Job Information

University of Utah Lab Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 12/09/2021

Requisition Number PRN28680B

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

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 01709 - CCTS - PRECISION MEDICINE

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 Clinical and Translational Science Institute ( CTSI ) Cellular Translational Research Core ( CTRC ) is searching for a Lab Specialist who will work with stem cells at the University of Utah. This technician will be primarily responsible for cell culture work related to generating and maintaining induced-pluripotent stem cell lines, as well as differentiating stem cells into a variety of cell-type-specific lineages. Responsibilities also include helping CTRC staff perform gene editing approaches using cutting-edge CRISPR technologies, flow sorting edited stem cell lines to isolate manipulated clones. This position will be a fun and rewarding experience, but due to the exactness required, will take dedication to do the job well.

This position assists senior laboratory personnel in planning methods and techniques. Work requires exercising independent judgment and basic theoretical knowledge of the applicable science. This position may include limited supervision of entry-level laboratory personnel, who may refer sensitive or unusual situations to the incumbent. If incumbent cannot find a resolution, the situation is referred to the supervisor.

The CTRC is a service-oriented laboratory. Our primary mission is to provide laboratory services, support, and expertise to investigators in order to accelerate their research. If qualified, interested, and enjoy cell culture work, please apply and join our stimulating and rewarding core team.

Utah CTSI has produced leading investigators with several NIH grants awarded for their various “bench-to-bedside” areas of research and partners with other flagship institutions to contribute published works and clinical success.

Learn more about the CTSI ( .

Learn more about the fantastic benefits provided to University of Utah Employees ( including generous retirement contribution, comprehensive medical coverage, tuition reduction and more.


  • Must work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Be able to lift 40lb boxes or equipment.
  • Perform literature searches for potentially useful cutting-edge techniques that can be incorporated into our lab to benefit CTRC customers.
  • Identify key protocols, follow or modify if necessary, and apply these methods to meet our lab’s specific needs.
  • Performs tests and procedures using sophisticated laboratory equipment.
  • Must have skilled hands, be technically precise and meticulous with experimental details.
  • Because our core facility interacts closely with a large number of investigators, professionalism and excellent customer service is expected.
  • Having a good understanding of research ethics is important.
  • It is required that this technician can listen and clearly communicate with customers in a friendly, knowledgeable, accurate, and timely manner.
  • A high level of quality control is important. Proper labelling, sample identification and tracking needs to be maintained at 100%.
  • Human culture work needs to be performed under sterile conditions, avoiding contamination at all costs.
  • Monitors and assists with purchasing of laboratory supplies and materials. Must be able seek out competitive quotes for reagents and supplies to save our customers as much money as possible.
  • Makes statistical calculations, analyzes data and prepares reports summarizing results.
  • Summarizes monthly spreadsheets containing billing information.
  • Have competent computer skills.
  • Identify ways the lab can conserve reagents and supplies, yet be as productive as possible.
  • If trained culturing human stem cells, some weekend work is possible. Stem cells need to be fed on a daily basis. However, due to the flexible nature of this position, weekend work can be performed at any time the candidate desires.

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 ).

Seldom: 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.

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.


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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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.