Job Information

University of Utah Research Scientist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 09/19/2022

Requisition Number PRN32354B

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 01154 - HCI Brad Cairns Lab

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 76000 to 78000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Cairns lab pursues a broad range of research projects in the field of chromosome, gene, and epigenetic regulation. We aim to understand how proper gene packaging and expression guide early developmental decision-making, and how the misregulation of gene expression leads to cancer. We work with a wide range of sophisticated proteins and protein complexes that interact with the genome and contain various enzymatic activities that control gene expression. The applicant will contribute to our characterization of these gene packaging and un-packaging enzymes and complexes.

We seek technical and scientific support at the molecular and biochemical level involving the expression, purification and functional characterizations of several of those proteins and activities. The candidate will also create plasmids and vectors for the expression of protein complexes. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to initially assist ongoing projects, as well as contribute to the development and leadership of new projects and technical procedures. The position may develop into project management and co-supervision of technicians and trainees. He/she will have the opportunity to present his/her own contribution and progress in group meetings and larger venues, and successful results will be included in co-authored academic publications. The candidate will also participate in generating results and in providing data and writing elements for grant proposals, in coordination with the Principle Investigator and colleagues.

Experience and technical knowledge of the procedures for expression (including tissue culture) and purification of recombinant proteins expressed in either bacteria or mammalian cells system is required. Familiarity with protein purification procedures and methodologies, and the analysis of enzyme activity is preferred.

The candidate must be capable of detailed and accurate work, have strong quantitative skills, be comfortable with basic chemistry, exercise independent judgment, and share observations and formulate suggestions with his/her co-workers.

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.


1. 15%. Confers with senior laboratory personnel regarding the procedures and techniques to be followed in conducting research and recommends modifications as needed.

2. 70%. Performs tests and procedures using laboratory equipment.

3. 0%. Monitors and assists with purchasing of laboratory supplies and materials.

4. 5%. Conducts literature reviews to obtain abstracts and information to be utilized in research.

5. 5%. Makes statistical calculations, analyzes data and prepares reports summarizing results.

6. 0%. May supervise the care of research animals; perform minor animal surgery or collect animal tissues and specimens for laboratory analysis.

7. 5%. May oversee the operations of student course experiments in a laboratory setting.

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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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.