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University of Utah Lab Support Services Ops Assistant in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 11/17/2023

Requisition Number PRN36965B

Job Title Lab Assistant

Working Title Lab Support Services Ops Assistant

Job Grade B

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

Entry level position where on the job training is provided. 3-6 month training period with close supervision. 40hrs/wk, M-F 9AM-5PM

VP Area President

Department 01217 - HCI Glasswash

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 18.27

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Performs semi-technical laboratory and research procedures under the general supervision of senior laboratory personnel.

HuntsmanCancer Institute is committed to cancer prevention, care, and survivorship for all communities within the area we serve – which includes Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming – with impact worldwide. Partnerships with individuals, communities, and many other entities are crucial to our work. Huntsman Cancer Institute values cancer-related health equity, diversity, and inclusion as integral to our guiding principle to serve our patients and their communities, and our commitment to foster a culture of belonging for all within our organization.

In your cover letter or during your interview process, we invite you to share how your personal and professional experiences have prepared you to serve as a member of our team as we work to reduce the cancer burden experienced by all people and communities. This may include description of your prior experiences related to research, prevention, clinical care, community engagement/outreach, training, administration, or other areas relevant to Huntsman Cancer Institute’s mission and this position.

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Lab Support Services Operations

· Transports, configures, cleans, sterilizes, dries, organizes and delivers scientific glassware, plastic-ware, and other equipment up to twice daily in high paced environment

· Position works in team settings utilizing shared resources/equipment for 50+ wet research labs between HCI -RN and HCI -RS Institute buildings

· Assists in maintaining Core laboratory space and team space; daily cleaning, shipping and receiving, inventory, organizing

· Clean and organize laboratories, common equipment areas, and other parts of the buildings

· Run errands on campus as needed, including lab coat laundering

· Position interacts daily and serves as a liaison between researchers and home department

· Position requires focus and ability to flow despite disruption

· Position may serve as spot back-up for Production team including Media Prep

Job requires attention to detail, multi-tasking, excellent organization and meticulous time management skills, where tactile learning is preferred. Applicant is expected to complete numerous time sensitive projects daily, in a high paced environment, communicating/orchestrating tasks with teams. Position requires walking, standing for long periods of time.

Ability to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions and to keep accurate records is required. Decent handwriting and basic math skills required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required. Position serves as liaison between researchers and home department team daily.

General knowledge of laboratory procedures, equipment and terminology, as well as the ability to operate and care for laboratory equipment, along with the knowledge of appropriate specimen handling techniques preferred. Applicant operates several autoclaves/industry machines/tools daily.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

The employee must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time, repetitively lift up to 50 lbs., push loaded carts and cages (50-200+ lbs.), demonstrate manual dexterity, and be able to repetitively grip and manipulate bottles and lids. Items handled are hot, sharp, and heavy. Environment is moderately loud and warm. Routine short exposure to environmental elements daily. Other potential job hazards related to working with sharps and chemicals.

• 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

One year full-time laboratory experience or equivalency required (one year full-time lab equivalency equals successful completion of two semesters college laboratory course work); knowledge of laboratory techniques, equipment and terminology as well as knowledge of chemical and physical properties of materials or substances and appropriate specimen handling techniques required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are also required. OSHA training and certification in animal care and use or the willingness to complete the certification may be required by some departments.

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)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

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.

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