Job Information

University of Utah Lab Assistant - Work Study in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 09/12/2022

Requisition Number PRN12995N

Job Title Lab Technician

Working Title Lab Assistant - Work Study

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code?

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 15

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Mostly weekdays. Occasional weekend required. There is flexibility in the work schedule once the candidate demonstrates mastery of the required job skills.

Is this a work study job? Yes

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00213 - CVRTI

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 12.02 to 21.63

Close Date

Job Summary

The Chaudhuri Laboratory is located within the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute at the University of Utah ( CVRTI ). The Chaudhuri lab studies mitochondrial calcium signaling and intracellular ion channels. A main goal is to define how hear failure alters mitochondrial calcium signaling, since calcium is a potent stimulator of ATP synthesis. A second goal is to study intracellular ion channels, utilizing our extensive experience in subcellular electrophysiological analysis. The lab specialist will perform advanced research laboratory techniques and procedures under minimal supervision by applying standard scientific techniques and analytical principles.

Additional information about our laboratory’s research mission can be found at

Additional information about the CVRTI can be found at

The ideal candidate will perform technical procedures in a research laboratory under minimal supervision. Responsibilities include basic cell culture and molecular biology, processing of tissue samples, and laboratory upkeep. Records observations and measurements and reports results. Helps clean and maintain equipment. Assists with receipt and inspection of raw materials, and ordering and stocking of materials and equipment.


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. OSHA training 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.



· Confers with the principal investigator or other senior personnel regarding the procedures and techniques to be followed in conducting research.

· Performs experiments according to established procedures.

· Prepares reagents, bacterial/mammalian cell cultures, compounds, solutions and other media for research experimentation.

· Follows prescribed procedures for maintaining laboratory equipment and facilities.

· Assist with inventory, ordering and stocking laboratory supplies and equipment.

· Maintains excellent records of research data and may prepare charts or illustrations.

· Familiarity with software tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Qualifications and Preferences

The candidate should (1) have experience maintaining a detailed and complete lab notebook; (2) have experience (coursework is acceptable) in one or more of the following areas: cell culture, PCR , molecular biology; (3) be able to apply new techniques learned on the job; (4) be able to create statistical analyses of data and prepare reports; and (5) have effective communication skills.

OSHA training and certification in animal care and use will be required and provided on the job.

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

Strong preference will be given to individuals with experience in molecular biology. Preference will be given to those with experience in techniques such as gene cloning and cell transfection.


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It 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 .

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.