Current Openings

 

 

Application materials may be submitted to careers@stowers.org


Building & Grounds Assistant

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Buildings and Grounds Assistant to join the team with responsibility for maintaining the highest standard of cleanliness for the Institute's buildings and grounds.

Responsibilities include arranging rooms for meetings and seminars and moving furniture, equipment, or supplies as necessary; working in all animal facilities to ensure that the spaces are clean and well maintained and compliant with current regulatory specifications; cleaning, sweeping, dusting, polishing, waxing, shampooing, and vacuuming all surfaces as appropriate; cleaning lavatories and emptying trash receptacles; restocking towels/napkins etc.; walking assigned areas (inside and outside) and picking up and maintaining to ensure Institute standards.

Position Requirements: The ideal candidate will have knowledge of cleaning methods and materials; ability to perform moderately heavy physical labor to include scrubbing, polishing, washing, and waxing; be proficient in the use of basic cleaning techniques; ability to bend, stoop, climb, reach, and squat; and the ability to read, write, and follow directions.

Minimum requirements include a high school diploma or GED, and at least three years of general cleaning or maintenance experience.

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


General Maintenance Engineer

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The Stowers Institute has an opening for a General Maintenance Engineer to maintain and keep mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems operational at all times.

Responsibilities include general mechanical repairs such as greasing motors; replacing air handler filters, belts, and pumps; electrical repairs which could include replacing lamps and ballasts, defective switches and outlets; repairing plumbing including leaks and clearing of drain lines and toilets; maintaining and/or repairing boilers, chillers and other a/c equipment, testing water treatment levels and adding appropriate chemicals, or blowing down and testing safety valves on boilers; cleaning of mechanical areas such as the boiler room, maintenance shop, and mechanical areas to include painting of piping and equipment; and utilizing the Johnson Controls Metasys building automation system to monitor and control the Institute's mechanical and electrical systems.

The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to effectively work independently and in a team-oriented environment, an excellent work history to reflect reliability and attention to detail, and a good working knowledge of equipment repair and maintenance.

Minimum requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent and a Missouri class "A" Operating Engineers License. Knowledge of Johnson Controls Metasys system is preferred.

Applicant Instructions: To be considered for this position, please submit (1) a current resume, (2) proof of applicable licensure, and (3) at least two letters of recommendation from previous employers to careers@stowers.org or to Administration, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.


Laboratory Animal Technician

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Laboratory Animal Technician to assist in maintaining and monitoring animal husbandry, health, production, and the physical surroundings in various animal care environments. This is a temporary position that may not exceed six months.

Responsibilities include maintaining and monitoring animal husbandry, animal health, animal production, and physical well-being to include cage changing as required, assisting with restraint, handling, and manipulation of various animal species, disposal of hazardous chemicals and materials; ensuring adequate supply levels in animal holding rooms per current stock list; unloading autoclaves and VHP room as needed; maintaining accurate recordkeeping; complying with all standard operating procedures and quality assurance standards; and adhering to established protocols.

Minimum requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent.  Preference will be given to those with prior animal caretaking experience, and/or AALAS certification at the assistant technician level. 

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


Laboratory Animal Technician (Reptiles & Aquatics)

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a part-time Laboratory Technician in the Reptile & Aquatics Facility working with a variety of lizard and fish species. Primary duties include providing routine care and husbandry including feeding, water exchanges, cage cleaning, and health monitoring. Other duties include developing and modifying animal care policies, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and practices which promote high quality, cost effective operation of the facility; interacting with faculty, staff, and other teams to provide high quality, responsive animal care services; monitoring supply and equipment inventory to sustain day-to-day operations; maintaining accurate records including: room logs, health reports, animal census, and other records as required; and preparing for regulatory inspections. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, have excellent communication and organizational skills, and the ability to work closely with other team members. Prior experience with animals is preferred.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in any of the life sciences (e.g., animal science, biology, microbiology, aquaculture). Basic computer skills and a working knowledge of computer programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word are required. Weekend and Holiday work will be required.

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


Laboratory Assistant (Screening)

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has a current opening for a part-time Laboratory Assistant to perform molecular biology tasks, assist team members during large-scale library productions using robotic equipment, and to perform general laboratory maintenance in the Screening core facility.

Responsibilities include autoclaving, stocking consumables and cleaning/organizing the laboratory; performing molecular biology tasks to include DNA plasmid preps (mini, midi, and maxi), PCR of plasmids and bacteria, running agarose gels, assisting with cloning experiments, and streaking bacterial plates for single colonies; assisting team members with large library productions to include de-lidding, barcoding, sorting, and sealing plates and placing racks of plates into freezer; and assisting team members with assay development and screens.

Position Requirements: In addition to excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will demonstrate excellent organization skills, a high level of attention to detail, the ability to multitask, and proficiency with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

Minimum requirements include current enrollment in an undergraduate program in biology, microbiology, biochemistry or a related field, and prior experience with good laboratory practice and appropriate aseptic technique.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit (1) a current CV, (2) official transcripts, and (3) at least two letters of recommendation to careers@stowers.org or to Administration, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.


