University of Utah Sr Laboratory Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 07/06/2017

Requisition Number PRN14727B

Job Title Sr Laboratory Specialist

Working Title Sr Laboratory Specialist

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Care Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area Health Sciences

Department 00276 - Pharmacology and Toxicology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 39300 to 72700

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.

Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime. Yes

Job Summary

Independently performs or directs the performance of highly specialized and complex research where original scientific contributions are expected as a result of acquired experience as a seasoned professional.

This position is contingent on additional funding after August 31,2018.


1Works independently to design experiments; collect, manage, and statistically analyze data; reviews and writes research reports.

2Applies independent judgment to assess the validity of data collected and to interpret results.

3Devises, refines and implements new methods and techniques or modifies existing processes by utilizing advanced knowledge.

4Performs surgeries and administers pharmacological agents (i.p., s.c.,, intrajugular, into brain regions) to rodents. Performs behavioral assessments of motor and learning and memory functions.

5Directs the daily operation of the lab including hiring and training of laboratory personnel (including undergraduates and graduate and post-doctoral trainees), developing and enforcing standard operating procedures.

6Purchases, prepares, operates and maintains laboratory and experimental testing equipment and supplies.

7Oversees regulatory processes in the laboratory including Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and Environmental Health and Safety requirements and provides laboratory personnel with training in safe handling of animal subjects and chemical and biological hazards.

8May coauthor research papers and publications in collaboration with PI.

9May represent the University by presenting research and findings to peers at conventions and conferences.

Problem Solving

1.Incumbents in this position work independently to review, analyze and interpret the results of the data collected and assist the principal investigator in getting the information presented to peers and published in appropriate journals.

2.Incumbents in this position are responsible for addressing unusual or sensitive situations and for bringing them to resolution. If they are unable to bring them to resolution, they will consult with the principal investigator to obtain resolution.

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 ).

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 an appropriate scientific discipline or equivalency, plus four years of related full-time laboratory experience required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

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


Experience with surgical preparation, pharmacological treatment, and behavioral assessment of rodent models of neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases desired.

Experience with standard laboratory techniques includingHPLC, western blotting, immunohisto- and immunocyto-chemistry, and confocal microscopy desired.

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.