Job Information

University of Utah Lab Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 10/13/2021

Requisition Number PRN27997B

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

M-F 8-5pm

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00943 - HSC Core Resrch Facility Oper

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 15.19 to 28.08

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The HSC Cell Imaging Core at the University of Utah is seeking a Lab Specialist to train researchers and operate and maintain light microscopes in a core facility environment. The candidate will work closely with the Core Director and other Core staff members to learn all needed protocols for care ad use of the Microscopes and organize, inventory and clean sophisticated microscopy equipment.


1. Operates complex and highly specialized laboratory equipment. Instructs others in their use.

2. Maintains a log of supplies used.

3. May prepare equipment and rooms.

4. May assist with preparing budgets.

5. Under the direction of the facility manager, the lab specialist will be required to operate and maintain the high-end microscopic imaging systems within the Core Facility.

6. WiIl be responsible for the training and assistance of researchers using the microscopy systems within the core facility

7. Keep records of the microscope’s utilization.

8. Assist with lab administrative duties.

9. Other related functions as assigned.

10. Candidate must be willing to travel to multiple sites across the UofU campus, follow Standard Operating Procedures as defined by the core Director.

11. Candidate is willing to communicate all encountered problems to the Core Director.

12. We are looking for a minimum 2-year commitment.

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.

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.

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.


Prior experience with fluorescence microscopy and confocal microscopy is preferred.

Previous laboratory experience in a basic science field with common lab practices and safety is preferred.

Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.

Good working knowledge of MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint…)

Detail-oriented, enjoy problem-solving and brain-storming, and be team-oriented.

Optional: Familiarity with digital image analysis tools (ImageJ, Imaris, Nikon Elements, and other image analysis software)

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

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

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are 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.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

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.