Laboratory Manager

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening a Laboratory Manager to assist with scientific experiments and organization, maintenance, and compliance duties in a scientific laboratory.

Responsibilities include performing experiments using a variety of techniques and model organisms as are relevant to lab scope and need; organizing laboratory resource and maintaining laboratory supplies and equipment including making orders for lab equipment and providing justification for purchases; interacting with lab representatives and/or representatives of collaborative groups; drafting and updating protocol or SOPs; performing laboratory safety compliance checks; assisting in other elements of laboratory management as requested by supervisor

Minimum requirements include a B.S. in Biology or a related field. Those possessing an M.S. or Ph.D. in Biology or a related field are also encouraged to apply. 

Application Instructions: To be considered for the position, please submit (1) a statement of interest, (2) a resume, (3) undergraduate/graduate transcripts and (4) at least two letters of recommendation to careers@stowers.org.


Laboratory Technician (Reptiles & Aquatics)

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a full-time Laboratory Technician in the Reptile & Aquatics Facility working with a variety of lizard and fish species. Primary duties include providing routine care and husbandry including feeding, water exchanges, cage cleaning, and health monitoring. Other duties include developing and modifying animal care policies, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and practices which promote high quality, cost effective operation of the facility; interacting with faculty, staff, and other teams to provide high quality, responsive animal care services; monitoring supply and equipment inventory to sustain day-to-day operations; maintaining accurate records including: room logs, health reports, animal census, and other records as required; and preparing for regulatory inspections. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, have excellent communication and organizational skills, and the ability to work closely with other team members. Prior experience with animals is preferred.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in any of the life sciences (e.g., animal science, biology, microbiology, aquaculture). Basic computer skills and a working knowledge of computer programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word are required. In addition, the candidate will be required to become ALAT certified through AALAS. Weekend and Holiday work will be required.

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


Maintenance Helper

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The Stowers Institute has a position available for a maintenance helper. This position will provide assistance to the maintenance team members performing renovations, repairs, or mechanical preventative maintenance work and other building and grounds services. Major responsibilities include: assist maintenance engineers, yard crew, and carpenters, replace light bulbs, change air filters, assist with snow removal, and planting/mulching/mowing in the summer months. Clean mechanical areas. Assist Technical Services team with equipment relocation. Other duties as assigned. A minimum high school diploma or GED is required. Prior experience or training in the building trades including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and/or automotive engineering is preferred.

A minimum high school diploma or GED is required. Prior experience or training in the building trades including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and/or automotive engineering is preferred.

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


Postdoctoral Research Associates

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The Bazzini lab at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research has two openings for postdoctoral researchers to address fundamental questions in biology related to how genes are regulated and how that regulation controls vertebrate development.

The lab is particularly interested in unraveling: how translation can affect mRNA stability (codon optimality); how mRNA translation is regulated during development by molecular factors such Long Non-coding RNAs and RNA binding proteins (Bazzini et al, Science, 2012); and identifying the biological role of small translated ORFs in vertebrates (Bazzini et al, EMBO, 2014).

Candidates will be using zebrafish embryos and human cells, performing genome-wide gene expression analyses at mRNA (RNA-sequencing) and translational levels (ribosome profiling). CRISPR-Cas9 system will be intensively used for genome editing as well as multiple molecular biology techniques.

One of the positions will demand stronger knowledge of computational biology, including command of UNIX and R or other programming languages. Experience in handling large-scale sequence data would be ideal. Candidates should be interested in gene regulatory networks, evolution or genomics.

Another position will require a strong molecular biology background. Experience in data analysis (UNIX, R) or high-throughput screening is desirable but not a requirement. Candidates should be interested in RNA biology, gene discovery function or development.

Candidates MUST have the ability to work in a team-oriented environment.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a cover letter (less than a page) that includes a short summary of interests, a CV (3 pages max), and the contact information of 3 professional references to Dr. Ariel Bazzini

Applications will be reviewed until positions are filled.  The positions are available from October 1, 2016. 

 


Research Laboratory Coordinator

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research currently has an opening for a Research Laboratory Coordinator to facilitate experiments in a research-intensive environment and assist with a wide variety of business and scientific activities associated with day-to-day laboratory operations.

Primary responsibilities include development of new techniques and research procedures for conducting experiments; troubleshooting experiments to avoid delays; providing training to lab personnel to assure high quality and timely lab results; assisting in the instruction of students in research techniques, methods, and literature review; conducting lab orientation for new members;  developing, administering, monitoring, and coordinating the laboratory budget and maintaining records of lab expenditures; and assisting with preparation and writing of scientific papers and grant proposals.

In addition to excellent communications skills and the ability to function in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will have experience working in a basic research laboratory environment and a willingness to participate in seminars and workshops to stay abreast of the professional skills necessary to perform the duties of the position and stay informed on latest developments in the area of research.

This position requires an individual with rigorous scientific research experience, demonstrated scientific writing and editing skills, strong attention to detail, and excellent organizational and management skills.  

