Current Openings

  • Administrative Assistant/Senior Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant/Senior Administrative Assistant
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Research Specialist
  • Web Developer I

 

Application materials may be submitted to careers@stowers.org


Administrative Assistant/Senior Administrative Assistant

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Senior Administrative Assistant to provide high level coordination and assistance with graduate student academic and postdoctoral extracurricular activities.

Primary responsibilities include providing administrative support to the Open University Research Degree Coordinator, the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) Liaison, and the Institute’s Scientific Director.  The senior administrative assistant will  work with the budget office to maintain a current status of program funds; serve as point-of-contact for members from KUMC and the Open University; interact with staff from Operations and Services and AF&V in planning and coordinating extracurricular activities for KUMC and Open University members; provide support to graduate student/postdoc-led committees in planning and implementing career-related, professional development, and teambuilding initiatives; ensure adherence to timetables throughout the matriculation process for OU members; establish and maintain accurate files, records and databases for efficient operations; and interact with the Office of the President to effectively coordinate seminar speakers, their accommodations and schedules.

In addition to outstanding oral and writing skills and the ability to effectively multi-task in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills to effectively interact with individuals at all levels of the organization; a high level of attention to details; and excellent office experience and demeanor.

Minimum requirements include graduation from an accredited high school and five years of progressively responsible administrative support experience in a student affairs university environment, or an undergraduate degree in a science-related area, plus one year of experience providing administrative support in a student affairs university environment.

Application Instructions: To be considered for this position, please submit (1) a current resume and (2) at least two letters of recommendation to careers@stowers.org or to Administration Department, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.


Administrative Assistant/Senior Administrative Assistant

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a an individual to fill an  administrative support role in a laboratory or administrative environment.

Primary responsibilities  include a variety of purchasing, accounting, and administrative duties associated with the activities of a busy office environment.

In addition to outstanding communication skills and the ability to effectively multi-task in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will have documented experience with  scientific terminology; English composition/editing; and administrative support skills in accounting/bookkeeping, office management, purchasing, composing correspondence, editing scientific material, and advanced computer skills.

Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in a science-related area, plus one year of experience providing administrative support in a research-oriented environment or graduation from an accredited high school and five years of progressively responsible administrative support experience in a scientific environment with knowledge of procedures, supplies, and equipment common to a research laboratory environment.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a current resume and 2 letters of recommendation to careers@stowers.org or to Administration Department, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.


Postdoctoral Research Associate

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The Halfmann lab at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research has two openings for postdoctoral researchers to explore the cellular and evolutionary implications of protein aggregation and phase partitioning in living organisms.

The projects will build on recent discoveries in yeast (Holmes et al. Cell. 2013;153:153-165) and mammalian systems (Cai et al. Cell. 2014;156:1207-1222) that suggest wide-ranging roles for prions and other self-templated protein assemblies in regulating the flow of information through cellular networks.

Qualified candidates will have a doctorate degree in biology and possess the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment. Experience in protein biochemistry and cell biology are desired.

To apply, please submit a cover letter that includes a short summary of interests, a CV, and the contact information of 2-3 professional references to Randal Halfmann at rhn@stowers.org. The positions are available immediately until filled.

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri is a non-profit, basic biomedical research organization dedicated to improving human health by studying the fundamental processes of life (visit www.stowers.org). Founded and endowed by Jim and Virginia Stowers, the Institute is home to over 20 independent research programs and more than a dozen technology-development and core facilities.

Kansas City is an emerging metropolitan city in the Midwest with a high quality of living and affordability (visit www.visitkc.com).


Postdoctoral Research Associate

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has two openings for postdoctoral researchers to work on projects using the cave fish system (Astyanax mexicanus) to address questions about the genetic basis of adaptation to new and extreme environments, with a particular focus on metabolic evolution.

Candidates will use RNA-sequencing, whole genome sequencing, transgenics, and metabolomics to uncover the genetic basis and underlying mechanism of the impressive metabolic adaptations cavefish have acquired to survive in nutrient poor environments.

Qualified candidates should have a background in evolutionary genetics and bioinformatics or a background in ecological genetics.  Research may be field-based, lab-based, or both.  Researchers who integrate genome level data with studies of ecology and evolution are encouraged to apply

One of the positions will involve substantial field work (in the caves in Mexico) to link the ecological settings in the caves with the observed and studied phenotypes.

Another position will direct the bioinformatics of the genomics of non-model organisms, and will analyze and interpret data accordingly.  Experience in handling large-scale sequence data is essential. 

