Job Information

University of Utah Laboratory Manager in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 09/18/2023

Requisition Number PRN36403B

Job Title Manager, Laboratory

Working Title Laboratory Manager

Job Grade G

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00196 - Health & Kinesiology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $60700 - $80700 DOE

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The College of Health is opening a new shared Research Suite and is seeking a highly motivated and detail oriented and organized individual to fill the role of lab manager (or specialist). The College of Health HPER E Research Suite includes exercise intervention and exercise testing spaces, a small wet lab, a biomechanics and motion capture lab, and sleep and circadian research suite. The lab manager/specialist will, under minimal supervision, be responsible for planning, organizing, and directing various aspects of lab function, as well as basic laboratory bench work. The successful candidate will be detail-oriented, with great communication skills, and have experience with human subject’s research, chemical hygiene, bio safety, and management/training of students and staff within a laboratory setting


Manage day-to-day activities within the College of Health HPER E Research Complex, including insuring operation of essential equipment ( YSI , treadmills, resistance exercise equipment, DXA , -80 freezers, etc.), managing and negotiating service contracts, ensuring adequate supplies are available for routine experimental procedures, scheduling human subjects research activities across multiple studies within the research spaces, etc.

Act as primary point of contact for all lab communications between multiple PIs and providing oversight of all lab personnel (30 students and staff).

Serve as emergency contact for lab space.

Complete and maintain all necessary EHS , biosafety approvals and ensure compliance with all institutional IRB , EHS , biosafety, and other policies and procedures

Manage various aspects of lab maintenance, organization, and other lab administrative tasks

Perform basic laboratory benchwork, including processing of human blood, saliva, and urine samples, and analyzing plasma/serum samples for basic markers (such as blood glucose)

Develop and review/revise SOPs as necessary. All documents must be reviewed at least annually, and updated as needed.

Oversee ordering, stocking, and inventory of laboratory supplies.

Train students, staff, and other users of the space on laboratory SOPs and maintain training records

Develop budget management approaches and act as a liaison between PIs and department/college administrative offices on purchases, fee-for-use, shared supplies, etc.

Liaison between laboratory PIs and facilities staff to handle issues which can impact the ability to conduct research within the space, including, HVAC issues, electrical issues, etc.

Oversee proper use of designated laboratory parking spaces for research participants. Liaise with University Commuter Services to issue tickets for non-approved lab space users parked in lab-specific reserved spaces.

Manage assignments of work space for trainees and staff.

Provide laboratory information to PIs for grant preparation (Facilities document, budget, etc.)

May coauthor research abstracts and manuscripts

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.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a related area of assignment or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience) and 4 – 6 years of progressively more responsible management experience. Background knowledge of assigned department’s area of specialization in order to analyze, plan and draw conclusions for recommendations to superiors. Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively monitor and develop subordinates and to ensure the smooth operation of department. Completion of provided supervisory training within one year of employment may be required.

Master’s degree in a related area may be preferred.

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


Experience with exercise physiology-based research

Experience managing a research space shared amongst multiple PIs.

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)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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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.

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