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University of Utah Lab Technician in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 10/14/2021

Requisition Number PRN27996B

Job Title Lab Technician

Working Title Lab Technician

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00945 - Peds Clinical Pharmacology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $12.02 to $19.22

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Job Summary

The Lab Technician will be part of the research team in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine. The Lab Technician will be responsible for assisting with day-to-day operations of the Constance and Enioutina Laboratory, located in the L.S Skaggs Pharmacy Research Institute (Building 581 SRB ), Suite 2400. This will include routine cell culture maintenance, conducting or helping with experiments, coordinating sample or specimen delivery/pick-up from Core Facilities or collaborator laboratories, management of chemical and biological inventories, as well as a patient specimen biorepository. In addition, the Lab Technician will assist other Division of Clinical Pharmacology faculty members with laboratory-based experiments on an as-needed basis.

The Lab Technician will perform technical procedures in a research laboratory under minimal supervision by applying standard scientific techniques and analytical principles. This role will include keeping and maintaining activity logs, recording experimental data and observations, and compiling reports of results. Responsibilities will also include maintaining a clean, safe, organized working environment, as well as use of proper sterile technique (disinfecting, and maintaining cleanrooms and equipment). The Lab Technician will aid with receipt and inspection of raw materials, placing orders, and stocking of materials and equipment. As this position will involve projects from different PIs, the Lab Technician will be responsible for recording time allocation by project/PI.

Physical Laboratory: the research laboratory space of Suite 2400 is occupied by The Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. This physical space is shared with multiple PIs; within this space are shared resources dedicated for cell culture, bacterial culture, instrumentation, and microscopy.

The University of Utah offers a comprehensive benefits package with excellent health care options, 14.2% retirement contributions that vest immediately, a variety of retirement plans, and generous paid leave time. Current benefits information is available at .


Essential Functions

The following responsibilities are common to both Constance and Enioutina labs:

  • Follows prescribed procedures for maintaining laboratory equipment such as molecular biology equipment, cognitive and behavior testing facilities, among others.
  • Assisting PIs in lab-based experiments that could include cell culture, flow cytometry, and ELISA .
  • Prepares reagents, compounds, solutions and other media for research experimentation such as those needed for the above molecular procedures and cell culture.
  • Assist with inventory, ordering and stocking laboratory supplies and equipment, and maintaining a biorepository of frozen patient samples.
  • Maintains records of research data and may prepare charts or illustrations.
  • Conducts literature reviews to obtain abstracts and information to be utilized in research.
  • May oversee the operations of student course experiments in a laboratory setting.

In this role, the Lab Technician will exercise limited judgment based on established procedures when planning methods, altering the physical aspects of project settings, and applying suitable techniques and procedures. Employees assist senior laboratory personnel in performing standardized physical, chemical, or biological tests. Sensitive or unusual situations are referred to the supervisor.

All work will be performed under the supervision of senior laboratory personnel, including the above listed PIs. Work is frequently reviewed for accuracy and to ensure adherence to research protocols.


Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required:

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Often: Infectious disease, 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 ).

Seldom: Exposure to animals.

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 biology, chemistry, or other scientific disciplines in a related field 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 may be required by some departments.

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



  • One year full-time laboratory experience
  • Knowledge of chemical and physical properties of materials or substances and appropriate specimen handling techniques
  • As appropriate, complete training and certification in the handling of sensitive data (e.g., Protected Health Information), human specimens, care and use of laboratory animals, safety protocols (e.g., chemical, biological, emergency), and willingness to complete any additional certification that may be required.

Type Benefited Staff

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


Online reports may be submitted at

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.