Job Information

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


Open Date 08/06/2021

Requisition Number PRN11536N

Job Title UU Student - Research

Working Title Undergrad Research Assistant

Job Grade SJ

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code?

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? No

Standard Hours per Week 5 to 10 hours (average)

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

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 $15.00/hr

Close Date

Job Summary

The Playdon Research Group is conducting dietary intervention studies that include providing control diets (frozen meals) to study participants. We are now hiring a Student Metabolic Kitchen Worker as an integral part of the study team. Experience in food service such as working in a professional kitchen (e.g., hospital, school, restaurant) and an interest in diet and nutrition is preferable. The successful application should have attention to detail, be able to follow directions and work independently under limited supervision while being part of a research team. They will be able to read, write and understand English, and stand on their feet for up to 8-hours. This is an hourly position ($15/hour). Hours may vary each week and depend on: (1) the number of study participants requiring meals per week; (2) the availability of the NUIP Foods Lab. A minimum of about 5 hours per week is expected. During weeks when multiple participants require study meals, hours may increase. Meal preparation can be completed in the evening and on the weekend in addition to standard work hours, therefore the student’s schedule can be accommodated.


• Attain and maintain a food handlers permit

• Order/procure ingredients

• Load/unload ingredients

• Transfer supplies between staging areas

• Ensure compliance with food safety and HAACP procedures

• Clean and sanitize work stations and cooking zones

• Food preparation

• Cook, portion and package meals according to standardized recipes

• Operate dishwashing equipment, washing dishes and glassware by hand when necessary

• Carry out basic cleaning tasks, including cleaning any spills and broken glass immediately

• Dispose of trash

• Transport food across campus from the Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology ( NUIP ) Foods Lab Facility to the Huntsman Cancer Institute Center for HOPE for storage

Minimum Qualifications

Must be a U of U student


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.