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

 


Research Specialist/Bioinformatician

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The Stowers Institute has an opening for a Research Specialist/Bioinformatician to support the computational biology needs of the Zeitlinger lab. The lab uses high-throughput sequencing assays to decode genome information and understand the mechanisms by which this information is read by the cell.

Primary duties include: Processing and managing high-throughput sequencing data (e.g. ChIP-seq, RNA-seq), creating customized computational scripts to transform, visualize, and analyze large biological data sets, and working as part of a research team to develop new experimental approaches, test biological hypotheses and bring the results to publication.

The ideal candidate is fluent in Unix and R, has a background in biology, and strong analytical and problem solving skills. Familiarity with statistical methods and machine learning is a bonus.

The minimum requirements are a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in molecular biology, computational sciences, or a related field, or an undergraduate degree in one of these fields with two years of working experience in a related field.

Application Instructions: To apply, send resume, transcripts, and statement of interest to careers@stowers.org and jbz@stowers.org


Research Technician

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Technician to conduct research on protein self-assembly using genetic, biochemical and cell-biological approaches.

Responsibilities include DNA subcloning and plasmid preparation, amplification of DNA by PCR’s, handling and transformation of yeast cells, and protein fractionation and immunodetection.

In addition to excellent writing and communication skills and the ability to function in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will have experience in basic molecular biology and microbiology methods. Knowledge of protein manipulation and purification is desirable. Experience with maintenance/transformation of eukaryotic cultured cells is advantageous.

Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in biology, biochemistry, cell biology, or a related field, and prior relevant laboratory experience.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit (1) a current CV, (2) official college transcripts, and (3) at least two letters of recommendation from college professors and/or previous supervisors to careers@stowers.org or to Administration, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110


Research Technician (Molecular Biology)

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The Stowers Institute has an opening for a Research Technician I to perform molecular biology tasks in a core facility. 

Primary responsibilities include following standard operating procedures (SOPs) to setup DNA sequencing and genotyping reactions, processing reactions on the ABI 3730xl DNA sequencers, purifying reactions, plasmid constructs using Biomek FX liquid handling robots, maintaining all instruments in good working condition, updating spreadsheets and databases and analyzing data.

In addition to outstanding oral and written communication skills and the ability to work independently in a fast paced, team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will have excellent computer skills.

Position Requirements: Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in biology, molecular biology, or a related field. Experience performing basic molecular biology laboratory tasks such as PCR, gel electrophoresis, and DNA sequencing is highly preferred.

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


Research Technician (Laboratory Animal Services)

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Technician to support Laboratory Animal Services in maintaining and monitoring animal husbandry, health, production, and the physical surroundings within various animal care environments.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, adjusting core colony production levels according to research needs; coordinating animal delivery requests to maintain accurate and timely receipt of orders; maintaining colonies and appropriate line genotypes; and training new team members.

Other duties include monitoring and recording daily animal health and production; performing all methods of blood collection, tissue collection, and injections with accuracy; setting up animals for timed matings; maintaining breeding colonies according to team standards; and assisting with restraint, handling and manipulation of various species within a controlled environment. In addition to outstanding written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work in a team oriented environment; this position requires the physical capacity to frequently lift and move 100 pounds; weekend shifts required and some holidays; and the ability to use scientific equipment and computers.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent. The preferred candidate will have AALAS certification and/or experience in animal handling, husbandry, and production.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit (1) a current CV, (2) a college transcript or evidence of coursework, and (3) at least two letters of recommendation from college professors and/or previous supervisors to careers@stowers.org or to Administration, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.


Research Technician (Screening)

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Technician in the Screening core facility to perform large scale genomic screens for production of library collection sets.

Responsibilities include generation of genomic (cDNA and RNAi) library collection sets and curation of genomic libraries; utilization and maintenance of robotics to perform large scale genomic screening including programming in standard and scheduling software, quality control of assay specific and production programs, cell staining protocols, and SOPs for cleaning and functionality; conducting assay development, miniaturization, automation, and quality control for projects prior to screening the genomic platforms; screening of genomic platforms in mammalian and non-mammalian systems, as well as compound screening of biochemical and cell based assays; and production of hitpick plates followed by validation and counterscreens.

In addition to excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will have an exceptional attention to detail, robotic experience with one or more robotic systems, programming and troubleshooting of robotic instrumentation, biological readouts in microtiter formats, and proficiency with Microsoft Excel and graphing software.

Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in biology, microbiology, biochemistry or a related field with at least 5 to 7 years of related laboratory experience, or a Master’s degree in biology, microbiology, biochemistry or a related field with 2 to 3 years of related laboratory experience. Additional preferred skills include experience with assay development and screening in microtiter format; tissue culture and transfection of mammalian or non-mammalian cells; prior experience with PCR, restriction enzyme cloning, and other molecular biology techniques; a basic background in transcription, signal transduction, or cell biology; experience with cell-based reporter assay systems or screening small molecules; experience in high content imaging; and bioinformatics or information management experience.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit (1) a current CV, (2) a college transcript or evidence of coursework, and (3) at least two letters of recommendation from college professors and/or previous supervisors to careers@stowers.org or to Administration, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.