University of Utah Mouse Colony Manager in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 09/11/2018

Requisition Number PRN18317B

Job Title Lab Specialist

Working Title Mouse Colony Manager

Job Grade D

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

Hours are flexible but will require occasional weekend hours to perform the duties listed below.

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 15.19 to 24.85

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

The Tracey Lamb Lab in the Department of Pathology seeks a Lab Specialist to assist with cutting-edge research in the area of immunology to infectious diseases. Using mouse models of infection, the laboratory relies on colonies of genetically modified and genetically deficient mouse lines to dissect the immune responses to malaria.

We are seeking a conscientious individual with good organizational and communication skills to take charge of the mouse colonies maintained in the lab.

The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, a vibrant and growing city with easy access to several ski slopes and National Parks.

For more information on the research undertaken in the laboratory go to:


1. Handle live mice to perform all colony management duties including, but not limited to, breeding, collection of samples for genotyping, weaning, aging and sexing of pups, retiring of mouse colonies, as well as keeping careful records.

2. Training new laboratory personnel in mouse handling, communicating with vivarium staff, liaising with staff in the Comparative Medicine Center to place new mouse orders as well as organize animal transfers from other laboratories both within Utah and other institutions world-wide.

3. Additional basic laboratory management duties including filing of received laboratory orders, organizing shipments of samples and laboratory reagents to our African field site and organization of servicing of laboratory equipment.

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, oils ( there is air or skin exposure to oils or other cutting fluids ), 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 ).

Often: 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), walking, standing, sitting.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry or other scientific discipline or equivalency; two years full-time laboratory experience; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Working knowledge of advanced scientific techniques and procedures as well as the ability to make statistical calculations, analyze results, prepare reports and perform specialized tests also required.

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


•Background in biological sciences (animal science, genetics or similar field).

•Experience in the management and breeding of traditional and transgenic rodents.

•Knowledge of various rodent breeding schemes.

•Skill to recognize and report common health problems in laboratory rodents

•Skills to work with immunocompromised mouse lines

•Experience with syringes, needles and injections (IP, SQ) in laboratory rodents

•Organizational and planning skills using computerized data bases for data entry

•Skills to coordinate and maintain breeding records for laboratory animals, both electronic and hard copy.

•Skills to train new personnel in animals handling.

Additional Preferences:

•Experience in a research environment and an understanding of basic study design principles.

•Experience working in, and management of rodent barrier facilities.

•AALAScertification at theLATlevel or higher.

•Familiarity with various methods of identification for laboratory rodents.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the University of Utah nondiscrimination policy.

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.