Job Information

University of Utah Research Scientist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 10/31/2023

Requisition Number PRN36771B

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 47,000 - 69,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Seeking highly motivated research scientist to perform mechanistic studies for the characterization of inflammatory and cell death pathways involved in the initiation and progression of solid tumors. PI Mei Koh’s lab focuses on the identification of new therapeutic strategies that exploit the inflammatory and hypoxic tumor microenvironment. While some degree of freedom is expected, the candidate will be expected to independently drive a research project which could include characterizing the role of the novel HAF -NFκB pathway in the initiation and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma ( HCC ), identifying novel pathways related to iron metabolism in kidney cancer and performing high throughput screens to identify novel small molecules with anti-cancer activity. Thus, expertise in cell signaling pathways, particularly those implicated in cancer, is highly desirable. The candidate should also be able to write research articles and mentor lab technicians and graduate students with minimal supervision.

Candidates must possess a PhD degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular pharmacology or related field. Candidates should have high proficiency in general cell biology and molecular biology techniques including cell culture, molecular cloning, western blots, PCR , and cell viability/reporter assays. Experience in animal handling/surgery is desirable but not essential. Candidates should be organized, able to work independently and as part of a team in a highly collaborative research environment. Fluency in English is required. Candidates should be eligible to work in the USA .


Responsibilities include:

1) Perform laboratory experiments, which may include cell culture, molecular cloning, western blotting, PCR , small molecule screening, animal handling/surgery, and protein purification.

2) Plan and execute experiments, perform data analysis, have ability to work independently and as part of a team.

3) Present data in group meetings, and at local and international meetings.

4) Supervise lab technicians and students.

5) Prepare manuscripts.

The University of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Institute:

Founded in 1850, The University of Utah (the U) is the flagship institution of higher learning in Utah, and offers over 100 undergraduate and more than 90 graduate degree programs to over 30,000 students. As a preeminent research and teaching institution, the University ranks among the top 50 U.S. universities by total research expenditures. Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ) at the University of Utah is a nationally recognized research center and treatment hospital, and an NCI -designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. HCI and the U are located in Salt Lake City, a vibrant, increasingly diverse and family friendly city; nestled against the mountains of the Wasatch Front, which provide world class skiing, hiking, biking and other alpine activities.

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 (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.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Please provide 3 references.

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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