Jared Rutter, PhD
Lab Technician – Mass Spec
University of Utah

A full-time Lab Technician position is available in the Rutter Lab ( ) in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is interested in working as part of a multidisciplinary and dynamic team to perform cutting-edge research towards revealing the human protein-metabolite interactome for a better understanding of human metabolism, health, and disease. Previous hands-on, laboratory research experience is preferred, but not required. Duties include SDS – PAGE , Western blot, UV-Vis spectrophotometry, High-pressure or fastpressure liquid chromatography, recombinant protein expression and purification, and other protein biochemistry techniques. Responsibilities will be modified as the technician gains lab experience. This position is ideal for a candidate wishing to gain hands-on laboratory experience before applying for graduate school, medical school, or both.

Responsibilities Performs laboratory research under the direction of a supervisor. The successful applicant will be trained and perform SDS – PAGE , Western blot, UV-Vis spectrophotometry, fast-pressure liquid chromatography, recombinant protein expression and purification, and other protein biochemistry techniques. Maintains detailed electronic laboratory notebook. Analyzes, presents, and discusses data. Attends and participates in lab meetings and interest groups. Maintains lab inventory and databases. Contributes to general laboratory maintenance and general reagent production as needed. The ideal candidate will have excellent focus and attention to detail, organizational skills in recordkeeping, multitasking, prioritizing responsibilities, time management, knowing when to ask for help, and an ability to interact with all levels of staff. 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.

Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or other scientific disciplines in a related field or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience) 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.

Preferences Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, or related subject. Demonstrated skill in written and verbal communication. Demonstrated ability to work independently and ask for guidance when needed. Previous hands-on research experience is preferred, but not required.
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