Job Information

University of Utah Hourly Research Assistant (Work Study) in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 06/11/2021

Requisition Number PRN11268N

Job Title Hourly Research Assistant

Working Title Hourly Research Assistant (Work Study)

Job Grade B

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code?

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 10.00

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

To be determined

Is this a work study job? Yes

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00137 - Geography Department

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 9.62 to 17.31

Close Date

Job Summary

This laboratory research position will contribute to PhD-level research within the Department of Geography focusing on natural and human-caused fires in South Africa over the past several thousand years.

The lab assistant’s primary duties will include preparing sediment samples for microscope analysis of charred plant remains. Specifically, this position will require detailed sampling by cutting small sections of a sediment core and learning to safely use laboratory chemicals that dissolve sediments and allow for sieving and capturing fossil plant remains. If there is sufficient interest, this position could evolve towards studying charcoal under the microscope and participating in data analysis. The laboratory space is located at the Natural History Museum of Utah. 10 hours of work/week is expected.

This position is considered Category I: Mandatory and required on campus or health care facilities to support on-site operations. Employees hired into this category will be required to be physically located at our location if they are healthy and without COVID -19 symptoms.


Minimum Qualifications


Minimum Qualifications:

- Current University of Utah undergraduate student with Work Study funding

- Interest in science

- High attention to detail

- Willingness and ability to work alone in lab spaces

- Ability to participate in virtual trainings and meetings

- Excellent time management, communication skills and organization

Preferred Qualifications:

- Pursuing a degree in a STEM field

- Previous experience working independently in a laboratory

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


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.

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.