University of Utah Lab Technician in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 09/10/2018

Requisition Number PRN18309B

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

40 hours a week. 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with additional times as needed.

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 new 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, interest in metabolism 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.May supervise the care of research animals; 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,PCRand bacterial culture, isolation ofDNA/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: Infectious disease, solvents (there is air or skin exposure to solvents and oils used in laboratory procedures), 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).

Seldom: Exposure to animals.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing or 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.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.


The preferred candidate will have a B.S. or higher in chemistry, biochemistry or molecular biology with 2 semester equivalents of academic or industrial research laboratory experience. Previous laboratory experience working with mammalian cell culture and/or analytical biochemistry is highly desirable. 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

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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.