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


Open Date 04/06/2018

Requisition Number PRN16808B

Job Title Lab Specialist

Working Title Lab Specialist-Yamaguchi Lab

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


VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00116 - Biology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $15 to 22/hour

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Performs advanced laboratory techniques and procedures in a research laboratory. May provide veterinary technical support for animal model studies.


Carry out experiments, collect data, and conduct data analyses under the guidance of the PI. Assist others in conducting experiments and analyzing data. Communicate with the PI about the results of the experiments, project goals, and time lines. Maintain cleanliness and tidiness of all the lab equipment and space. Monitor the use of animals and supplies, place orders as necessary, and maintain all the ordering records. Prepare solutions for experiments as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry or other scientific discipline or equivalency; 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.


Dexterity is required as most experiments involve complex dissection under stereomicroscopes. Two years of prior experience in research lab preferred. Experience in conducting physiological research preferred. Familiarity with the standard operation of a biological research lab, including handling of waste materials and ordering of supplies and equipment preferred. Must be available for work as per the needs of the experiments at early hours of the day, at the request of the PI. Strong verbal and social communication skills preferred. Strong organizational skills, including general organizing of lab space, planning, time management, scheduling of experiments, and meeting deadlines preferred. Curiosity preferred.

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”). 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.