Current Openings

Application Programmer

The Stowers Institute has an opening for an Application Programmer who will work as part of the Application Development team.

Primary job responsibilities include designing and developing within a custom Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) using test driven development and continuous integration principles; development and maintenance of applications for storing, tracking, and visualizing laboratory orders and data; implementing fixes and improvements based on end-user requests; and working with the development team using agile/scrum methodologies to develop and deliver software.

In addition to outstanding communication skills, strong problem-solving ability, and excellent time management skills, the successful candidate will have experience with object oriented PHP7, Javascript; experience with PHP and Javascript MVC frameworks; relational database design and development (MySQL, etc.); and working knowledge of HTML5/CSS.

Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in computer science or closely related field or equivalent experience. Knowledge and experience with Symfony, Doctrine ORM, ExtJS, PHPUnit, and/or Atlassian products (Jira, Bitbucket, Bamboo, Confluence) would be beneficial, but not required.

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

Laboratory Assistant

The Screening facility has an 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.

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; maintaining mammalian cell culture lines; 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.

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 as well as prior experience with good laboratory practice and appropriate aseptic technique

Minimum requirements include a high school diploma and some college coursework. The candidate should have a general science background with emphasis on biology, chemistry, and other related sciences. Candidates currently pursuing or have graduated with their degree in a science-related discipline are encouraged to apply.

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

Laboratory Technician (Media Prep)

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Laboratory Technician in our Media Preparation core facility.

Responsibilities include preparing reagents and media (yeast, microbiological) to standard specifications including pH, osmolality and antibiotic concentrations; modifying existing protocols to meet researchers’ requirements as needed; preparing and maintaining stock solutions for the media vending system; participating in the scheduling and delivery of finished products.

Additional responsibilities include troubleshooting new media formulations in cooperation with researchers; performing quality control checks on new raw materials; setting up and maintaining equipment and instruments; utilizing the LIMS system to organize, track and bill orders; assisting in the writing and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures; ordering raw materials and maintaining inventory; and assisting with other duties as required.

The successful candidate will have mastered a broad spectrum of basic laboratory techniques in general wet bench lab work and have excellent sterile technique; the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, as well as exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelors degree in Chemistry, Microbiology or similar life sciences, with at least one year of related experience.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a current resume, transcripts, 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 (Developmental Neurobiology and Neural Circuit Studies)

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to address developmental neurobiology and neural circuit studies. The chosen candidate will participate in research in one or more of the following areas: the molecular mechanism of neural circuit specification, the development and plasticity of neural circuitry, and mapping of neural circuitry involved in specific behaviors. The lab employs a combination of methodologies including molecular genetics, single cell sequencing, fluorescent whole-brain imaging, optogenetic, chemicogenetic and behavioral techniques. More details, including selected publications, can be found at /labs/yulab.asp.

The candidate will enjoy intramural research support from the Stowers Institute with strong support from core facilities that provide advice, training and service to enhance the Institute's interdisciplinary and collaborative research programs. Current core facilities are staffed by over 100 scientists with expertise in bioinformatics, cytometry, histology, imaging, microarray, next generation sequencing, transgenic and ES cell technologies, proteomics and molecular biology. The Stowers Institute offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits package.

Minimum requirements include a doctoral degree in the life sciences, chemistry, or biomedical engineering. Experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable but not required: molecular biology, developmental neuroscience, genetics, immunology, electrophysiology, and imaging.

In addition to excellent verbal and written communication skills, successful candidates must be highly motivated, work independently and creatively, committed to a scientific career, ability to work in a team-oriented environment, and proficient at problem solving.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit (1) a brief cover letter, (2) a current CV, and (3) 2 letters of professional reference to Dr. Ron Yu at yulab@stowers.org cc: careers@stowers.org.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Regulatory Genomics)

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the lab of Dr. Julia Zeitlinger to study how regulatory DNA sequence controls gene expression programs during embryonic development and in adult tissues (visit http://research.stowers.org/zeitlingerlab/ for more information). To do this, the lab develops cutting-edge genomics techniques, including high-resolution ChIP-seq and ATAC-seq technology, and applies it to long-standing questions in transcription and development using Drosophila, mouse or cultured cells as model system.

Ideal candidates will be highly motivated, innovative and creative individuals able to push and leverage new technology to develop new research directions reflecting their own interests within the field of regulatory genomics. Current topics of special interest are enhancer “grammar”, enhancer repression and activation by signal transduction pathways, nucleosome dynamics at enhancers and promoters, as well as the dynamic in vivo behavior of RNA polymerase II. The lab and the research community at the Stowers Institute, which includes technology centers and core facilities, provide a collegial and highly supportive environment to help implement innovative research directions and technologies.

Minimum requirements include a doctoral degree in biology, computer science, or a related field, with demonstrated experience in transcription, genomics, developmental biology or computational biology. The ability to communicate effectively and work both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented interdisciplinary environment is essential for this role. Experience in programming, math and data analysis is especially welcome.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit (1) a statement of research interests and experience, (2) a current CV, and (3) the contact information of 2-3 professional references to Dr. Julia Zeitlinger: jbz@stowers.org cc: careers@stowers.org.

Programmer Analyst

The Stowers Institute has an opening for a Programmer Analyst to assist Computational Biology core with programming tasks and data analysis.

The programmer analyst will develop and support Next-generation sequencing informatics processes, maintain and optimize the current NGS primary and secondary  analysis pipeline,  and provide bioinformatics support to research projects by using computational tools to process, transform, visualize, and analyze datasets primarily derived from high-throughput sequencing.  The individual will also involve scientific software support.
 
Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or a related discipline. Individuals with a Master's degree in computer science with a bioinformatics concentration or a Master's degree in bioinformatics with solid computer programming skills are encouraged to apply. We require proficiency with at least one scripting language (Perl, Python, or Ruby) as well as experience working in a Unix/Linux environment. Experiences in cluster computing (i.e. Sun Grid Engine) and R/Bioconductor are desired but not essential.
 
In addition to outstanding communication and organization skills, the successful candidate will have strong problem-solving abilities, good time management skills, and the ability to multi-task in a team-oriented 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.

Research Specialist

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Specialist to work on the development and automation of ChIP-seq technology using fluid handling robots in order to map regulatory information at a large-scale. The project builds on the lab’s publication: “ChIP-nexus enables improved detection of in vivo transcription factor binding footprints” Nature Biotechnology 33, 395–401 (2015).

Responsibilities include developing and trouble-shooting protocols using molecular biology, biochemistry, and genomics techniques, performing data analysis, scientific writing and presentation, and assisting with large-scale data generation projects.

In addition to outstanding communication skills and the ability to multi-task in a team-oriented and multi-cultural environment, the successful candidate will have prior experience in protocol development or robotic automation, excellent organization skills, and a highly developed level of attention to detail. Successful candidates should also have the ability to lead a project both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.

Minimum requirements include a masters or doctorate degree in biology, chemistry, engineering or a related field and a background in molecular biology and genomics. Experience in genomic data analysis (UNIX, R) is a plus.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit  (1) a statement of interest,  (2) a CV, (3) transcripts, and (4) 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.

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