Job Information

University of Utah Lab Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 05/17/2022

Requisition Number PRN30944B

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, generally from 8am to 4.30 pm. Requires limited weekend hours.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00262 - Plastic & Reconstruct Surgery

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 Jeyapalina Lab in the University of Utah Division of Plastic Surgery seeks a Laboratory Technician. The central goal of the lab is to reduce the incidence of clinical infection associated with percutaneous devices, such as prosthetic limbs. To accomplish this, a variety of in vitro and in vivo models are utilized. Current work in her lab focuses on implant surface modification to enhance wound healing adjacent to these devices.

The Laboratory Technician position will be responsible for working independently and as part of a team to design, conduct, and analyze current research in the lab. Duties may include but are not limited to: cell culture maintenance and experimentation, microbiological analysis, animal caretaking, tissue collection and processing (e.g., general histological and/or qRT- PCR analysis), confocal and scanning electron microscope analysis, recording and presenting experimental results, purchasing lab supplies, and maintaining a clean and orderly workspace. Limited weekend hours are required for general animal caretaking, but are dependent on ongoing experiments and are rotated evenly amongst lab members.


1. Work independently and collaboratively to design and conduct studies supporting ongoing research projects in the lab.

2. Maintain daily operations of the laboratory including, but not limited to, ordering lab supplies, maintenance of equipment, organization, and record keeping.

3. Prepare, organize, and communicate scientific results in departmental, group, and/or individual meetings, and work with the team to prepare results for scientific publications, grant proposals, and presentations.

4. Implement, validate, and document new methodologies and lab techniques, including writing detailed protocols and training new lab personnel.

5. May perform other duties as assigned.

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 include a variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, 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), walking, standing, sitting.

Often: 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.


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 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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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.