University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/25/2018

Requisition Number PRN17031B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Job Grade A00

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

Monday through Friday with occasional weekends as required by the lab

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00201 - PhysicalTher/Athletic Training

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 45000 to 55000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

There is an immediate post-doctoral research position available in the laboratory of Dr. Katsu Funai at the Diabetes & Metabolism Research Center located in the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics at the University of Utah. The post-doc will contribute toNIH-funded biomedical research broadly focused on mammalian phospholipid biochemistry, and the impact that these molecules have on metabolic health. Using cell culture and genetically-modified mouse models, the postdoc will initially conduct molecular biology experiments to understand how membrane phospholipid composition of liver mitochondria contributes to the development of hepatic steatosis. The postdoc will also be expected to derive secondary and tertiary projects utilizing resources available in the lab to launch an independent career. Please also review special instructions.


The candidate will be responsible for overseeing a research project, carrying molecular biology experiments, and analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data. During the first year in the laboratory the candidate will write individual postdoctoral fellowship applications to appropriate funding agencies.

Minimum Qualifications

The desired applicant will have a PhD in molecular biology or related field with experience in mouse metabolic phenotyping. Proficiency in basic molecular biology techniques such as qPCR, western blotting, and cell culture is expected.


Prior experience in mitochondrial biology or lipid biochemistry/mass spectrometry.

Applicants will be screened using department preferences.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

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.