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University of Utah Research Associate in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 02/14/2018

Requisition Number PRN16309B

Job Title Research Associate

Working Title Research Associate

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

Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – schedule flexibility dependent upon experiments.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 01502 - Department of Biochemistry

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $48,000 to $60,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Bass Laboratory in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Utah seeks a Research Associate to take a leadership role in designing, performing, and supervising biochemistry and molecular biology experiments involving double-strandedRNAbinding proteins such as Dicer.

The ideal candidate will be adept at, and interested in, acquiring mechanistic insight from results of biochemistry and molecular biology experiments. Experiments using biochemistry and molecular biology techniques will be the main focus, but opportunities to collaborate with structural biologists, and participate in experiments using C. elegans or mammalian cells may arise.



•conduct independent research in collaboration with the Principle Investigator

•design and purify customizedRNAmolecules

•express and purify proteins

•supervise and coordinate efficient laboratory maintenance and operation

•supervise students and technical support

•assist in writing reports, manuscripts and grants

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology or related field. Experience in protein purification is required, and familiarity with baculovirus expression systems preferred. Previous experience inRNAbiochemistry would be helpful.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Minimum Qualifications:

•Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology or related field

•Previous research experience in protein purification and biochemistry techniques

•Experience in keeping up with the scientific literature relating to ongoing projects

•Experience in evaluating scientific literature towards the goal of identifying relevant techniques and protocols

•Ability to work interactively on projects with a variety of researchers

•Ability to articulate research design and results effectively with other researchers and trainees

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.

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