Job Information

University of Utah Lab Technician in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 10/28/2021

Requisition Number PRN28170B

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

It will be necessary for personnel to work on the weekends and holidays.

VP Area President

Department 01354 - HCI Early Translational Cores

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

Preclinical Research Resource ( PRR ):

The PRR provides high-quality services for basic and translational cancer research underway at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah. The PRR has a cancer translational research-centered mission to facilitate the use of the most current and sophisticated in vivo cancer models available for preclinical drug development and identification of relevant biomarkers for treatment selection and evaluation.

The PRR mission includes developing strategies for predictive preclinical research with the goal of facilitating their routine application in clinical research in order to achieve optimal outcomes in the management of various cancers. PRR achieves its mission through internal projects focused on applied preclinical model development and through collaborations focused on therapeutics and biomarker development.

The resources and expertise of the PRR enables clinicians and researchers to utilize in vivo cancer models including; patient-derived xenografts ( PDX ), genetically engineered mouse models ( GEMM ) and cell-line xenografts. The PRR provides the expertise and reagents necessary to perform a wide variety of experiments related to tumor biology including: a viable patient sample collection, PDX and cell line banks, immunocompromised mouse colonies, ABSL2 animal housing as well as extensive surgical and dosing experience.

We provide start-to-finish services for in vivo experimentation, including experimental design consultation, tumor cell transplant, tumor growth monitoring and imaging (Biopticon TumorImager, IVIS Spectrum, Quantum microCT, and X-ray), preparation of therapeutic agents, harvested tissues, and interpretation of results. In collaboration with clinicians and the Biorepository and Molecular Pathology Resource we have a streamlined process for sample collection and PDX development.

Job Summary:

The hired technician will be involved in a variety of research projects. Some of the specific techniques the technician will learn and apply, include: cell/tissue culture, immunohistochemistry, cryosectioning, fluorescence microscopy, nucleic acid isolation and PCR , protein extraction, Western blot, ELISA , small animal surgery and dissection, as well as processing patient blood and tissue samples. Prior applied research experience is preferred. The successful applicant will have a strong educational foundation in the biological sciences and will be motivated, hard-working, have excellent critical thinking skills, embrace and understand safety and compliance protocols, and work well with others.

Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring individuals whose merit and experience promote a diverse, inclusive, anti-racist workforce and culture.

Each employee has a unique background and life experience. We believe that maximizing diversity fuels the success of our organization. In your cover letter or during your interview, we invite you to share how your background, beliefs, and experience will prepare you to be effective in working in an environment that values diversity and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Learn more about HCI’s commitments at and/or contact HCI’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.


Essential Functions:

- Conduct experiments, compile and analyze data, draw tentative conclusions

- Present results in a clear and concise manner

- Maintain an organized detailed laboratory notebook

- Develop plans for research experiments

- Develop protocols and/or optimize existing protocols as necessary

- Review laboratory methods manuals, scientific journals, abstracts and other literature for information applicable to research experiments

- Prepare culture media, chemicals, reagents and solutions

- Sustain sufficient inventory of material, supplies and equipment for performance of duties

- Clean and maintain tissue culture facilities

- Collect mouse tissue; process human blood and tissue samples for culture or other analysis.

- Complete management of animal experiments

- Carrying out animal manipulations including but no limited to: injections, blood collection, surgery, and tissue harvesting for post mortem analysis

- Proper respect for and humane care and handling of research animals in accordance with organizational, IACUC , and standard operating procedures

- Properly clean and sanitize equipment

- Routine animal maintenance and care including cage cleaning, bedding changes, feeding, watering, etc.

- General knowledge of veterinary animal support procedures, including anesthetic induction, monitoring, and recovery procedures. Must be able to monitor vital signs and assess the condition of research animals using standard veterinary monitoring procedures.

Animal husbandry and procedures 60%

Tissue banking 10%

Molecular biology 10%

Laboratory maintenance 10%

Data analysis, preparation and presentation 10%

Problem Solving:

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

Work is performed in accordance with the supervision of senior laboratory personnel and through periodic conferences with a superior.

This position requires successful completion of a drug test and criminal background check.

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 degree in Biology or a related field. Previous laboratory experience in a molecular biology, biochemistry, and animal husbandry is highly desirable. The applicant should have a good working knowledge of molecular biology and genetics, as well as basic computer skills. 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 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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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

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.