University of Utah Lab Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 05/18/2018

Requisition Number PRN17235B

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

Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00247 - Pathology

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 No

Job Summary

Performs advanced laboratory techniques and procedures in an immunology research laboratory with minimal direct supervision. Performs studies by applying standard scientific techniques, recording observations and measurements, applying appropriate analytical principles and reporting results. Will take a lead role in lab management, including ordering and maintenance of material and equipment, oversight of other lab personnel and veterinary technical support for animal model studies.


1.Performs and directs specialized and complex lab tests, either independently or in a team setting with other lab members.

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 instruments and equipment. Instructs others in their use.

6.Must be willing to work with research mice, will perform duties to manage research mouse colony, and collect animal tissues and specimens for laboratory analysis.

7.Maintains a log of supplies used in procedures and oversees purchasing of laboratory supplies and materials.

8.May supervise, train and review the work of laboratory personnel.

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.


A BS/BA degree in biology, biochemistry, or related field. The candidate be able to learn and apply laboratory techniques and skills, and will perform experiments under the supervision and training of the principal investigator or other senior lab personnel. Experience and/or understanding of flow cytometry,RNAandDNAisolation/preparation, sequencing,PCR, and other cellular and molecular biology techniques, as well as prior experience working with experimental animals, is preferred. The candidate be able to generate accurate and detailed research reports and laboratory records. Strong computer skills and the ability to learn and operate laboratory equipment is important to success in this position. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work with others, and a strong work ethic/enthusiasm for conducting research.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Matthew Williams Lab:

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 qualified applicants, upon request and 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”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, 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 for information.

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