Job Information

University of Utah Research Scientist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 09/29/2022

Requisition Number PRN32493B

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

VP Area President

Department 01561 - HCI JASON GERTZ LAB

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 47600 to 75000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Gertz Lab at the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute seeks a Research Scientist to perform molecular biology, genomics, and tissue culture experiments. The Gertz Lab is focused on using and developing genomics techniques to characterize the molecular defects that occur in uterine and breast cancer cells with the hope of using this information to improve patient care ( ( ). The lab provides an energetic, welcoming, and supportive environment for scientists and staff working toward common goals.

Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring individuals whose merit and experience promote a diverse, inclusive, anti-racist workforce and culture.

Each employee has a unique background and life experience. We believe that maximizing diversity fuels the success of our organization. In your cover letter or during your interview, we invite you to share how your background, beliefs, and experience will prepare you to be effective in working in an environment that values diversity and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Learn more about HCI’s commitments at and/or contact HCI’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.


The Research Scientist will assist laboratory personnel with their experiments and lab operations. This entails regular planning discussions with a supervisor, performing technical procedures in a research laboratory under minimal supervision, recording protocols, observations, and measurements in a laboratory notebook, and reporting results to a supervisor.

Primary responsibilities of this position include:

1. DNA , RNA , protein, and single cell isolation from human cells and tissue

2. Molecular biology assays including PCR , qPCR, restriction digest, ligation, bacterial plasmid cloning, Western blots

3. Mammalian cell culture including transfections and cell proliferation assays

4. Next generation sequencing library construction

5. General laboratory organization including keeping supplies ordered and stocked

6. Cleaning and maintaining cleanrooms and equipment

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.


Prior experience performing PCR , qPCR, bacterial plasmid cloning, and human cell culture is preferred.

1. A Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry or related field and at least four years of laboratory experience

2. Skilled in the use of laboratory equipment

3. Knowledge of laboratory techniques, equipment, terminology, materials, and substances

4. The ability to independently gain new skills and solve problems

5. Effective communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English

6. Training and certification in laboratory safety and animal care or the willingness to complete the certification may be required

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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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

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.