Job Information

University of Utah Biorepository Lab Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 07/22/2021

Requisition Number PRN27060B

Job Title Lab Specialist

Working Title Biorepository Lab Specialist

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary


VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 01709 - CCTS - PRECISION MEDICINE

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 15.19 to 21.00

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Cellular Translational Research Core ( CTRC ) is searching for a biorepository lab specialist who can consolidate a large number of cryopreserved biospecimens. The CTRC is in the process of modernizing our biorepository services. In order to reach this goal, this new biorepository lab specialist will be primarily responsible for locating, organizing, and moving biospecimens from freezers to liquid nitrogen cryotanks. Once biospecimens have been physically moved to their new storage location, the second step will require remapping sample information into our biorepository database. Therefore, half the work will be spent physically moving samples in our storage facility, and the other half will be spent updating database information on a computer. Besides biorepository services, we are experts in DNA extraction and induced-pluripotent stem cell generation. If time permits, the biorepository lab specialist may be trained in these areas as well.

The CTRC is a service-oriented laboratory. Our primary mission is to provide laboratory services, support, and expertise to investigators in order to accelerate their research. If qualified, interested, and enjoy laboratory work, please apply and join our stimulating and rewarding core group.


· Must work independently with minimal supervision.

· Be able to properly handle precious and irreplaceable biospecimens without compromising them.

· Be familiar with the safe handling of liquid nitrogen and other cryopreservation hazards.

· Have competent computer skills and have basic knowledge using sample tracking software.

· Must have skilled hands, be technically precise and meticulous when handling frozen samples.

· A high level of quality control is important. Proper labelling, sample identification and tracking needs to be maintained at 100%.

· Performs tests and procedures using sophisticated laboratory equipment.

· Identify key protocols, follow or modify if necessary, and apply these methods to meet our lab’s specific needs.

· Because our core facility interacts closely with a large number of investigators, professionalism and excellent customer service is expected.

· Having a good understanding of research ethics is important.

· It is required that this technician can listen and clearly communicate with customers in a friendly, knowledgeable, accurate, and timely manner.

· After initial training, due to the flexible nature of this position, week day work can be performed at any time the candidate desires. However, hours must be coordinated with other staff and approved by the supervisor.

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.

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.

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.


Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or other scientific discipline or equivalency preferred; Prior laboratory bench work is preferred. Prior biorepository work preferred, especially with human cell lines is desirable.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

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

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are 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.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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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.