University of Utah Lab Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 05/25/2018

Requisition Number PRN17277B

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

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Occasional alternate hours required based on experiments in the lab.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00850 - Pediatric Critical Care

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $15.19 to $24.85

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine has an immediate opening for a Sr. Lab Specialist. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work in the research lab setting. Position is responsible for independently performing all necessary tasks related to the rat model, including but not limited to animal husbandry, administration of the special diet, injection of the study agent(s), performance of specialized surgeries and monitoring animal recover and bench studies relevant to experimental brain injury.



1.Independently perform all necessary tasks related to the rat model, including but not limited to animal husbandry, administration of the special diet, injection of the study agent(s), performance of specialized surgeries and monitoring animal recovery.

2.Independently conducting rat cognitive testing, including but not limited to habituation, handling, training and testing the rats. This testing involves using two different computer systems and software, using and maintaining testing equipment and testing rooms.

3.Procurement of tissues for scientific experiments, including euthanasia, non-survival surgeries, tissue dissection, perfusion, tissue processing.

4.Independently conduct laboratory techniques including but not limited to Immunohistochemistry (from brain slicing to staining, imaging and analysis); Immunoblotting (sample preparation and processing, imaging, analysis); Protein assays such asELISAand multiplexing arrays(sample processing and analysis), Flow cytometry (from creation of single cell preparations from fresh brain, antibody staining, cell sorting, cell collection and analysis); Gene expression assays (fromRNAextraction either from tissues or cells to gene expression analysis via real timeRTPCRor Nanostring technology; and Biological assays such as Total Antioxidant Capacity, Caspase 3 activation, among others.


1.Assist the Principle Investigator (PI) with optimization of laboratory techniques that are either unfamiliar to the PI or novel to the field by independently collecting information from published literature, technical support from research suppliers, local collaborators, etc.

2.Keep and maintain rigorous documentation of experiments performed.

3.Independently interpret results of laboratory experiments by providing own insight based on knowledge of the literature and by observations made when conducting the experiments, to share and discuss with the PI.

4.Independently conduct basic statistical analysis of results obtained from laboratory experiments and presenting them to the PI in graphical and tabular form to assist in creating presentations.


1.May supervise work hours labored and quality/quantity of work performed by laboratory aides, volunteers and summer students.

2.Assist the PI in managing the budget by maintaining accurate and orderly purchase records, optimizing scheduling plans for laboratory personnel to minimize or eliminate need for overtime hours, searching for the most cost-effective options for equipment and services, avoiding waste and collaborating with other laboratories.

3.Keep and update an accurate and orderly inventory of laboratory supplies, freezer and refrigerator contents, tissues, etc. and ensure that laboratory space is used wisely.

4.Maintain all equipment and procedures needed to meet regulatory requirements imposed byIACUCandOSHA, and actively assist the PI in the conduct and response toIACUCandOSHAinspections.

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.


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.