Utah State University

Lab Technician

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(8/25/2020 4:06 PM)
Requisition ID
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Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Animal Dairy & Veterinary Sciences
Advertised Salary
$15.00 per hour


Lab technician to work at the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Lab (UVDL) at Utah State University (USU) to assay human samples for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA. Technicians will be trained in biological safety techniques and will interact with samples that contain live SARS-CoV-2 virus.


Incumbents set up laboratory experiments and/or participate in the installation of equipment. Duties include strict adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs), preparation of specimens, media and equipment; making chemical solutions; taking accurate notes and lab clean up. This position will continue until it is deemed no longer necessary for the USU to test samples for SARS-CoV-2.



  1. Sets up laboratory equipment and provides all necessary supplies.
  2. Maintains supply inventory.
  3. Cleans lab and equipment.
  4. Maintains lab equipment.
  5. Maintains lab records.
  6. Manages calibration and operation of equipment.
  7. Maintains quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Ability to follow routine verbal or written instructions.
  2. Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  3. Skilled in providing guidance and instruction in laboratory protocols and in the safe use of laboratory equipment.
  4. Knowledge of experimental procedures, protocols, and preparation techniques within area of specialty.
  5. Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  6. Ability to set up, calibrate, operate, and maintain standard laboratory and test equipment.
  7. Knowledge of the cleaning specifications of various laboratory and/or medical equipment, fixtures, utensils, and related materials.
  8. Computer skills including, spreadsheet and word-processing programs
  9. Good attendance.



Minimum Qualifications:


Candidates must meet the minimum requirements for testing personnel as outlined by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) which are:

(i) Have earned an associate degree in a laboratory science, or medical laboratory technology from an accredited institution or -

(ii) Have education and training equivalent to that specified in paragraph (b)(2)(i) of this section that includes -

(A) At least 60 semester hours, or equivalent, from an accredited institution that, at a minimum, include either -

(1) 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses; or

(2) 24 semester hours of science courses that include -

(i) Six semester hours of chemistry;

(ii) Six semester hours of biology; and

(iii) Twelve semester hours of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combination; and

(B) Have laboratory training that includes either of the following:

(1) Completion of a clinical laboratory training program approved or accredited by the ABHES, the CAHEA, or other organization approved by HHS. (This training may be included in the 60 semester hours listed in paragraph (b)(2)(ii)(A) of this section.)

(2) At least 3 months documented laboratory training in each specialty in which the individual performs high complexity testing.


Candidates also require excellent pipetting skills.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

This position requires moderate physical activity, including the handling of average weight objects up to 25 pounds and/or standing or walking more than four hours per day.  Employees are exposed to unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.  The work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and will include the use of protective equipment.


Fundamental Abilities

Within the scope and complexity of each position’s responsibilities, each incumbent is expected to possess and demonstrate the following abilities:

  1. Communicating: Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing.
  2. Problem solving: Analyzes information and evaluates results to select the best solution and solve problems.
  3. Monitoring: Measures performance of self; makes improvements and takes appropriate corrective action.
  4. Critical Thinking: Comes to well-reasoned conclusions, solutions, and approaches to problems.
  5. Team Building: Works to create a team-based environment. Consistently demonstrates cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors, and customers.
  6. Active Listening: Gives full attention when others are speaking; listens to understand, asks questions as appropriate, and does not interrupt.
  7. Service Orientation: Actively seeks opportunities to help others.
  8. Conflict Resolution: Acts professionally when encountering customers who, at times, may be frustrated.

Core Characteristics

As representatives of Utah State University and primary contributors to its mission, all employees are expected to demonstrate the following characteristics:

  1. Take initiative.
  2. Maintain confidentiality.
  3. Be accountable.
  4. Behave ethically.
  5. Be honest and trustworthy.
  6. Demonstrate a strong work ethic.
  7. Be inquisitive.
  8. Be detail oriented.
  9. Be self-motivated.
  10. Efficiently manage multiple tasks.
  11. Be a team player.
  12. Be committed to improving USU.



This position description indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.


Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

$15.00 per hour

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visithttps://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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