Job Information

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


Open Date 12/13/2023

Requisition Number PRN37170B

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

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00219 - Neurobiology & Anatomy Labs

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

The Mills lab in the Department of Neurobiology is recruiting a Senior Lab Specialist / Lab Manager to help establish a systems neuroscience research program. Responsibilities will include developing core techniques such as stereotaxic surgery, calcium imaging, behavioral experiments and histology. Additionally, a portion of the candidate’s time will also be allocated to assisting the principle investigator in administrative and managerial aspects of establishing the lab, including ordering of equipment and preparing protocols and documentation for lab activities.

This lab is committed to fostering a positive, inclusive and supportive environment, where all lab members are welcome and supported to pursue their potential as scientists.


Essential Functions

  1. Develop and troubleshoot core experimental workflows in the lab environment, including but not limited to, stereotaxic surgeries, calcium imaging using miniscopes, behavioral analysis, and histology of brain tissue.
  2. Work with other team members to conduct experiments, record and analyze data.
  3. Conducts literature reviews to obtain abstracts and information to be utilized in research.
  4. Supervise the care of research animals; perform minor animal surgery or collect animal tissues and specimens for laboratory analysis.
  5. May oversee the operations of student course experiments in a laboratory setting.
  6. Assist with administrative duties such as development of lab protocols, ordering mice and reagents, and orientation of new lab members.
  7. Responsible for providing supervision and training to trainees in the lab, including undergraduate and graduate students.


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It 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.

Problem Solving

This position requires independently planning and troubleshooting experimental technique workflows within a research lab setting. Ability to plan and implement solutions to technical challenges based on information from both literature and practical experience. Work requires exercising independent judgment and theoretical knowledge of the applicable science. This position will include supervision of entry-level laboratory personnel, who may refer sensitive or unusual situations to the incumbent. If incumbent cannot find a resolution, the situation is referred to the supervisor.

Work will be performed in a team with other lab personnel, and informed by conferences with principal investigator.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required:

Nearly Continuously: Office and lab environments.

Often: Infectious disease ( replication-deficient viruses ), oils ( there is air or skin exposure to oils or other cutting fluids ), hazards ( includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, or exposure to chemicals ).

Often: Exposure to animals, including time in animal facility. (mice)

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Hearing, listening, talking.

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

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate scientific discipline or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience), 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.


M.Sc. (preferred), or Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Biology, or other scientific discipline or equivalency required; knowledge of complex laboratory techniques, equipment, terminology, materials and substances. Skilled in the use of laboratory equipment, ability to create and analyze statistical calculations and prepare reports required; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

OSHA training and certification in animal care and use or the willingness to complete the certification will be required for the position.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

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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