Current Openings

Accounting Specialist

The Stowers Institute has an opening for an Accounting Specialist.  This person will perform a variety of accounting processing functions, including payroll and expense reports for 500+ employees in a multiple company environment.

In addition to processing payroll and expense reports, responsibilities include a variety of accounting support functions related to accounts payable, billings and receivables, general account analysis and reconciliations, data entry, production of statements and reports, and other bookkeeping activities. 

In addition to outstanding communication skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will have prior experience processing payroll, an understanding of basic accounting principles, and have superior computer skills including Excel proficiency and experience working with ERP platforms.

Minimum requirements include an associate degree in accounting or a related field and/or at least four years of related experience in an accounting department.  CPP certification or experience with foreign national payroll taxation is a plus.

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

Cell Culture Technician

The Stowers Institute has an opening for a Cell Culture Technician.  This position will include weekend work.

Responsibilities include maintaining mammalian and insect cell lines; expanding cell lines to meet researchers requirements; cultivating cells on plates or in flasks, and in roller bottles and/or spinner flasks for larger-scale (10-100 liter) cultures; Participating in the scheduling and delivery of all cell lines as requested; preparing and maintaining cell bank and managing storage database as required; quality control assays such as freeze test, sterility test, serum and mycoplasma testing, and others as needed; evaluating newly introduced cell lines for mycoplasma, bacterial, mold and other contamination, and for release from quarantine as needed; conducting routine and specialized assays as needed; preparing media, nutrient feeds, buffers, and reagents for cell culture and analytical work.  Performing daily duties with minimal supervision.

Additional responsibilities include set up and maintenance of equipment and instruments; keeping accurate record of observations in LIMS database and/or laboratory notebooks; maintaining a clean and organized work area; ordering raw materials; maintaining inventory; assisting in the writing and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures; and performing daily duties with minimal supervision.

The successful candidate will have mastered a broad spectrum of basic and advanced laboratory techniques in Molecular and Cell Biology and will have excellent sterile technique, outstanding oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in life sciences or equivalent, 3+ years practical experience, and demonstrated working knowledge of cell culture, cell biology, and related techniques.

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

Laboratory Technician - Aquatics

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a full-time Laboratory Technician in the Aquatics Facility. Primary duties include:  providing routine care and husbandry of multiple aquatic species including feeding, water exchanges, tank cleaning, and health monitoring; 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 all 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 aquatic animals and a basic understanding of system maintenance relating to recirculating aquaculture systems 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 a current resume and cover letter to careers@stowers.org or to Administration Department, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.

Maintenance Helper

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Maintenance Helper to perform basic mechanical, electrical, and plumbing functions. This individual will work along side general maintenance engineers learning the trade with the future expectation of earning a Class A Operating Engineers license.

Responsibilities include assisting general maintenance engineers with performing renovations, repairs, grounds maintenance, or mechanical preventative maintenance work. The chosen candidate will assist with troubleshooting mechanical, electrical and plumbing concerns as well as replacing motors, seals, bearings, heat valves, electrical components, light bulbs, etc.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, have excellent communication skills, the ability to work in a team-oriented environment, good mechanical and technical aptitude, and the ability to exercise good judgement.

Minimum requirements include a high school diploma or GED and a current valid driver’s license. Those with prior experience or training in the building trades including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and automotive engineering are highly 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

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 (Evolutionary Genetics)

The Rohner Lab at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to develop an independent project investigating the molecular, genetic, and developmental mechanisms of how cavefish maintain health under diabetes-like phenotypes. The lab has previously found that the cavefish Astyanax mexicanus develop high-blood sugar and insulin resistance as part of their natural strategy to survive in the caves but without the usually associated health problems (Riddle et al. Nature. 2018 Mar 29;555(7698):647-651). Visit http://research.stowers.org/rohnerlab/ for more information.

The selected candidate will investigate the molecular mechanism underlying these impressive adaptations. The candidate will closely work with the core facilities at the institute to perform single-cell RNA sequencing, proteomics, and functional validation in vitro and in vivo. The candidate will receive strong support from the 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.

The position is funded for two years through a grant by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and can be renewed for up to five years in order to allow enough time to develop a research program/publication record that makes the postdoc a strong candidate for an independent position. The Rohner Lab has a strong commitment for mutual success and is dedicated to providing support for all lab members.

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: molecular biology, developmental biology, genetics, genomics, evodevo, physiology.

In addition to excellent verbal and written communication skills, successful candidates must be dynamic and highly motivated, work independently and creatively, able 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) contact information for two professional references to Dr. Nicolas Rohner at nro@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.

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.

Research Technician

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Technician to join the Halfmann lab (http://research.stowers.org/halfmannlab/). The lab seeks to understand a fundamental feature of complex life: the storage and release of energy through protein supersaturation in cells. The chosen candidate will contribute to the lab’s goals by conducting research on protein self-assembly using genetic, biochemical and cytological approaches.

Responsibilities include DNA subcloning and plasmid preparation, amplification of DNA by PCR’s, handling and transformation of yeast and bacteria, human cell culture passaging and transfections, 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 methods. Experience with maintenance/transformation of eukaryotic cultured cells is advantageous. Attention to detail, fastidiousness, and the ability to multitask effectively are particularly valued.

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 a current CV and cover letter to careers@stowers.org or to Administration Department, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110

Research Technician

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Technician to join the Gibson lab (http://research.stowers.org/gibsonlab/index.html). The chosen candidate will contribute to the lab’s goals by conducting research in the area of animal developmental cell biology.

Primary responsibilities include general lab organization, invertebrate animal husbandry, reagent preparation, basic molecular biology tasks and general experimental assistance.

In addition to outstanding oral and written communication skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will have experience in basic microscopy and molecular biology methods, including isolation of DNA and RNA as well as PCR.

Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in biology, or other related life sciences, and some prior relevant laboratory experience.

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

Research Technician

The Stowers Institute has an opening for a Research Technician in the Molecular Biology Core facility to support the Genome Engineering Group. 

Responsibilities include performing PCR, gel-electrophoresis, DNA purification and quantification, fragment-assembly cloning, bacterial transformations, clone isolation, and some cell culture tasks; use of Excel and online tools to track project information; use sequence analysis software to design, annotate, and analyze data. 

The successful candidate will have excellent organizational skills, pay attention to details, good communication skills, a good aseptic technique and be motivated to work independently while still working together as a team.

Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in biology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, or genetics, and prior experience in a laboratory setting.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a current CV 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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