Job Information

University of Utah Lab Specialist - Pathology in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 03/22/2023

Requisition Number PRN34272B

Job Title Lab Specialist

Working Title Lab Specialist - Pathology

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

This is an on-site job. Monday – Friday (hours can vary), 40 hours per week. Special circumstances may warrant the occasional weekend or evening.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00247 - Pathology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 15.19 to 26.73

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary


Immediate opening for a Lab Specialist in Hammer Lab. Research will focus on the investigation of immunology and interactions between host and microbe in the gut, lung, and brain.

The Lab Specialist will perform advanced laboratory techniques and procedures in a research laboratory, including developing new assays. Animal procedures include the management of mouse colonies, adoptive transfer of immune cells, and the use of microbes in animals for studies of pathogen defense, microbiome studies, and colorectal cancer. Independent judgment and assessment of research outcomes essential.

Laboratory procedures include the extraction of immune cells from tissues, generating flow cytometry panels, cell sorting, RNA isolation, and reporting results and statistical comparisons. Additional duties include sharing in the general responsibilities related to the functioning of the lab, assistance with ordering, receipt and inspection of raw materials.



  1. Performs and directs specialized and complex lab tests, experiments and animal procedures for studies.
  2. Assists the Principal Investigator in the design, implementation and performance of new protocols and procedures as well as the modification of existing techniques.
  3. Reviews scientific journals, abstracts and other literature for information concerning experimental procedures.
  4. Makes advanced statistical calculations, analyzes data and prepares reports summarizing research results.
  5. Operates complex and highly specialized laboratory equipment. Instructs others in their use.
  6. Maintains a log of supplies used in procedures.
  7. May supervise, train and review the work of laboratory personnel.
  8. May prepare equipment and rooms for studies.
  9. May assist with preparing budgets.

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:

Continuously: Laboratory environment.

Often: Exposure to mice.

Seldom: Infectious disease, chemical hazards.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Continuously: Hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing and pipetting), walking, standing, sitting.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry or other scientific discipline or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience); 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.



• The ideal candidate demonstrates responsibility and enjoys working in a collaborative and multidisciplinary team.

• The ideal candidate has experience with flow cytometry, mouse colonies, the handling of primary cells, and the isolation of RNA .

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Please attach CV and two references to application.

Additional Information

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.

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

All qualified individuals are strongly 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.

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