for basic and translational cancer research underway at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah. ThePRRhas a cancer translational research-centered mission to facilitate the use of the most current and sophisticated in vivo cancer models available for preclinical drug development and identification of relevant biomarkers for treatment selection and evaluation.

ThePRRmission includes developing strategies for predictive preclinical research with the goal of facilitating their routine application in clinical research in order to achieve optimal outcomes in the management of various cancers.PRRachieves its mission through internal projects focused on applied preclinical model development and through collaborations focused on therapeutics and biomarker development.

The resources and expertise of thePRRenables clinicians and researchers to utilize in vivo cancer models including; patient-derived xenografts (PDX), genetically engineered mouse models (GEMM) and cell-line xenografts. ThePRRprovides the expertise and reagents necessary to perform a wide variety of experiments related to tumor biology including: a viable patient sample collection,PDXand cell line banks, immunocompromised mouse colonies, ABSL2 animal housing as well as extensive surgical and dosing experience.

We provide start-to-finish services for in vivo experimentation, including experimental design consultation, tumor cell transplant, tumor growth monitoring and imaging (Biopticon TumorImager,IVISSpectrum, Quantum microCT, and X-ray), preparation of therapeutic agents, harvested tissues, and interpretation of results. In collaboration with clinicians and the Biorepository and Molecular Pathology Resource we have a streamlined process for sample collection andPDXdevelopment.

The hired technician will be involved in a variety of research projects. Some of the specific techniques to which the technician might learn and apply, include: cell/tissue culture, immunohistochemistry, cryosectioning, fluorescence microscopy, nucleic acid isolation andPCR, protein extraction, Western blot,ELISA, small animal surgery and dissection, as well as processing patient blood and tissue samples. Prior applied research experience is required. The successful applicant will have a strong educational foundation in the biological sciences (especially cell and molecular biology) and will be motivated, hard-working, have excellent critical thinking skills, embrace and understand safety and compliance protocols, and work well with others.

Animal husbandry 20%

Animal experimentation 40%

Tissue banking 10%

Molecular biology 10%

Laboratory maintenance 10%

Data analysis, preparation and presentation 10%


Essential Functions:

-Conduct experiments, compile and analyze data, draw tentative conclusions

-Present results

-Maintain an organized detailed laboratory notebook

-Develop plans for research experiments

-Develop protocols and/or optimize existing protocols as necessary

-Review laboratory methods manuals, scientific journals, abstracts and other literature for information applicable to research experiments

-Prepare culture media, chemicals, reagents and solutions;

-Sustain sufficient inventory of material, supplies and equipment for performance of duties

-Clean and maintain tissue culture facilities

-Collect mouse tissue; process human blood and tissue samples for culture or other analysis.

-Complete management of animal experiments

-Carrying out animal manipulations including: injections, bleeds, and tissue harvesting for post mortem analysis.

-Proper respect for and humane care and handling of research animals in accordance with organizational,IACUC, and standard operating procedures.

-Properly clean and sanitize equipment.

-Routine animal maintenance and care including cage cleaning, bedding changes, feeding, watering, etc.

-General knowledge of veterinary animal support procedures, including anesthetic induction, monitoring, and recovery procedures. Must be able to monitor vital signs and assess the condition of research animals using standard veterinary monitoring procedures.


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.

Work is performed in accordance with the supervision of senior laboratory personnel and through periodic conferences with superior.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or other scientific disciplines in a related field or equivalency required; knowledge of complex laboratory techniques, equipment, terminology, materials and substances. Skilled in the use of laboratory equipment, ability to create and analyze statistical calculations and prepare reports required; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills 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.


The preferred candidate should have a B.S. or higher degree in Biology or a related field. Previous laboratory experience in a molecular biology, biochemistry, and animal husbandry is highly desirable. The applicant should have a good working knowledge of molecular biology and genetics, as well as basic computer skills. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated initiative, curiosity and dedication to scientific research as well as the ability to work independently and in a team environment.

Type Benefited Staff

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 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.