University of Utah Lab Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah
Open Date 05/08/2019
Requisition Number PRN20645B
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
Occasional Evening and Weekends
VP Area U of U Health - Academics
Department 00247 - Pathology
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range 15.19 to 24.85
Open Until Filled Yes
Under supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI), the Laboratory Specialist will manage the PI’s research laboratory in which a mouse viral model of multiple sclerosis is studied. This position will design new research studies, design and conduct experiments, teach new methods, interpret and document data, and evaluate findings in a variety of specialized research areas. In collaboration with the PI, the Laboratory Specialist will direct the work of undergraduate lab aides and design, plan, and conduct experiments involving biological assays, in vitro and in vivo experiments, and work with tissues and animals. This position will work independently applying judgment and problem solving in the PI’s absence. The Laboratory Specialist will ensure laboratory safety and compliance with Federal, State and University rules and regulations regarding use of chemical and biological materials.
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 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:
Nearly Continuously: Office 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, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, or exposure to chemicals ).
Often: 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, and pipetting), walking, standing, sitting.
Sometimes: 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.
•Master’s Degree in biological or related science with 2+ years of relevant laboratory experience; Bachelor’s Degree in biological or related science with 4+ years of relevant laboratory experience.
•Cell culture experience.
•Ability to carry out various surgical and non-surgical procedures on small animals.
•Immunocyto- and immunohistochemistry experience.
•Ability to learn and implement state and federal regulations of controlled substances.
•Ability to learn and implement universityOEHSandIACUCregulations and policies.
•Excellent organizational and time management skills to meet deadlines and manage assigned work.
•Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills to coordinate with a wide range of personnel, including supervisors, faculty, postgraduate researchers, students, and research animal staff.
•Maintain organization of a research laboratory and maintain stocks of consumables.
•Ability to learn and follow detailed procedures with minimal supervision; demonstrate ability to understand and follow written procedures and verbal instructions.
•Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
•Experience working with personal computers, including spreadsheets, databases and word processing software; experience with Mac OS and Windows Office Suite.
•Ability to handle exposure to carcinogenic and toxic substances (paraformaldehyde, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, 3,3’-Diaminobenzidine (DAB), tamoxifen, Pertussis toxin)
•Previous supervisory experience.
•Knowledge and skills related to field of study.
•Skills to perform flow cytometry,PCR, and cryosectioning.
•Primary cell isolation.
Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary
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This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.
The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with priorURSservice, may elect to enroll inURSif 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 fromURSare 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.