Current Openings

Administrative Assistant / Senior Administrative Assistant

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for an individual to fill an administrative support role in a scientific research laboratory.

Primary responsibilities include a variety of administrative duties associated with the activities of a busy research laboratory environment such as purchasing, calendar management, domestic and international travel coordination, editing written documents, and other duties as assigned.  In addition, this role requires significant periodic involvement with both event planning and grant preparation.

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 (MS Office, iCloud, Powerpoint, etc.); demonstrated excellence in English writing and editing; and skills in website and social media management.

Minimum requirements include either a degree in a relevant field (including but not limited to Communications, Marketing, English, or Biology) OR at least three years of experience providing administrative support in a demanding office environment with progressive responsibilities.

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.

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. 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 Technician - Aquatics

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a full-time Laboratory Technician in the Aquatics Facility to perform care and husbandry for fish. Primary duties include:  providing routine care and husbandry 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 fish 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 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 an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. We are looking for a motivated candidate with a PhD or MD who has an excellent training record in the field of cancer biology, particularly with immunology background.

Our lab focuses on understanding the drug-resistant mechanism underlying cancer stem cells in leukemogenesis and colon cancer. More details can be found at https://www.stowers.org/faculty/linheng-li-lab  

Stowers Institute Postdoctoral Research Associates enjoy intramural research 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.

Application Instructions: To apply, candidates should send CV, letters of recommendation, copies of 2-3 most significant publications and a brief statement of research interests to: lil@stowers.org.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to address fundamental questions in RNA biology related to how genes are regulated and how that regulation controls vertebrate development.

The lab is particularly interested in unraveling: how translation can affect mRNA stability (Bazzini et al, EMBO, 2016); how mRNA translation is regulated during development by molecular factors such Long Non-coding RNAs, microRNAs and RNA binding proteins (Bazzini et al, Science, 2012); and identifying the biological role of small translated ORFs in vertebrates (Bazzini et al, EMBO, 2014).  

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be using zebrafish embryos and human cells, performing genome-wide gene expression analyses at mRNA (RNA-sequencing) and translational levels (ribosome profiling). CRISPR-Cas9 system will be intensively used for genome editing as well as multiple molecular biology techniques.

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. Computational biology knowledge, including command of UNIX and R or other programming languages and experience in handling large-scale sequence data is preferred.

For more information, please visit the lab website: http://research.stowers.org/bazzinilab/index.html

 

Application Instructions:     To apply, please submit (1) a brief cover letter that includes a short summary of interests, (2) a current CV, and (3) the contact information of 3 professional references to Dr. Ariel Bazzini: arb@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 Technician

The Stowers Institute has an opening for a Research Technician to perform molecular biology tasks in a core facility.

Primary responsibilities include receiving, organizing, and logging samples into spreadsheets and databases; extracting DNA, setting up PCR and sequencing reactions according to SOPs; analyzing data; operating and maintaining robotic systems; and assisting with other routine services such as plasmid purification, 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 computer 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.

Research Technician

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Technician in the Screening core facility to perform high throughput 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, strong leadership skills, ability to embrace working with technology/robots, mastery of 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 4 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, 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 (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 Sunday through Thursday with occasional holiday work required. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: monitoring and recording daily animal health and production; cage changing; tissue collection; injections with accuracy; animal mating and maintaining breeding colonies according to team standards; handling and manipulation of various species within a controlled environment; processing equipment and supplies; and maintaining barrier inventory levels. 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 50 pounds; weekend shift coverage 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 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.

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