Job Information

University of Utah Animal/Research Technician in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 01/09/2024

Requisition Number PRN37369B

Job Title Study Coordinator

Working Title Animal/Research Technician

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Variable

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00258 - Emergency Medical Physicians

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 31600 to 48000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

We are looking for a motivated and passionate individual to join our research team in a dual role as an Entry-Level Research Veterinary Technician and Bench Top Science Assistant. This unique opportunity allows you to contribute to both animal care and laboratory-based research. As a vital member of our team, you will gain valuable experience in supporting the daily operations of our research facility and contribute to benchtop science activities. Our ideal candidate independently provides clinical care to research animals, participates in all aspects of the health and welfare of laboratory animals, maintains accurate anesthesia records, and works closely with research scientists, veterinarians, and other team members to support the successful execution of research protocols. If you are an individual with a strong interest in both animal care and benchtop science, and you are eager to embark on a diverse and rewarding career path, we encourage you to apply for the Entry-Level Research Veterinary Technician / Bench Top Science Assistant position. Join us in making a positive impact on scientific research and the welfare of laboratory animals.


1. Animal Care and Handling:

a. Provide daily care, handling, and monitoring of research animals.

b. Ensure compliance with ethical and regulatory standards for the humane treatment of animals.

c. Administer medications and treatments as prescribed by veterinarians or researchers.

2. Surgical Support:

a. Maintain surgical and anesthesia equipment, ensuring its proper functioning.

b. Performs veterinary procedures such as, but not limited to, blood collection, parenteral and oral administration of materials, animal restraint, anesthesia, tissue collection, etc.

c. Provides skilled technical assistance in animal research methodologies in current and pending projects including pre-operative preparation and anesthesia, sample collection, animal handling, peri-operative support and monitoring, post-operative and clinical management and problem-solving.

d. Provide pre, peri and post-operative care including, but not limited to: shaving and skin preparation, animal transport, administration of anesthesia and analgesia, intubation, bandaging, or any other treatment as directed by the veterinarian.

e. Clean, prepare, pack, and sterilize surgical instruments/equipment.

3. Facility Maintenance:

a. Assist in maintaining cleanliness and orderliness in animal facilities.

b. Ensure proper sanitation of cages, equipment, and work spaces.

4. Data Collection and Recording:

a. Assist in collecting and recording accurate data related to animal health, behavior, and experimental outcomes.

b. Maintain organized records and contribute to data entry tasks.

5. Assistance in Experimental Procedures:

a. Support research scientists and senior technicians in conducting experimental procedures.

b. Learn and apply proper techniques for animal handling, restraint, and sample collection.

6. Collaboration:

a. Work closely with team members to contribute to the success of research projects.

b. Participate in team meetings and communicate effectively to ensure seamless collaboration.

7. Training and Professional Development:

a. Participate in on-the-job training to enhance technical skills and knowledge.

b. Stay updated on industry best practices and seek opportunities for professional growth.

8. Bench Top Science Support:

a. Assist in laboratory-based research activities, including sample preparation and basic laboratory techniques.

b. Learn and follow established protocols for experiments and data collection.

c. Perform blots and tissue analysis under the guidance of experienced researchers.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education) required. IRB CITI Course in the Protection of Human Research subjects certificate obtained within six months of hire and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are also required.

Some departments may require IATA DGR training within six months.

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


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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