University of Utah Lab Assistant in Salt Lake City, Utah
Open Date 09/26/2018
Requisition Number PRN18503B
Job Title Lab Assistant
Working Title Lab Assistant
Job Grade B
FLSA Code Nonexempt
Patient Sensitive Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Work Schedule Summary
VP Area U of U Health - Academics
Department 00200 - Nutrition & Integrative Physio
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range $9.62 -$17 DOE
Open Until Filled Yes
Come help us cure diabetes! We are a fun energetic lab devoted to unraveling the mysteries of how excess dietary fat impairs satiety, energy expenditure, and glucose regulation. Our studies of the lipid signaling pathways within helps us gain insight into novel strategies to improve insulin sensitivity, promote weight loss, and re-invigorate insulin production. We take advantage of, and produce murine models which are diabetes prone or diabetes resistant. Job duties will include colony management, in vivo phenotyping, dissection, survival surgery, and biochemical measurements from serum and tissue. We are looking for long-term team members, with good hands and some research experience who share a passion for conquering diabetes. All experience levels will be considered. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
1. Performs physical, chemical, and/or biological tests according to established procedures.
2. Prepares specimens according to established laboratory practices.
3. Follows prescribed procedures for maintaining laboratory equipment and facilities.
4. Prepares reagents, compounds, solutions and other media for research experimentation.
5. Assists with inventory, ordering and stocking laboratory supplies and equipment.
6. Maintains records of research data and may prepare charts or illustrations for the Principal Investigator.
7. May care for experimental animals, observe animals’ conditions and report unusual developments to the Principal Investigator.
8. May prepare animals for experimental procedures, administer drugs as instructed and assist in surgeries.
• 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.
One year full-time laboratory experience or equivalency required (1 year full-time lab equivalency equals successful completion of 2 semesters laboratory (college) course work) ; knowledge of laboratory techniques, equipment and terminology as well as knowledge of chemical and physical properties of materials or substances and appropriate specimen handling techniques required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are 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.
Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary
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.
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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.