Job Information

University of Utah Research Scientist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 11/21/2023

Requisition Number PRN36995B

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 U of U Health - Academics

Department 00276 - Pharmacology and Toxicology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 75,000 - 80,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The successful applicants will join a vibrant team of researchers committed to understanding the biology of pathological aggression and tic disorders. Our research is based on a translational strategy, which combines clinical and preclinical research with a strong focus on the development of novel therapies for these disorders. To this end, we have developed unique models of these conditions, and have already successfully translated some of our discoveries into clinical trials. Our multifaceted approach integrates behavioral, biochemical, molecular biological, and neuroanatomical techniques, and offers an exciting opportunity to work on cutting-edge research and make a tangible impact in these critical areas of medical science. Our laboratory collaborates with a vast network of biologists and clinicians all over the world and is currently spearheading clinical and preclinical research to solve some of the major questions related to these disorders, including the mechanisms of sex differences, as well as the neural processes whereby stress exacerbates symptoms.



Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Neuroendocrinology, or related fields with an established track record in one or more of the following:

1. Protein analyses.

2. Immunofluorescence.

3. Behavioral procedures – rodents, preferably previous experience with operant chambers.

Experience with animal models is essential.

Proven experience in working with research animals (mice and rats) required. Knowledge of behavioral paradigms and tests, complex laboratory techniques, equipment, terminology, materials, and substances.

Proven experience in biochemical analyses such as western blot, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, PCR and qPCR, ELISA required.

Skills in the use of laboratory equipment, stereotaxical manipulation, ability to create and analyze statistical calculations and prepare reports and manuscripts required. Demonstrated human relations, coordination and supervision of laboratory activities, laboratory management, and effective communication skills also required.

Previous experience in optogenetic, neuroanatomical tract-tracing, operant conditioning chamber, and self-administration are preferred.

Essential functions:

· Senior laboratory personnel conducting behavioral, neurosurgical, and neurochemical research.

· Generates and characterizes animal models of pathological aggression.

· Organizes and conducts behavioral experiments.

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

· Makes statistical calculations, analyzes data, prepares reports summarizing results, prepares manuscripts and grants.

· Supervises the care of research animals; collects animal tissues (brain areas) and specimen for laboratory analyses.

· Supervises and coordinates the activity of laboratory technicians assigned to his project, and research scholars.

· Purchases laboratory supplies, materials, and research animals.

· Collaborates with the Principal Investigator and the Research Scientist in laboratory management, setting up of new methods and assays to accomplish scientific objectives, preparation of IACUC and EHS / OEHS protocols, University and Companies contracts, preparation of reports, manuscripts, grants.

Problem solving: This position will assist the Principal Investigator in planning and designing new methods and techniques. Work will require exercising independent judgement and theoretical knowledge of steroids, neuroactive steroids, and neurotransmitters biochemistry. This position will include supervision of laboratory personnel and coordination of their activities. Work will be carried out in accordance with periodic conferences with the Principal Investigator.

Comments. Work environment and level of frequency that may be required:

Nearly continuously: Laboratory, animal facilities and office environment.

Often: Infectious disease, oils (air or skin exposure), hazards (exposure to chemicals).

Physical requirements and level of frequency that may be required:

Nearly continuously: Hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (typing), walking, standing, sitting.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or other scientific discipline in a related field plus four years of experience or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience) 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.


Resume of specific skills, licenses, certificates, and requirements:

· Ph.D. in the field of Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Pharmacotherapy, Toxicology.

· Proven experience in working with research animals and in biochemical analyses.

· Knowledge of steroids, neuroactive steroids, brain neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine).

· Fluency in English (written and oral).

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Provide a list of publication with your resume/CV.

Additional Information

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.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly 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.

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