Job Information

University of Utah Student Research Assistant in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 12/15/2020

Requisition Number PRN10821N

Job Title UU Student - Research

Working Title Student Research Assistant

Job Grade SJ

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code?

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? No

Standard Hours per Week 10 to 15 /week

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Project Duration:

Up to 3 years

10-15 hours per week

Is this a work study job? No

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00200 - Nutrition & Integrative Physio

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $10-$12/hr

Close Date

Job Summary

Project Description:

Our lab is interested in improving healthy aging with nutritional approaches using mice as a pre-clinical model for discovery. In particular, we are investigating the benefits of time-restricted feeding and calorie restriction in improving metabolic disease in a mouse model of diet-induced obesity. We are seeking a conscientious, detail-oriented, motivated and enthusiastic research assistant scientist to join our team.

Students will be provided with technical and scientific training on-the-job in a friendly and collaborative environment. In particular, students will learn good laboratory practices and standard laboratory techniques such as buffer preparation and lab supplies stocking. The student will also learn standard biochemistry techniques, which include sample preparation, DNA and RNA extraction, PCR , and gel electrophoresis, as well as animal physiology techniques. Significant contribution to the research and achievements will be acknowledged in potential publications and letters of recommendation. Students will be also be encouraged to present their results at conferences

Keywords: Nutrition, obesity, diabetes, mouse.

This position is considered Category I: Mandatory and required on campus or health care facilities to support on-site operations. Employees hired into this category will be required to be physically located at (insert work site) if they are healthy and without COVID -19 symptoms.


Student Role:

The research assistant will be participating in the design, conduct and analysis of the data gathered during our pre-clinical trials.

1. Responsible for the daily care of animals.

2. Assist lab personnel with the research procedures and techniques.

3. Sample processing.

4. Lab maintenance and support.

Minimum Qualifications

This job posting is only available to current University of Utah students.


- Students majoring in a Medical or Biological Sciences related subject are preferred.

- Students must be willing to work with mice.

- Students must be punctual, meticulous and rigorous in completing assigned tasks.

- Prior experience, background or interests in any of the following areas are also beneficial: Nutrition; Aging; Metabolism; Circadian Clock.

- The ability to work well as a team member with effective communication skills is essential.

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, ( 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.