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University of Utah Lab Technician in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 02/24/2021

Requisition Number PRN25385B

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

Monday through Friday, hours to be determined by the lab.

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 12.02 to 21.63

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

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 cancer. The successful candidate will have a strong analytical background with attention to detail, significant experience with mammalian cell culture and molecular biology techniques, interest in metabolism, animals and/or cancer 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. Utilize aseptic technique for successful experiments in mammalian tissue culture.

4. Prepare, operate and analyze data from a mass spectrometer.

5. Procure and inventory supplies and materials needed for laboratory research.

6. Prepare equipment and rooms for experiments and general lab organization.

7. Conduct literature reviews to obtain information necessary for research.

8. Maintain excellent records, both written and electronic, of all procedures and experiments.

9. Make statistical calculations, analyze data and prepare reports summarizing results.

10. Supervise the care of research animals; may perform minor animal surgery or collect animal tissues and specimens for laboratory analysis.

11. 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, basic animal husbandry, development of analytical standards, operation of a mass spectrometer, 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 mammalian cell culture and/or analytical biochemistry is highly desirable. 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, curiosity and dedication to scientific research, as well as the ability to work independently and in a team environment.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

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.