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University of Utah Lab Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 05/22/2018

Requisition Number PRN08100N

Job Title Lab Specialist

Working Title Lab Specialist

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code?

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? No

Standard Hours per Week 19

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Is this a work study job? No

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00235 - Infectious Disease

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 15.19 to 28.08

Close Date

Job Summary

Job Summary

The Leung Laboratory ( in the Division of Infectious Diseases is seeking an experienced laboratory technician to work on immunology projects relating to mucosal infections. We have a number of ongoing animal and clinical studies looking at innate lymphocyte responses during respiratory and intestinal infections and sepsis. Responsibilities of the position will include animal care, clinical specimen processing, and performance of immunological and molecular assays. The candidate will be under the supervision of the laboratory PI and other senior laboratory personnel.


• Perform tissue culture and manipulation, including cryopreservation and thawing of cells

• Perform animal care, interventions, and collection of tissue

• Analyze cell phenotype and function using immunological and molecular techniques, including flow cytometry,RNAsequencing,ELISA, and RT-PCR

• Analyze data using statistical software and generate reports of results

• Ensure proper collection and processing of specimens from clinical studies, including the extraction, culture, and cryopreservation of cells from human tissue (including blood and tissue biopsies)

• Maintain a database for specimen collection from clinical studies

• Monitor and assist with purchasing of laboratory supplies and materials

• Organize shipments to and from international collaborators and field sites

• Prepare and submit documents forEHSapproval of laboratory procedures

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.

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.


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 applicants, 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”). 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.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

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