Job Information

University of Utah Lab Technician in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date

Requisition Number PRN30278B

Job Title Lab Technician

Working Title Lab Technician

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 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 16.00 - 19.00

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

The laboratory of Dr. Gregory Ducker in the department of biochemistry is seeking a highly motivated individual to join his group focused on quantitative mammalian metabolism ( ). The Ducker lab uses mass spectrometry, genome editing, and cell and animal models to obtain a molecular level understanding of metabolic changes that underlie disease, with a particular focus on the liver in metabolic disease and cancer. The successful candidate will have a strong analytical background with attention to detail, significant experience with research animals, an interest in metabolism and physiology and and the ability to work independently in a research environment.


| 1. Closely work with senior laboratory personnel regarding the procedures and techniques to be followed in conducting research and recommend modifications as needed.

2. Perform specialized tests and procedures using complex equipment. 3. Supervise the care of research animals; perform animal surgeries and/ or collect animal tissues and specimens for laboratory analysis. 3. Utilize aseptic technique for successful experiments in mammalian tissue culture.

4. Prepare, operate and analyze data from a mass spectrometer. 5. Prepare equipment and rooms for experiments and general lab organization. 6. Conduct literature reviews to obtain information necessary for research.

7. Maintain excellent records, both written and electronic, of all procedures and experiments. 8. Make statistical calculations, analyze data and prepare reports summarizing results. 9. May assist with preparing budgets, protocols, and grant applications. Experimental duties include, but are not limited to: Standard molecular biology techniques including cloning, PCR and bacterial culture, isolation of DNA / RNA /protein, immunoblot, mammalian cell culture and cell assays, lentiviral production and infection, preparation of standard solutions and buffers, animal husbandry, animal surgeries and survival procedures, and complex data and statistical analyses. The successful individual will also contribute to laboratory maintenance, organization, and other basic administrative tasks. 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: 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 ). Often: Exposure to animals. Seldom: Infectious disease, oils ( there is air or skin exposure to oils or other cutting fluids ), 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 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.


The preferred candidate should have a B.S. or higher in chemistry, biochemistry or molecular biology. A demonstrated track record of excellence in laboratory techniques is required. Previous laboratory experience working with laboratory animals is higly desired. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated excellence in laboratory research during or after their undergraduate studies. The applicant should have a good working knowledge of molecular biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, as well as basic programming and statistical analyses skills. The applicant should have demonstrated experience in oral and written scientific communication. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated initiative,

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.