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University of Utah Lab Assistant in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 03/11/2020

Requisition Number PRN23476B

Job Title Lab Assistant

Working Title Lab Assistant

Job Grade B

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40 hours

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary


VP Area President

Department 01451 - HCI Mahesh Chandrasekharan Lab

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 9.62 to 17.31

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Performs research laboratory techniques and procedures under the supervision of the principal investigator. Records observations and measurement and reports results. Supports the daily operations of the research laboratory. This position is NOT in clinical samples testing lab; it is in a research lab.


Essential Functions:

•Performs specialized experiments using mammalian cell systems and protein biochemistry.

•Assists the Principal Investigators in design, implementation and performance of new protocols and procedures as well as the modification of existing techniques

•Makes statistical calculations, analyzes data and prepares reports summarizing research results

•Operates specialized laboratory instruments and equipment. Instructs others in their use

•Maintains accurate and detailed experimental records

•May train other laboratory personnel

Minimum Qualifications

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.


Our laboratory is grounded on the principle of hard work and innovative discoveries. The successful candidate will share these values. Motivated, intrinsically curious and willing to learn and teach others detail oriented, reliable and flexible. Undergrad or Master’s students wishing to pursue PhD degree are strongly encouraged to apply.

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry or other equivalent scientific discipline.

•Previous laboratory experience with techniques in molecular biology and protein biochemistry is highly preferred. Experience with mammalian cell culture.

•Demonstrated team orientation, strong organizational skills and effective communication skills.

•Highly motivated toward discovery and application of findings to human health.

•Working knowledge of basic statistical calculations and software.

•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 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.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

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.