University of Utah Lab Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah
Open Date 11/20/2018
Requisition Number PRN18995B
Job Title Lab Specialist
Working Title Lab Specialist
Job Grade D
FLSA Code Nonexempt
Patient Sensitive Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Work Schedule Summary
Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. may require some weekend and after hours work dependent upon lab schedule.
VP Area U of U Health - Academics
Department 01478 - SOD - EDUCATION
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range 15.19 to 28.08
Open Until Filled Yes
Performs technical procedures in an interdisciplinary research laboratory under minimal supervision by applying standard scientific techniques and analytic principles. Although administratively housed in the School of Dentistry, the research in this laboratory is focused on neurobiology and behavior. The PI is long-standing member of the Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience. This position involves working with rodents, and involves occasional weekend work. Where appropriate, the laboratory provides opportunities to contribute to publications in peer-reviewed journals.
1. Performs and directs specialized and complex lab tests, experiments and surgical 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 and surgical instruments and equipment. Instructs others in their use.
6. Maintains an inventory of supplies, reagents, and samples used in procedures for the lab.
7. May supervise, train and review the work of laboratory personnel.
8. May prepare equipment and rooms for studies and general lab organization.
9. May assist with preparing budgets, protocols, and grant applications.
This position assists senior laboratory personnel in planning methods and techniques. Work requires exercising independent judgment and basic theoretical knowledge of the applicable science. This position may include limited supervision of entry-level laboratory personnel, who may refer sensitive or unusual situations to the incumbent. If incumbent cannot find a resolution, the situation is referred to the supervisor.
Work is performed in accordance with the supervision of senior laboratory personnel and through periodic conferences with superiors.
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: Lab 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, electrical current, 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.
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.
The preferred candidate would have a B.S. or higher degree in Biology or a related field. Previous laboratory experience working with rodent models is highly desirable. The applicant would have a good working knowledge of molecular biology and/or protein chemistry, as well as basic computer skills. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated initiative, curiosity and dedication to scientific research, as well as the ability to work independently and in a team environment.
Skilled in the use of laboratory equipment, ability to create and analyze statistical calculations and prepare reports; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills.OSHAtraining and certification in animal care and use or the willingness to complete the certification may be preferred by some departments.
Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary
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