The ideal candidate has a doctorate degree in bioinformatics, genomics, or a related field; strong command of UNIX and other programming languages; hands-on experience with genomic data; and an interest in pursuing research on emerging model organisms.  In addition, the successful candidate will have a strong background in analysis of genetic and genomic data (e.g., whole-genome resequencing, RAD genotyping, QTL mapping) and/or experimental developmental biology (e.g., manipulation of gene expression, transgenesis, genome editing), and an ability and willingness to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.  No previous experience working with fish is required.

To apply, please submit a cover letter that includes a short summary of interests, a CV, and the contact information of 2-3 professional references to nro@stowers.org

Deadline for applications is September 15, 2015.  The positions are available October 1, 2015 (start date is flexible).


About the Stowers Institute for Medical Research

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri* is a non-profit, basic biomedical research organization dedicated to improving human health by studying the fundamental processes of life.  Jim Stowers, founder of American Century Investments, and his wife, Virginia, opened the Institute in 2000.  Since then, the Institute has spent over 900 million dollars in pursuit of its mission.

Currently, the Institute is home to almost 550 researchers and support personnel; over 20 independent research programs; and more than a dozen technology-development and core facilities.  Kansas City is an emerging metropolitan city in the Midwest with a high quality of living and affordability. 

*Visit https://www.visitkc.com for information about living and working in Kansas City.


Programmer Analyst

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research currently has an opening for a Programmer Analyst who will collaborate with the Research Systems and Information Management teams to assist in the development and deployment of the SharePoint application suite.

Primary job responsibilities include designing, developing, documenting, and deploying SharePoint solutions and apps; providing technical expertise in identifying, evaluating, and developing effective procedures and systems requirements that meet business requirements; researching, testing, building, and coordinating the conversion and/or integration of new products based on Institute requirements; addressing problems of systems integration, compatibility, and multiple platforms; maintaining SharePoint farms and service applications at the enterprise level; configuring and maintaining SharePoint site artifacts such as site collections, sites, document libraries, lists, and pages; evaluating and recommending application software packages, application integration and testing tools; providing technical leadership to other consultants and potentially gain supervisory responsibilities over time; and other duties as assigned.

In addition to excellent communications skills and the ability to function in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will have experience with Microsoft SQL Server Database SSAS, SSIS and SSRS; proven knowledge and experience with Agile Methodologies, enterprise integration and software development patterns; and proficiency in C#, SharePoint 2010/2013, .NET Framework and SharePoint Object Model. Knowledge in jQuery and KnockoutJS is preferred.

Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in computer science or similar discipline; 5+ years of technical design and documentation (both technical and end user focused); and 5+ years of experience in defining SharePoint farm architecture, including infrastructure, service applications and farm maintenance.

Application Instructions: Please submit (1) a current resume and (2) at least two letters of recommendation to careers@stowers.org or to Administration Department, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.


Research Specialist

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The Zeitlinger lab at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an immediate opening for a research specialist to work on the development of a high-resolution ChIP-seq technique that can be applied to sparse cell types. Such technique will allow the precise mapping of transcription factor binding sites in cells that are relatively hard to obtain in high numbers.

The project builds on a recent lab publication: “ChIP-nexus enables improved detection of in vivo transcription factor binding footprints” Nature Biotechnology 33, 395–401 (2015).

Qualified candidates will have evidence of a strong background in experimental techniques in transcription or genomics with a degree in biology or a related discipline.  Experience in chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and genomic data analysis (UNIX, R) is desirable but not a requirement.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a cover letter that includes a short summary of interests, a CV, and the contact information of 2-3 professional references to Julia Zeitlinger at jbz@stowers.org or to careers@stowers.org.


Web Developer I

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Web Developer I who will work as part of the team responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining the look, layout, and features of external websites.  Working closely with other groups and programming teams, the individual in this position will be responsible for transforming creative concepts into working websites and interfaces using primarily HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Primary responsibilities include creating accessible, standards-compliant HTML5 websites using CSS, PHP, JavaScript, AngularJS, and web tool APIs, in accordance with best practices and procedures; interviewing website stakeholders and users to accurately assess requirements, and convert UX requirements into high quality HTML/JS/CSS; providing user support to individuals who possess a broad range of technical abilities; managing web content including graphics and multimedia and ensuring that site content is kept up to date; troubleshooting issues and identifying and implementing solutions; and providing back-up support for essential services of the Science Communications web team.

In addition to outstanding communication skills and the ability to effectively multi-task in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will have strong visual design and front-end development skills to create web interfaces and graphics and a comprehensive understanding of responsive web design.

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related area, at least two years’ experience in the design and maintenance of dynamic web solutions using content management systems, and fluency in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Adobe Creative Suite.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to careers@stowers.org or to Administration Department, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.