Current Openings

Histology Specialist

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Histology Specialist to provide high-quality research histology services to scientific laboratories as needed.

Primary responsibilities include preparing samples including sample receipt, fixation, processing, embedding, slide preparation, microtomy and staining; operating and maintaining histology prep and ancillary equipment; adhering to all lab safety protocols and hazardous waste recycling procedures.

In addition to excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently, the successful candidate will be familiar with basic biology, anatomy and/or chemistry; excellent fine motor skills; and knowledge of general laboratory procedure.

Minimum requirements include an Associate’s Degree, HT (ASCP) or VMT certification, two years’ experience in Histology, and previous research 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.

Laboratory Animal Technician

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.

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, 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.

Laboratory Assistant

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Laboratory Assistant in the Yu Lab (/labs/yulab.asp.) The chosen candidate will assist the lab with organization, basic laboratory techniques, and performing other assigned tasks. Qualified candidates will participate in research projects assisting graduate students, postdoctoral research and senior scientists in performing experiments. The position offers the opportunity to participate in one or more of the following types of studies: molecular and cell biology, histology, data analyses, and/or developmental biology. 

The successful candidate will be self-motivated; have excellent written and verbal communication skills; and the ability to effectively work in a team-oriented and multicultural environment.

Minimum requirements include a high school diploma and some college coursework. The candidate should have a general science background with emphasis on chemistry, life science and other related sciences, or have a computer programming background. 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 and 2 letters of professional reference 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.

Legal Department-Senior Administrative Assistant

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for an individual to fill an administrative support role in the legal department.

Primary responsibilities include a variety of administrative duties supporting our general counsel such as calendar management, travel coordination, document creation and editing, Board and other meeting preparation, Software/Document management, upkeep of records/files, correspondence on behalf of General Counsel, maintaining confidentiality in all interactions, and other duties as assigned. In addition, this role requires significant involvement with both sustaining Legal Compliance efforts and Board/Committee support.

In addition to outstanding communication skills and the ability to multi-task in a team-oriented and multi-cultural environment, the successful candidate should have advanced experience using various office software applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and demonstrated excellence in English writing and editing.

Minimum requirements include either a degree in a relevant field (including but not limited to Paralegal Studies, Communications, Business, or English) OR at least three years of experience providing administrative support in a demanding office environment with progressive responsibilities. Experience as a paralegal or a current paralegal certificate is preferred.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit (1) a statement of interest, (2) a current resume, and (3) two letters of professional reference 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 Cell and Developmental Biology)

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to develop an independent project investigating the molecular, genetic and cell biological mechanisms underlying regeneration and development in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. The Gibson Lab has invested heavily in method development over several years; new postdocs will be able to exploit established gain- and loss-of function approaches to interrogate development, regeneration, single cell biology and growth control in this highly tractable cnidarian model organism. Specific research goals are flexible and can be fit to the interests of successful applicants. More details, including selected publications, can be found at https://www.stowers.org/faculty/gibson-lab

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 biology, genetics, genomics, cell biology, and imaging.

In addition to excellent verbal and written communication skills, successful candidates must be dynamic and highly motivated, work independently and creatively, 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. Matt Gibson at mg2@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.

Research Technician

The Stowers Institute has an opening for a Research Technician to conduct research in a molecular biology lab working with zebrafish and cavefish.

Primary responsibilities include organizing fish stocks, extracting DNA, setting up PCR and sequencing reactions, analyzing data, and assisting with other routine services such as plasmid purification, ordering, etc.

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

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 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.

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