Current Openings

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 and associated documentation in electronic database
  • Expanding cell lines to meet researchers’ requirements
  • Cultivating cells on plates, flasks, roller bottles, and spinner vessels using aseptic technique
  • Participating in the scheduling and delivering of cell lines as requested
  • Performing quality control assays, such as sterility, endotoxin, mycoplasma, and others as needed
  • Preparing media, nutrient feeds, buffers, and reagents for cell culture and analytical work
  • Preparing, maintaining and managing storage databases
  • Evaluating newly introduced cell lines
  • Performing weekly inventory checks and submits orders to ensure consistent supply stock
  • Responding to researcher requests for service
  • Assisting in training all cell technicians in the Tissue Culture team
  • Scheduling researchers’ mammalian and insect transfections
  • Attending related cell culture symposiums in order to stay abreast of new research and techniques, and bring knowledge back to share with the group

 

Additional responsibilities include set up and maintenance of equipment and instruments; keeping accurate record of observations in LIMS database and/or laboratory notebooks; 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. Experience in transfection, virus, embryonic stem cells culture, primary cell culture, CRISPR, and/or 3D culture is preferred.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in life sciences or equivalent, 5+ 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 Animal Technician - Part-Time

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Part Time 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 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.

Materials Management Coordinator

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Materials Management Coordinator.  This position will aid with purchasing and receiving activities in a highly automated, multicompany environment.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Procuring supplies, materials, equipment, and services as required for all Institute departments
  • Assisting in Scientific Vending area with monitoring and ordering stock, and ensuring that end-users have available products as needed
  • Processing purchase requisitions
  • Compiling data for and producing reports outlining purchases and overdue items
  • Maintaining current knowledge of new products and market trends
  • Maintaining effective relationships with customers and suppliers
  • Ensuring that materials received are accurately inspected, received, and delivered in a cost effective and timely manner
  • Assisting with off-loading supplies and equipment
  • Staging and delivering items to appropriate departments or laboratories
  • Sorting, collecting, and delivering mail
  • Resolving receiving discrepancies
  • Other duties as assigned

 

The successful candidate must be able to maintain a high level of attention to detail, be able to show a demonstrated record of successful customer service, have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, and prior experience with computerized purchasing and receiving systems.

Minimum requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent and at least two-years’ experience in purchasing and two years’ experience in receiving and distribution or a similar area.  A Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field is highly preferred.

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.

Plant Engineer Trainee

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 innate and learned 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 (Post-Transcriptional Regulation)

The Bazzini Lab (https://research.stowers.org/bazzinilab/index.html) at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to address fundamental questions in biology related to post-transcriptional regulation.

The lab is particularly interested in unraveling molecular mechanisms to affect mRNA stability/translation and how those regulations can affect development or be related with human diseases.

Candidates will be using zebrafish embryos and human cells, performing genome-wide gene expression analysis at mRNA (RNA-sequencing) and translational levels (ribosome profiling). CRISPR-Cas9 and Cas13 system will be intensively used as well as multiple molecular biology techniques.

Strong knowledge of computational biology, including command of UNIX and R or other programming languages as well as experience in handling large-scale sequence data is preferred but not required.

Candidates should be interested in RNA, gene regulatory networks, development and/or genomics. Successful candidates will have the ability to work in a team-oriented environment as well as have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Minimum requirements include a doctoral degree in the life sciences, computational biology or related field in addition to at least one first author publication.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a cover letter (less than a page) that includes a short summary of interests, a CV (3 pages max), and the contact information of 3 professional references to Dr. Ariel Bazzini arb@stowers.org cc: careers@stowers.org

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Regulatory Genomics)

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher 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 the technology and 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 broader research environment at the Stowers Institute, which includes technology centers and core facilities, provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere to help implement innovative research directions and technologies.

Minimum requirements include a doctoral degree in biology, computer science, or a related field, as well as 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 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 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 include some weekend work and occasional holiday work is 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 a current CV to careers@stowrs.org or Administration, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.

Research Technician - Cytometry

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Technician to perform basic lab support tasks as a member of the Cytometry Team, performing basic flow cytometry techniques.

Responsibilities include basic equipment use; following standard operating procedures to setup, operate, and shutdown flow cytometers; supervised maintenance and routine care of equipment; supervised sample processing/staining.

The successful candidate will have entry level experience in a research environment (cytometry experience not a requirement); excellent organization and communication skills; attention to detail; the ability to work in a team oriented environment; and the knowledge and ability to effectively transfer learned information.

Desired requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in biology, physics, biochemistry or a related field with at least 1 to 3 years of laboratory experience (that may include college course lab work). Additional preferred skills include tissue culture and transfection of mammalian or non-mammalian cells; experience with PCR, restriction enzyme cloning, and other molecular biology techniques; a basic background in transcription, signal transduction, or cell biology.

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

Research Technician - Genome Engineering

The Stowers Institute has an opening for a Research Technician with the Genome Engineering team. 

