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University of Utah Postdoc Research Associate in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 03/31/2021

Requisition Number PRN25700B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Postdoc Research Associate

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 – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00854 - Pediatric Genetics

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range Based on NIH Stipend Guidelines

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Job Summary

The Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah has an immediate opening for a Postdoc Research Associate. Primary duties consist of research-related work in a research laboratory.

This position is considered Category I: Mandatory and required on campus or health care facilities to support on-site operations. Employees hired into this category will be required to be physically located at 419 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108 if they are healthy and without COVID -19 symptoms.


Essential Functions

1.Confers with senior laboratory personnel regarding the procedures and techniques to be followed in conducting research and recommends modifications as needed.

2.Performs tests and procedures using laboratory equipment. These will include, but are not necessarily limited to:

a.Biochemical analyses of enzymatic activities and levels of specific metabolites in cells, tissues and organs harvested from euthanized laboratory animals.

b.Molecular analyses of cells, tissues and organs harvested from euthanized laboratory animals

c.Behavioral testing of laboratory animals.

3.Monitors and assists with purchasing of laboratory supplies and materials.

4.Conducts literature reviews to obtain abstracts and information to be utilized in research.

5.Makes statistical calculations, analyzes data and prepares reports summarizing results.

6.May supervise the care of research animals; perform minor animal surgery or collect animal tissues and specimens for laboratory analysis. These will include, but are not limited to, management of mouse colonies, genotyping of animals, as well as intravenous injection of approved therapeutics and blood draws.

7.May oversee the operations of student course experiments in a laboratory setting.

Problem Solving

This position assists senior laboratory personnel in planning methods and techniques. Work requires exercising independent judgment and basic theoretical knowledge of the applicable science. This position may include limited supervision of entry-level laboratory personnel, who may refer sensitive or unusual situations to the incumbent. If incumbent cannot find a resolution, the situation is referred to the supervisor.

Work is performed in accordance with the supervision of senior laboratory personnel and through periodic conferences with superior.

Minimum Qualifications

A PhD degree in Biology, Biochemistry, or other related scientific discipline 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 will be required.

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 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”). 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.