Job Information

University of Utah Lab Technician in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 02/01/2024

Requisition Number PRN14534N

Job Title Lab Technician

Working Title Lab Technician

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? No

Standard Hours per Week 19

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Arranged with Supervisor

Is this a work study job? No

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 12.02 to 21.63

Close Date

Job Summary

The Cellular Translational Research Core ( CTRC ) is seeking a proficient molecular biologist. This lab technician will primarily run quality control assays on DNA from human blood and tissue for genetic studies.

The CTRC is a service-oriented laboratory. Our primary mission is to provide laboratory services, support, and expertise to investigators to accelerate their research. This position offers flexible scheduling and therefore is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students looking for part-time work or recent graduates looking to expand their research skill sets before pursuing graduate studies, medical school, or a career in industry. If you are qualified, interested, and enjoy laboratory work, please apply and join our stimulating and rewarding core group.


Essential Functions

  1. Once trained, must work independently with minimal supervision.
  2. Identify key protocols, follow or modify them if necessary, and apply these methods to meet our lab’s specific needs.
  3. Performs tests and procedures using sophisticated laboratory equipment.
  4. Must have skilled hands, be technically precise, and be meticulous with experimental details.
  5. Because our core facility interacts closely with many investigators, professionalism and excellent customer service are expected.
  6. Having a good understanding of research ethics is important.
  7. It is required that this technician can listen and clearly communicate with customers in a friendly, knowledgeable, accurate, and timely manner
  8. A high level of quality control is important. Proper labeling, sample identification, and tracking need to be maintained at 100%
  9. Human samples must be handled carefully, avoiding contamination at all costs.
  10. Makes statistical calculations, analyzes data, and prepares reports summarizing results.
  11. Have competent computer skills.
  12. Identify ways the lab can conserve reagents and supplies, yet be as productive as possible.
  13. Weekday work is also flexible, but hours must be coordinated with other staff and approved by the supervisor.


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 the incumbent cannot find a resolution, the situation is referred to the supervisor.


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.


Undergraduate students pursuing degrees in Biology, Chemistry, or other scientific discipline or equivalency; Prior laboratory bench work is desirable.

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

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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