Job Information

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

Open Date 08/30/2021

Requisition Number PRN27507B

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 hours

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Full time.

VP Area President

Department 02061 - HCI Hari Vankayalapati Res Prg

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 39300 to 72700

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Principal Investigators; Hariprasad Vankayalapati, M. Pharm., PhD., at Huntsman Cancer and David Bearss, PhD., at U2- TAH Accelerator Therapeutics at PIVOT of University of Utah currently in the process of hiring Senior Lab Specialist to support Non-Clinical & Clinical Cancer Biology , Immunology, Biomarkers research and screening of small molecules in an in vitro systems including patient derived samples.

The HCI’s division of Oncology & Center for Investigational Therapeutics ( CIT ) advancing on understanding of non-clinical in vitro/ex vivo/in vivo models to predict toxicities associated with products targeting the immune response of cancer patients, including combination therapy approaches. The candidates will collaborate with our Molecular Pathology, PK/PD, Immunology, Cancer Immunotherapy and Medicinal Chemistry groups. The Senior Laboratory Specialist will be expected to initiate and publish research findings to internal and external scientific communities.

As an employee of HCI , you will actively contribute to the discovery, development and delivery of results to our patient needs. We realize that our strength and competitive advantage lie with our people. We support our employees in a number of ways to foster a healthy working environment, meaningful work, diversity and inclusion, mobility, networking and work-life balance. Our competitive compensation and benefit programs reflect HCI’s high regard for our employees.


Senior Laboratory Specialist Areas of Focus:

  • Evaluate novel translatable safety biomarkers for Immuno-Oncology and Oncology
  • Characterize next generation non-clinical models for predictivity of toxicities associated with immune potentiation from immune-oncology and oncology targeted agents driven responses and findings.
  • Deepen mechanistic understanding of inter-species differences of response to immune-modulatory and other cancer targeted agents

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.

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.


Desired Experience, Skills and Abilities:

  • MS degree in Cancer Biology with Immunology or Cancer Immunotherapy expertise with 1 plus year of experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of immunology, in vivo and/or in vitro immune-oncology models, and state of the art immunoassay technologies.
  • Experience with 3D tissue cultures or micro-physiological systems a plus
  • Ability to collaborate with scientist from other areas
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills

  • MS degree in Cancer Biology, Immunology & in vitro small molecule cell-free and cell-based screening expertise

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction

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.