Xiang Wang
Lab Specialist
Health Science Core Facilities – Cell Imaging Core
University of Utah

We are seeking a Lab Specialist to join our HSC Cell Imaging Core. The ideal candidate will have a strong passion for microscopy and expertise in a research program coordinating role. Key responsibilities include maintaining microscopy equipment, organizing daily core activities, and ensuring effective communication with our users. For more details, please use this link https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/165605.

If you have any additional questions about this position, please don’t hesitate to contact Xiang Wang (Xiang.wang@cores.utah.edu).

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.

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.


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.


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

Type Benefited Staff


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