University of Utah Lab Technician in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 06/21/2018

Requisition Number PRN17584B

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

Full time. 40 hours per week. Mostly weekdays. Occasional evening and weekend hours depending upon experiments.

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 18.00

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Rutter Lab in the Department of Biochemistry seeks a highly motivated, organized individual interested in contributing to basic research. General responsibilities include assisting with experiments and performing technical procedures with limited supervision by applying standard scientific techniques and analytical principles. This position is an excellent opportunity to gain experience with cutting edge research. Check out our website at


The Lab Technician will assist senior laboratory personnel with their experiments and lab operations. This entails regular planning discussions with a supervisor, performing technical procedures in a research laboratory under minimal supervision, recording protocols, observations and measurements in a laboratory notebook, and reporting results to a supervisor.

Primary responsibilities of this position include:

1. Performs laboratory research as directed by the supervisor.

a.Supervises the care of research animals; perform genetic crosses and ear clipping.

b. Molecular biology assays including but not limited toPCRgenotyping and cloning.

c.Maintains and records animal care and animal room information. Communicates animal conditions to the appropriate staff.

d.Prepare and array small molecule library.

e.Operate liquid handling robot.

f.Perform protein microdialysis and process samples for LC- and GC-MS analysis.

2.Keep detailed records of all procedures, data, results and other laboratory activities.

3.Make advanced statistical calculations; analyze data and prepare reports summarizing research results; present data/results in group meetings.

4.Review scientific journals, abstracts and other literature for information concerning development of experimental procedures.

5.Must have the ability to work independently as well as in group projects.

6.Confer with senior laboratory personnel regarding the procedures and techniques to be followed in conducting research and recommend modifications as needed.

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.

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

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.OSHAtraining 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.


Previous laboratory experience working with mouse models in highly desirable. The applicant should have a good working knowledge of molecular biology, biochemistry as well as basic computer skills. The ideal candidate will have an ability to pay attention to detail and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Please apply online.

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”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.