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University of Utah Research Assistant-Gagnon Lab in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 05/03/2021

Requisition Number PRN25993B

Job Title Research Associate

Working Title Research Assistant-Gagnon Lab

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary


VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00116 - School of Biological Sciences

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $32,000 to 35,0000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Research Assistant

1-2 year position

The Gagnon and Elde labs are seeking a Research Assistant to participate in an ongoing research collaboration to study viral infection in zebrafish using a variety of imaging, genetic and genomic methods. This is an exciting opportunity to join a collaborative team of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates at the University of Utah.

The Gagnon lab studies embryo development, tissue homeostasis, and regeneration in zebrafish. More details are available at The Elde lab uses host-pathogen interactions as models for studying the mechanisms of evolution. More details are available at Together, our labs use a variety of cutting-edge experimental and computational methods to study evolution, infection, and development.

A Research Assistant in this position will gain expertise with a variety of laboratory procedures, including CRISPR , genomics, molecular cloning, embryo microinjections, and animal husbandry. This RA will oversee maintenance and generation of zebrafish lines, maintain accurate protocols and records of results, purchase lab supplies, and oversee equipment maintenance. Responsibilities will be modified as the technician gains experience in our lab, including opportunities to contribute to ongoing projects and publications, and to develop independent research projects.

This position provides an excellent opportunity for candidates to participate in two active research labs with diverse and overlapping interests. It is an ideal role for a candidate who is interested in pursuing graduate or medical school after working in the laboratory.

Please contact James and Nels with questions –,

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 work site if they are healthy and without COVID -19 symptoms.



•Perform genetics and genomics laboratory research as directed by the supervisors

•Maintain and generate zebrafish lines, including genotyping and inventory control

•Maintain a detailed electronic laboratory notebook

•Collect and present data, participate in group meetings

•Contribute to general laboratory maintenance

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.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science or related discipline is preferred, as is one year laboratory work experience. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are required for this collaborative position. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


•Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, or related subject

•Demonstrated skill in written and verbal communication

•Demonstrated ability to work independently and ask for guidance when needed

•Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

•Comfort with animal use in basic science research

•Experience with zebrafish research and molecular techniques preferred

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: .

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This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.