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.

Senior Research Technician - Cytometry

The Stowers Institute has an opening for Senior Research Technician in the Cytometry core facility.

Responsibilities include execution and troubleshooting of SOPs at both an intermediate and complex level, recognize the need for new SOPs, adapt or develop SOPs de novo, actively participate in complex project meetings, perform routine equipment/instrument operation and maintenance, keep and record information, and perform majority of daily duties with minimal supervision. It is expected that the candidate’s skills will grow quickly as they adapt to the responsibilities to include expectations of higher proficiency in increasingly more complex tasks. It is not required to have prior cytometric experience.

Successful candidates will have a strong knowledge of basic science research and experimental design; have the ability to follow and perform all basic SOPs at a proficient level; demonstrate a high level of proficiency when carrying out experiments. The candidate will regularly participate in tasks associated with dependent and collaborative science research and occasionally participate in independent scientific research projects. This includes the coordination of use of equipment and services, the operation of complex/complicated instrumentation, performance of routine but complex instrument maintenance, and equipment/instrument repairs.

In addition to excellent writing and communication skills and the ability to function in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will regularly work with external partners as technical collaborators, give, receive and implement advice/feedback, teach/train others, present at seminars and training sessions, and negotiate facility goals.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline.

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.

Training Coordinator - Laboratory Animal Services

The Stowers Institute has an opening for a Training Coordinator in the Laboratory Animal Services Facility (LASF) who will assist and be responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive training program for all staff members working in mammalian lab animal research. 

The LASF Training Coordinator will work closely with the department’s management staff to develop a program providing quality and compliance with regards to the Institute’s core values and animal research. The selected candidate will be responsible for designing and delivering curriculum and learning materials, performing training needs assessments, coordinating all phases of training interventions, and maintaining accurate training records. Objectives should be met with minimal supervision and with good time management.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing specialized programs, conducting and/or coordinating employee participation in programs to train staff in mammalian animal husbandry and technical tasks
  • Conferring with LASF management and/or employees to determine training objectives
  • Assisting with writing a training program including outline, text, handouts, tests, and design of training exercises
  • Developing or overseeing the production of classroom handouts, instructional materials, aids and manuals
  • Conducting orientation sessions and acclimating new hires to the team
  • Scheduling training with individual staff members, lab members, or groups
  • Directing structured learning experiences and monitoring their quality and results
  • Observing trainees and answering their questions
  • Coordinating with mentors to plan and schedule continued training of staff and confirmation of proficiency with tasks
  • Administering written and practical exams and writing performance reports to evaluate trainees' performance
  • Participating in meetings, seminars, and training sessions to obtain information useful to training staff and integrating information into training program
  • Assessing training effectiveness to ensure incorporation of taught skills and techniques are being applied into employees work behavior
  • Working closely with supervisors and staff to assess required skills and knowledge
  • Maintaining training documentation for all staff members
  • Planning and coordinating refresher training with staff annually
  • Identifying training needs by evaluating strengths and weaknesses then developing training modules to refresh training
  • Translating requirements into trainings that will prepare employees for the next step of their career path
  • Periodically evaluating ongoing programs to ensure that they reflect any changes
  • Staying abreast of the new trends and tools in employee development

 

The successful candidate will have meticulous attention to detail, proficiency with Microsoft software and databases (i.e. Access and Teams), excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be adept at all forms of social media.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biology or a related field. Experience with developing staff training programs, experience with small animal surgical techniques and husbandry, and AALAS Certification at the LATG level or above is also required.

Additional preferred skills include in-depth knowledge of learning theories and instructional design models; understanding of basic genetics; experience with small animal reproduction and development; understanding of laboratory techniques such as gavage, injections, perfusion, PCR, flow cytometry; and knowledge of governing bodies such as IACUC, AAALAC, and OLAW.

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.

Undergraduate/Graduate Researcher

The Bazzini lab (https://research.stowers.org/bazzinilab/index.html) at Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for an undergraduate or graduate level student or technician to work on a project addressing fundamental questions in biology related to post-transcriptional gene regulation.

The lab is particularly interested in unraveling molecular mechanisms that affect mRNA stability and/or mRNA translation and how those regulations drive vertebrate embryonic development (zebrafish) or are related with human diseases (human cells).

Strong knowledge of bioinformatics, including R or other programming languages (ideally knowledge in statistical methods) as well as experience in handling large-scale sequence data are preferred but not required.

Candidates should be interested in RNA, gene regulatory networks, development and/or genomics. Successful candidates will have the ability to work in a team-oriented environment as well as have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Minimum requirements include some college coursework with relevant lab, genomics, or bioinformatics experience or experience in a related field. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a cover letter (less than half a page) that includes a short summary of interests, a CV (3 pages max), and the contact information of 3 professional references to Dr. Ariel Bazzini arb@stowers.org, cc: careers@stowers.org

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