Job Information

University of Utah Zebrafish Facility Manager in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 05/07/2021

Requisition Number PRN26068B

Job Title Associate Director, Research & Science

Working Title Zebrafish Facility Manager

Job Grade H

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area President

Department 00717 - Office of Comparative Medicine

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 75900 to 148100

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Under minimal supervision, manages zebrafish facility husbandry, personnel, equipment, and research support activities. Provides subject matter expertise in zebrafish husbandry, reproduction, and facility management.

Assists departmental leadership in preparing department budgets and in setting department goals related to zebrafish. Ensures continuity and quality customer service.


Essential Functions

1. Manages a multi-user zebrafish facility including husbandry, personnel, equipment, and research support activities. Provides subject matter expertise for the university in matters related to zebrafish biology and husbandry.

2. Works collaboratively with zebrafish faculty advisory committee, veterinarians, and IACUC personnel to ensure fish health and welfare.

3. Manages departments’ budgets, estimates budgetary requirements for special projects and oversees purchases and inventory.

4. Implements and administers new and existing department programs and services to internal and external customers. Evaluates program effectiveness. May carry out and implement logistic plans and procedures to ensure that needs are met.

5. Participates in the development and interpretation of department polices to ensure compliance with the University’s policies and regulatory requirements. Ensures compliance with applicable federal regulations.

6. Establishes internal objectives and implements procedures to meet goals. In consultation with zebrafish faculty advisory committee, assists in setting department short and long-term goals.

7. Oversees facility personnel including recruitment, performance evaluation, and retention of staff.

8. Ensures customer satisfaction by analyzing customer complaints, concerns and suggestions. Provides appropriate follow through to ensure quality customer service.

9. Facilitates cooperative and collaborative relationships with the research community.

10. Authorizes the purchase and implementation of new technology, resources and equipment.

11. Serves as part of the department management team.

Problem Solving

This position frequently addresses problematic situations and often acts a mediator or a negotiator. A major task for this position is to understand the needs of the customers and determine what products and services should be provided to meet those needs.


The incumbent must be proficient in making daily operational decisions in assigned area to ensure compliance of current regulations and guidelines.


This job description 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.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

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

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency required; plus 6-8 years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communication skills also required. Master’s degree in a related area preferred.

The position is not responsible for providing patient care.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


- MS or PhD degree in a related area preferred.

- Experience with experimental biology using zebrafish as a model system preferred.

- Must have strong knowledge of zebrafish husbandry and facility management.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Due to the nature of this position, successful completion of additional investigative inquiries in addition to a criminal background check are required prior to hire.

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.