Job Information

University of Utah UU Student - Research, Biochem (Work-Study) in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 09/12/2023

Requisition Number PRN14168N

Job Title UU Student - Research

Working Title UU Student - Research, Biochem (Work-Study)

Job Grade SJ

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code?

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 15

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Is this a work study job? Yes

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00279 - Medicinal Chemistry

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $10/hr

Close Date

Job Summary

Undergraduate Research Assistant is responsible for assisting a post-doctoral fellow in culturing non-pathogenic bacterial strains, isolation and purification of small molecules and structural analysis The undergraduate researcher is expected to be familiarized with standard aseptic procedures in handling bacterial strains, various column chromatography techniques and HPLC . In addition to research activities, following are required: Documenting protocols, keeping lab notebook records upto date, summarizing results in written format weekly and monthly presentation in support of the research activities. The research activity is intended to provide the opportunity to learn as to how to conduct biomedical research and prepare the students for future graduate research upon UG completion.

Qualifications :

Education/Experience Current enrolment in the undergraduate Chemistry at the Univ. of Utah is essential. Prior experience in synthetic organic chemistry is desirable.


  • Prepare samples for various non-pathogenic bacterial strains
  • Use aseptic lab techniques in daily work
  • Maintain media and reagents as needed for various bacterial culture conditions
  • Inventory and report expendable supplies/materials needed
  • Provide routine preventive maintenance by daily cleaning, sanitizing, and trash disposal
  • Perform quality control monitoring by taking incubator temperatures, inoculating bacterial strains, running media controls, performing control experiments
  • Maintain laboratory condition, to include equipment, supplies, and accurate records throughout all experiments
  • Perform all activities in a neat, safe, hygienic, and efficient manner
  • Maintain lab notebooks, updated daily and prepare ppt slide for monthly presentation as well as providing weekly summary report
  • Assisting with managing priorities and schedule such that individual goals as well as project goals are achieved
  • Participation in the publication and presentation at conferences/meetings
  • Responsible for the safety of oneself and others working within their area
  • Responsible for the completion of required microbiology training/certification
  • Meets with faculty supervisor on regular basis to maintain ongoing communication regarding the progress and performance.

Minimum Qualifications


Subject knowledge and oral/written communication skills to discuss and document research progress. Ability to work independently, accurately and to problem solves technical and methodological issues that arise during the course of the research. Ability to apply sound research techniques, methodology and logical critical analysis. Strong organization and interpersonal skills.

Special Instructions Summary

Education/Experience Current enrolment in the undergraduate Chemistry at the Univ. of Utah is essential. Prior experience in synthetic organic chemistry is desirable.

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)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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