Job Information

University of Utah Sr Laboratory Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 07/21/2021

Requisition Number PRN27027B

Job Title Sr Laboratory Specialist

Working Title Sr Laboratory Specialist

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00108 - Metallurgical Engineering

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 39300 to 72700

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

Serves as Technician for the Department of Materials Science & Engineering ( MSE ). Independently performs repairs/maintenance on laboratory equipment, serves as a laboratory manager for several multi-user/student MSE laboratories, and serves as a deputy safety lead for MSE . Also supports research laboratories in the MSE department subject to need and funding. The technician will report to the Chair of MSE .


1. Technical support for shared laboratory equipment and facilities. Will be responsible for basic equipment maintenance and to assess and possibly repair equipment as needed. Examples of equipment include: furnaces, polishers, presses, electron microscopes, X-ray diffraction systems, spectroscopy equipment, thermal analysis equipment, 3D printers, etc.

2. Management of shared/teaching laboratories. Developing and enforcing safe lab procedures in shared department laboratories. This task includes ensuring that all lab users have undergone the required safety training and any additional training for the equipment they are working with. It also involves working with students to develop safe lab practices and/or writing their own standard operating procedures. It also includes properly managing and disposing of hazardous waste. Ensure that laboratories are kept clean and orderly and students are using proper safety practices. Achieve these outcomes by daily inspections and communications with teaching assistants and student users. Performs and documents the monthly lab safety walk through.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate scientific discipline or equivalency, plus four years of related full-time laboratory 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.


Candidates with extensive experience and proficiency operating and maintaining relevant material characterization instrumentation including scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction is desirable but not 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.