University of Utah Micrscopy Core Lab Specialist

Lab Specialist/Lab Technician

Uath

June 25, 2024


Job Summary

The University of Utah Cell Imaging Core is seeking a Lab Technician (Specialist?) to organize, inventory, and clean sophisticated microscopy equipment and train new users in Standard Operating Procedures. The candidate will support the cell imaging needs of the University of Utah scientific community by maintaining equipment functionality and instructing new users on proficiency. The candidate will work closely with the Core Director and other Core staff members to learn all necessary protocols for the care and use of the microscopes.

Responsibilities

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 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 discipline or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience); two years full-time laboratory experience; and demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Working knowledge of advanced scientific techniques and procedures as well as the ability to make statistical calculations, analyze results, prepare reports and perform specialized tests also required.

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


Preferences

Operate and maintain high-end microscopic imaging systems within the Core Facility under the direction of the facility manager.

Train and assist researchers in using the microscopy systems within the Core Facility.

Keep records of the microscope’s utilization.

Assist with lab administrative duties.

Perform other related functions as assigned.

Prior experience with fluorescence microscopy and confocal microscopy is preferred.

Previous laboratory experience in a basic science field, with knowledge of common lab practices and safety, is preferred.

Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Good working knowledge of MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Highly detail-oriented, enjoys problem-solving and brainstorming, and is team-oriented.

Optional:

Familiarity with digital image analysis tools (ImageJ, Imaris, Nikon Elements, and other image analysis software).

Type

Benefited Staff


Special Instructions Summary

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.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.


Additional Information

All qualified individuals are strongly 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.
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