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. Weekend hours are required. 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.

Application Programmer

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research currently 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.

Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in computer science or equivalent discipline; prior experience with Object Oriented PHP7, Javascript and any related frameworks, relational database design and development (My SQL, etc.), a working knowledge of HTML5/CSS, and excellent time management skills. Those with prior experience in Symfony, EXTJS and PHPUnit are highly encouraged to apply.

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.

Benefits Specialist

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Benefits Specialist who will perform and assist with duties necessary for the administration of all benefit and retirement programs, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, tax savings, employee assistance, short- and long-term disability, and retirement, 403(b) and 401(k) plans.

Responsibilities include processing and administrating leave requests and disability paperwork; effectively interpreting FMLA implications as they relate to leave of absences/disabilities; conducting benefit orientations; enrolling members and providing vendors with accurate eligibility information; ensuring the accuracy of all benefits enrollments in the HRIS; processing life status changes; responding to benefitsinquiries from members on plan provisions, benefits enrollments, status changes and other general inquiries; assistingwith annual benefits renewal and open enrollment; providing necessary reports for benefits billing; assisting with the development, coordinating and delivering of employee communications on benefit matters; preparing documents for retirement plan audits, and perform other related duties as assigned.

In addition to possessing exceptional interpersonal communication skills and the ability to thrive in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate must exhibit the ability to work with internal customers and external vendors in a positive manner; have strong organizational skills with attention to detail; ability to work independently as well as accept direction on specific assignments; and will exhibit the professionalism necessary to maintain confidential, personal, and sensitive data that is processed in the benefits area.

Minimum requirements include a BS or BA in human resources, business, or a related field; experience working in benefits administration; working knowledge of benefits legal and regulatory issues pertaining to FMLA, ACA, HIPAA, COBRA, and ERISA, etc.; proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; and experience with ERP benefit systems, particularly with Oracle Advanced Benefits, is a plus.

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.

General Maintenance Engineer

The Stowers Institute has an opening for a General Maintenance Engineer to maintain and keep mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems operational at all times. This position is four 10 hour shifts per week, third shift time slot.

Responsibilities include responding to service calls for issues regarding temperature, lighting, etc.; 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 customer relations skills, good 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.

Application 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 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. Weekend work and some holiday work will be required. 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.

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 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

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 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 (LASF)

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. The shift will be Wednesday through Sunday with occasional holiday work required. 

 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 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.

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