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Research Scientist (PRN32816B)

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
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Nov 25, 2022

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The Center for Human Toxicology is a state-of-the-art bioanalysis laboratory within the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the University of Utah's College of Pharmacy. The Center is looking for a research scientist to apply standard bioanalytical techniques to determine concentrations of drugs of interest (drugs of abuse, anti-epileptics, among others) from biological matrices (human plasma/tissue, rodent plasma/tissue, and more). The successful applicant will have a minimum of a bachelor of science degree in chemistry or a related field, with a particular focus and interest in analytical chemistry. A master's degree or at least five years of prior experience in bioanalytical method development are preferred. Primary responsibilities will include method development, sample extraction, and instrumental analysis. The selected candidate will be comfortable independently developing novel bioanalytical assays and using LC-MS/MS instrumentation. This position is considered Category I: Mandatory and required on campus or health care facilities to support on-site operations. Employees hired into this category will be required to be physically located at (College of Pharmacy) if they are healthy and without COVID-19 symptoms.

University of Utah Job ID# PRN32816B 00277 - Center for Human Toxicology

COMPENSATION: 47600 to 62500



Bachelor's of Science (BS) degree in Chemistry (preferred), Biology, or other related scientific discipline is required, to include the knowledge of complex laboratory techniques, equipment, terminology, chemicals, and other related materials. Skilled in the use of laboratory equipment, ability to create and analyze statistical calculations, and prepare requisite reports. A master's degree or at least five years of prior experience in bioanalytical method development is preferred. Demonstrates effective inter-personal and communications skills. OSHA training and certification in handling biohazardous materials and chemical waste will be required.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential job functions outlined in the position description.

Essential Functions

1. Confers with senior laboratory personnel regarding the procedures and techniques to be followed in conducting research.

Conducts research following existing protocols in the laboratory, including the use of laboratory equipment.
Develops new procedures and protocols for compounds being studied in the laboratory with minimal supervision.
Prepares reagents and stock solutions as needed to conduct research.
Cleans and maintains laboratory instrumentation and equipment.
Conducts literature reviews to obtain information that will be utilized in research.
Makes statistical calculations, analyzes collected data, and prepares reports summarizing results.
Monitors and assists with purchasing of laboratory supplies and materials.
Complies with all safety regulations governing work with chemicals and biohazardous materials.

Problem Solving

This position will work with senior laboratory members to plan methods and techniques within the laboratory. Work requires exercising independent judgment and basic theoretical knowledge of the applicable science. This position may include supervision of entry-level laboratory personnel, who may refer sensitive or unusual situations to the incumbent. If incumbent cannot find a resolution, the situation is referred to the supervisor.

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.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.


Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or other scientific discipline in a related field plus four years of experience or equivalency required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

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


A master's degree is preferred, or, if a bachelor's degree, at least 5 years of experience working in the bioanalytical field. Incumbent will be expected to independently develop bioanalytical methods, so it is preferred that candidate can demonstrate these skills through prior work or education experience. Familiarity with ThermoScientific and Waters LC-MS/MS instrumentation and software is preferred.



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.
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