Job Information

University of Utah Research Scientist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 05/19/2022

Requisition Number PRN30653B

Job Title Research Scientist

Working Title Research Scientist

Job Grade F

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; 8-5

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00268 - Neurosurgery

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 58,000 to 78,000 depending on experience

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Mahan lab is looking to hire a Research Scientist to assist in leading experiments under current NIH funding as well as developing new avenues for research and funding.

The senior scientist would be lead of a lab that currently consists of a senior lab technician and a post-doctoral fellow. Roles would include day-to-day management of the experiments, development of protocols for future experiments, manuscript preparation and grant writing.

Our research centers on non-healing nerve injuries. Neuroma-in-continuity ( NIC ) is a pathophysiologic outcome frequently associated with these injuries, where fibrosis and inflammation create a microenvironment which inhibits axonal regeneration, resulting in poor neurologic recovery. To overcome this gap from bench to clinic, we have developed a basic science model of failed peripheral nerve regeneration which mimics the clinical injury mechanism (rapid-stretch) and produces the unique and severe pathophysiology and associated neurologic deficits observed in the clinical population. We aim to leverage this translatable model in order to characterize the cellular and molecular microenvironment of pathophysiologic nerve regeneration, with the hope to identify novel therapeutic targets for clinical intervention to ameliorate patient outcomes.


1. Develops scientific research projects and acts as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator.

2. Researches and stays current with project related scientific literature.

3. Sets up new methods or assays to accomplish scientific objectives.

4. Identifies and implements creative solutions to overcome problems.

5. Organizes, interprets data and derives study conclusions.

6. Manages and trains research staff to achieve research goals.

7. Collaborates with internal and external investigators on multiple research projects ensuring scientific significance and feasibility.

8. Summarizes results of clinical studies in the form of scientific abstracts and manuscripts.

9. Serves as a resource to provide clinical and scientific information needed for various initiatives.

10. Contributes to teaching activities by preparing and presenting educational seminars.

11. Assists with grant preparation by researching background, significance and planning statistics.

12. Attends national conferences and presents results of clinical studies.

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.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or other scientific discipline in a related field plus four years of experience or equivalency required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also 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 values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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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.