Current Openings

Administrative Assistant / Senior Administrative Assistant

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for an individual with basic science interests and knowledge to fill an administrative support role in a scientific research laboratory.

Primary responsibilities include performing a variety of administrative duties associated with the activities of a busy research laboratory environment such as purchasing, accounting, calendar management, project tracking, editing scientific papers, and other duties as assigned.

In addition to outstanding communication skills and the ability to effectively multi-task in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate should have advanced experience using various office software (MS Office, iCloud etc.); excellent English writing and editing; and skills in accounting software.

Minimum requirements include at least three years of experience providing administrative support in a rigorous office environment providing progressively responsible administrative support.

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

Animal Technician

The Stowers Institute is currently seeking an Animal Technician who will work part-time in the Aquatics Facility.

Responsibilities include care of zebrafish involving: preparing diets, feeding and health monitoring, cleaning and disinfection of rooms and equipment, water quality monitoring, record keeping, and assisting facility members in daily duties.

Applicants should be working toward a university degree in science and have an interest in laboratory animal science.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, have excellent communication and organizational skills, and the ability to work closely with other team members. Prior aquatics experience is preferred. 

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.

Communications Specialist

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for an individual with excellent communication skills and basic science interests and knowledge to fill a communications specialist role.

The candidate will drive engagement by managing digital content via social media, web, and mobile technologies as well as provide full-time support to team members in the Science Communications team and assist with a variety of related services and activities.

Primary responsibilities include acting as ambassador for the Science Communications team; Identifying, coordinating and sharing content on social media platforms; assisting in the creation of digital assets; monitoring daily activities of social media accounts and responding as necessary; facilitating photo and video shoots; coordinating media monitoring and producing periodic reports; providing support in issuing press releases and generating newsletters; managing team internal intranet pages; managing contact databases and mailing resources; coordinating meetings, workshops and other events; arranging travel, purchasing supplies, and processing invoices and expense reports; and other duties as needed.

In addition to the ability to thrive in a creative and collaborative environment and a willingness to meet emerging challenges of an evolving communications landscape, the successful candidate should have experience using various office, multimedia, and web editing software; excellent English writing and editing skills with experience in composition and proofreading; and knowledge of social media platforms and industry best practices.

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in communications, English, biology or related field, plus one year of communications or administrative support experience or at least three years of progressively responsible experience providing communications or administrative support.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit (1) a current resume, (2) cover letter and (3) 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.

Grants Development Specialist

The Stowers Institute has an opening for a Grants Development Specialist to perform daily development and administrative activities of research grants and fellowships.

Responsibilities include participating in all pre-award aspects of grants development and administration, including researching potential funding opportunities, monitoring changes in agency guidelines and policies, and developing application budgets; reviewing potential sponsors, proposal preparation and review; ensuring compliance with all regulatory and submission requirements; maintain internal grants resources website, coordinating grants office events; and assisting with incoming and outgoing grant transfers.

In addition to strong interpersonal, communication, customer service, and organizational skills, the successful candidate will demonstrate proficiency in English composition and familiarity with Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with SharePoint and Adobe suite is a plus.

The minimum requirements include 3 years progressively responsible grants administration or general administrative support experience (accounting/bookkeeping, office management, purchasing, composing correspondence) or an undergraduate degree and 1 year of administrative support experience.

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

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has a Postdoctoral Research Associate position available to study glaucoma, a devastating retinal degenerative disease without effective treatments, and its causes.

A postdoctoral researcher interested in this area will use mice as a model to study glaucoma pathogenesis at the molecular level. In addition, the researcher will also study the molecular mechanisms underlying adult stem cell self-renewal and differentiation. Finally, the candidate will also have a unique opportunity to investigate the potential of using stem cells to treat retinal degenerative diseases. The researcher will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project and learn techniques such as genetics and genomics, protein purification, robotics techniques, electron microscopy and high throughput sequencing, microarrays, proteomics, histology, FACS 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 in a team-oriented environment and proficient at problem solving. Minimum requirements include a recent Ph.D. degree with a strong background in cell biology, genetics, biochemistry and/or molecular biology. Research experience with mice and vision research is preferred. For more information please visit the lab website http://www.stowers.org/faculty/xie-lab

 

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit (1) a current resume; (2) 2 letters of recommendation; (3) copies of most recent 2 or 3 publications; (4) brief statement of research interests to Ting Xie: tgx@stowers.org cc: careers@stowers.org or to Administration Department, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.

