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 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.

Maintenance Helper

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 (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 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 a resume to careers@stowers.org or to 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 Financial Analyst

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Senior Financial Analyst. This position will provide financial analysis, reporting and planning for various groups within the Institute. The candidate will be a key member of the finance team reporting to the Vice President of Finance & Treasurer.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the finance lead for the Institute’s core facilities and other operating budgets
  • Preparing annual budgets, forecasts and operating plans in consultation with budget owners
  • Compilation of financial data and analyzing trends in areas such as expense, headcount, revenue and capital spending
  • Preparing and presenting monthly and quarterly financial review package to management
  • Completing month-end review of results to ensure accuracy
  • Performing long-range financial modeling and analysis
  • Analyzing investment portfolio
  • Performing fee analysis and contract review for third-party banking and investment providers
  • Assisting in managing the debt component of the capital structure
  • Treasury liaison for the Institute for operating needs
  • Preparing moderate to complex ad-hoc analytical reports

 

The successful candidate will be a team player who demonstrates and fosters a partnering attitude. The candidate will have the capability to work with others in a positive and collaborative manner while also having the ability to work independently. Candidates should demonstrate solid problem solving and creative skills with the ability to exercise sound judgement. The chosen candidate will be required to make decisions based on accurate and timely analysis with a high level of attention to detail. Qualified candidates will demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and written. 

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting and 4-6 years of finance experience. An MBA or advanced degree and prior treasury experience is preferred. Advanced experience with Excel, significant experience with ERP and EPM applications, knowledge of GAAP, and prior experience with creating and utilizing sophisticated databases for analysis are all favored.

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.

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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