Job Information

University of Utah Lab Technician in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/15/2022

Requisition Number PRN30140B

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 – Friday, to be discussed with supervisor.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00247 - Pathology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 15.50 to 19.22

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Johnson Laboratory in the Division of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Utah is seeking a research technician to study the innate immune response to HIV . We are looking for a highly motivated individual to positively impact our research program and our culture. To defend against infection, our immune system needs to “sense” invading pathogens, sound the alarm signals, and engage a host response to fight the threat. In the Johnson Laboratory, we study how cells detect and respond to viruses. We integrate cell biology, virology, immunology, biochemistry, and functional genomics approaches to tackle questions such as: How are viruses recognized during infection? What cell factors are required for the innate immune response? And how do our cells “tune” immune responses once they are engaged? We hope to learn how viruses like HIV evade detection and uncover new ways to harness our body’s natural defense systems to protect against disease.

This position offers an excellent training environment. Individuals hired for this position will be trained in molecular biology, cell culture, protein biochemistry, and flow cytometry, and will have the opportunity to author peer-reviewed publications. They will be expected to work independently or together with other laboratory members as needed. Research experience with molecular biology and tissue culture is preferred but not required.

Applicants interested in gaining research experience before pursuing graduate school or medical school are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should: 1) be organized, 2) be dependable, 3) be able to multitask, 4) be able to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, and 5) demonstrate a genuine interest in science. Increases in compensation are expected and will be based on the applicant’s performance. The University of Utah provides a generous benefits package that includes retirement contributions, a wellness program, and a variety of medical and dental plans to choose from.


  • Performs laboratory research and operations as directed by the principal investigator
  • Maintains a detailed electronic laboratory notebook
  • Maintains a detailed lab inventory
  • Attends laboratory meetings and participates in discussions
  • Orders and stocks laboratory reagents, supplies, and consumables as needed
  • Plans and performs experiments (after training and as directed), which may involve molecular cloning, bacterial and mammalian cell culture, virus production, CRISPR -Cas9 and other genetic perturbations, protein biochemistry, flow cytometry, quantitative PCR , and next-generation sequencing

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 and laboratory environment.
  • Often: Laboratory hazards (includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, or potential exposure to chemicals), work involving recombinant DNA and blood borne pathogens.
  • Seldom: Work involving primary blood-derived cells.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

  • Nearly Continuously: Hearing, listening, talking.
  • Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing, pipetting), 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.


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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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.