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 Scientist (Cytometry)

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Scientist to support the mission of the Cytometry Facility. The Research Scientist will collaborate with team members and with Institute scientists on Investigator originated projects

Responsibilities include following and improving existing standard operating procedures for isolating target cell populations from any number of the Institute’s model organisms and using cytometric tools to further characterize and purify target cells; occasionally developing new protocols and discovering novel but appropriate ways to integrate cytometric tools into research; actively participating in facility services; analyzing and presenting data in a manner suitable for collaborative scientific research; and other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will have experience in a research laboratory setting; excellent organization and communication skills; attention to detail; and the ability to work in a team oriented environment.

Applicants must have Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent from an accredited institution; an advanced degree and at least five to seven years of experience; and an excellent publication record.

Application Instructions: To be considered for a research position, please submit (1) a current resume, (2) an official undergraduate/graduate transcript, and (3) 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 Technician

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a full-time Research Technician to perform basic research. Primary responsibilities include RNA isolation, tissue isolation, animal handling, tissue culture and immunostaining of cells. Additional responsibilities include biochemical procedures involving protein-protein interactions, and/or confocal microscopy.

The successful candidate will be familiar with current molecular methods including DNA preparation, PCR amplification, restriction digests, basic DNA cloning and sterile techniques for cell culture. Experience in microscopy, tissue culture methods and/or protein purification is beneficial.

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 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 (Screening)

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Technician in the Screening core facility to perform tasks and experimentation to aid in building reagents for assays used in large scale genomic and compound screens.

Responsibilities include routine maintenance of tissue culture cells and transfection of cultured cells in microtiter formats; immunohistochemistry on cultured cells; molecular biology task including PCR, bacterial colony picking, propagation and plasmid DNA preparation; cloning of plasmid DNA; programming, QC and maintenance of simple automated instrumentation; biochemical assays in microtiter plates; and general lab maintenance and inventory.

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, the ability to multitask, and a curiosity for understanding biology and biological processes.

Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in biology, microbiology, biochemistry or a related field with at least 1 to 3 years of related laboratory experience, or a Master’s degree in biology, microbiology, biochemistry or a related field with 1 year 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, plasmid DNA 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; robotic experience with one or more robotic systems, programming and troubleshooting of robotic instrumentation, biological readouts in microtiter formats, and bioinformatics or information management experience. 

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

Research Technician (Screening)

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Technician in the Screening core facility to perform high throughput and bulk production of lentivirus and adenovirus as well as perform cell-based viral-mediated screens.

Responsibilities include cloning cDNA, Cas9 and CRISPR guides into lentiviral and adenoviral vectors; high-throughput production of lentivirus and curation of viral libraries; optimization of viral production, viral titration, and MOI transduction of mammalian cells; utilization of robotic platforms for viral production, transduction of cells for screening and hitpicking for validation and counterscreens; generation of high titer bulk virus; and screening of stable mammalian cell lines transduced with virus.

In addition to excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will have an attention to detail, experience with tissue culture and transfection or transduction of mammalian or non-mammalian cells; prior experience with PCR, cloning, and other molecular biology techniques; and experience with lentiviral and/or adenoviral production.

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 robotic experience with one or more robotic systems, programming and troubleshooting of robotic instrumentation, biological readouts in microtiter formats, assay development and screening in microtiter format, CRISPR assay development and screening; experience with cell-based reporter assay systems or screening small molecules; experience in high content imaging; bioinformatics experience; and proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Prism and Spotfire software.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a current resume or cv, 2 letters of recommendation, and transcripts 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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