Job Information

University of Utah Lab Technician (Protein - Biochemistry) in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 01/25/2024

Requisition Number PRN37528B

Job Title Lab Technician

Working Title Lab Technician (Protein - Biochemistry)

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

Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 01502 - Department of Biochemistry

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 15.00 - 20.00

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

A full-time Lab Technician position is available in the Rutter Lab

( in the Department of Biochemistry at the

University of Utah.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is interested in working

as part of a multi-disciplinary and dynamic team to perform cutting-edge

research towards revealing the human protein-metabolite interactome for

a better understanding of human metabolism, health, and disease.

Previous hands-on, laboratory research experience is preferred, but not


Duties include SDS - PAGE , Western blot, UV-Vis spectrophotometry, Highpressure

or fast-pressure liquid chromatography, recombinant protein

expression and purification, and other protein biochemistry techniques.

Responsibilities will be modified as the technician gains lab experience. This

position is ideal for a candidate wishing to gain hands-on laboratory

experience before applying for graduate school, medical school, or both.


-Performs laboratory research under the direction of a supervisor.

-Maintains detailed electronic laboratory notebook.

-Analyzes, presents, and discusses data.

-Attends and participates in lab meetings and interest groups.

-Maintains lab inventory and databases.

-Contributes to general laboratory maintenance and general reagent production as needed.

The successful applicant will be trained and perform SDS - PAGE , Western blot, UV-Vis spectrophotometry, fast-pressure liquid chromatography, recombinant protein expression and purification, and other protein biochemistry techniques.

The ideal candidate will have excellent focus and attention to detail,

organizational skills in recordkeeping, multitasking, prioritizing

responsibilities, time management, knowing when to ask for help, and an

ability to interact with all levels of staff.

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 disciplines in a related field or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience) 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.


-Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, or related


-Demonstrated skill in written and verbal communication.

-Demonstrated ability to work independently and ask for guidance when


-Previous hands-on research experience is preferred, but not required.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

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.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly 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.

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