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Lab Technician

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applicants without experience handling laboratory animals will not be considered.



Open Date 10/25/2017
Requisition Number PRN15556B
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
VP Area U of U Health - Academics
Department 00213 - CVRTI
Location Campus
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range 12.02 to 16.83
Close Date<br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> May close at anytime.
Open Until Filled<br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> May close at anytime. Yes
Job Summary

Performs technical procedures in a research laboratory under minimal supervision. Responsibilities include management of mouse colony and animal husbandry, basic cell culture and molecular biology, and laboratory upkeep. Records observations and measurements and reports results. Helps clean and maintain equipment. Assists with receipt and inspection of raw materials, and ordering and stocking of materials and equipment.

The candidate should have experience with standard techniques in two or more of the following areas: cell culture, mouse handling and genotyping, molecular biology;


1. Confers with the principal investigator or other senior personnel regarding the procedures and techniques to be followed in conducting research.
2. Performs experiments according to established procedures.
3. Care for experimental animals, observe animals’ conditions and report unusual developments to the principal investigator or other senior lab personnel.
4. Prepare animals for experimental procedures and assist in surgeries.
5. Prepares reagents, compounds, solutions and other media for research experimentation.
6. Follows prescribed procedures for maintaining laboratory equipment and facilities.
7. Assist with inventory, ordering and stocking laboratory supplies and equipment.
8. Maintains records of research data and may prepare charts or illustrations.

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.


Strong preference will be given to individuals with experience handling laboratory mice, including mouse genotyping with PCR. Preference will be given to those with substantial experience in cell culture.

Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary

Applicants without experience handling laboratory animals will not be considered.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.
To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email:

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a related Bachelor's degree or equivalency? (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education)
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Please indicate your knowledge and/or level of experience in complex laboratory techniques, equipment, terminology, materials and substances:
    • None
    • Minimal
    • Moderate
    • Extensive

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission
  2. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169