Job Information

University of Utah Lab Technician-Phadnis Lab in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 03/31/2021

Requisition Number PRN25677B

Job Title Lab Technician

Working Title Lab Technician-Phadnis Lab

Job Grade C

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 Academic Affairs

Department 00116 - School of Biological Sciences

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 12.50 to 19.00

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

A LaboratoryTechnician position is available in the laboratory of Nitin Phadnis at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Utah. We are looking for highly motivated individuals for long term association with our lab. Individuals with research experience with Drosophila genetics, molecular biology, computational biology or microscopy are preferred but not required.

This position is considered Category I: Mandatory and required on campus or health care facilities to support on-site operations. Employees hired into this category will be required to be physically located at insert work site if they are healthy and without COVID -19 symptoms.


The Phadnis Lab takes a multi-disciplinary approach with genetics, genomics and cell biology to address broad questions in evolutionary genetics, with a particular focus on understanding the molecular basis of genetic conflict and speciation in Drosophila. Projects include using a combination of classical genetics and genomics to identify genes important for speciation in Drosophila and using cell biological techniques to understand the molecular basis of selfish genetic elements. These projects involve crosses between various Drosophila species, transgenic strain production in non-model Drosophila, microscopy and various molecular techniques (e.g., genomic DNA preparation, PCR , cloning, Sanger sequencing, library construction for next gen-sequencing).

The Lab Technician may be responsible for the development and execution of research projects, and successful projects can lead to authorship on scientific publications. In addition to research, this position will also assist in mentoring undergraduate students and with daily laboratory management. Participation in lab meetings and presentation of data is expected. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills in recordkeeping, multitasking, prioritizing responsibilities, time management, and an ability to interact with all levels of staff.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or other scientific disciplines in a related field or equivalency required; knowledge of complex laboratory techniques, equipment, terminology, materials and substances. Skilled in the use of laboratory equipment, ability to create and analyze statistical calculations and prepare reports required; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills 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)

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.