Current Openings

Administrative Assistant

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for an individual to fill an administrative support role supporting two scientific research laboratories.

Responsibilities include a variety of administrative duties associated with the activities of a busy research laboratory environment including:

  • Ordering and purchasing for the labs
  • Submitting expense reports, receipts, reimbursements and billing
  • Arranging domestic and international travel along with conference registrations
  • Coordinating calendar management for Investigators and arranging lab meetings
  • Organizing visitor meetings and seminars for invited speakers
  • Establishing and maintaining a lab website
  • Composition and editing of correspondence including letters of recommendation and other essential documents
  • Assisting with graduate school recruiting administrative responsibilities
  • Assisting in research grant preparation for submission to granting agencies
  • Maintaining files and records for efficient operations
  • Handling shipping through FedEx and USPS and distribution of mail to lab members
  • Serves as a back-up administrative assistant to other Investigators as needed

 

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 Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.); demonstrated excellence in English writing and editing; and skills in website and social media management. In addition, this role requires significant periodic involvement with both event planning and grant preparation.

Minimum requirements include a degree in a relevant field (including but not limited to business, communications, English, or biology) or at least three years of experience providing administrative support in a demanding office environment with progressive responsibilities and documented editing experience.

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.

Associate Scientist - Laboratory Animal Services

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research currently has an opening for an Associate Scientist in the LASF to support services provided by the Transgenic and Reproductive Technologies Group.

Responsibilities for the position include, superovulation for embryo production, rederivation of mouse strains into the SPF barrier,  embryo transfer surgeries and procedures, miscellaneous small animal surgeries, animal colony management, post-surgical animal monitoring and care, weaning litters and records management in addition to other duties that may be assigned.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail and the ability to work in a team-oriented environment.

Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in biology, or a related field; a general knowledge of molecular biology, genetics, and associated laboratory techniques; experience in handling small animals; and a minimum of two years of experience and demonstrated proficiency in technical procedures associated with the care and use of mouse mutant animal models. AALAS certification at the LAT level or higher would be preferred.

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.

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 Services Manager

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Laboratory Animal Services Manager position.  The LAS Manager will oversee the activities of the LAS – SSF site, collaborate with LAS management, veterinary and SIMR Administrative support staff to maintain operational performance levels. They will also supervise the facility in accordance with good scientific practice, ethical principles, and standards set forth in the Public Health Service Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

­­­­­­­­­­­Active coordination with the Head, LASF, veterinary and administrative support staff in all of the following essential responsibilities:

  • Ensuring the proper inventory, care, feeding, delivery and receipt of animals, sanitation of the equipment and facilities, procurement and storage of supplies and the maintenance of related equipment and facilities.
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and making recommendations to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of animal care and operations.
  • Developing, writing, implementing, and updating standard operating procedures (SOP) for the care and enrichment of laboratory animals and the operation of the facility.
  • Schedules staff to ensure husbandry and technical services are provided in accordance with animal welfare regulations, including weekends and holidays, and to plan, organize and delegate work order requests and daily activities.
  • Strictly follow and maintain all procedures necessary to maintain animal housing area environment, personnel entry and exit, and breeding to ensure appropriate production levels.
  • Ensures preparedness for all regulatory inspections, including but not limited to IACUC and AAALAC.
  • Performing management responsibilities including but not limited to conducting periodic staff performance evaluations, coordinating with HR for employee relations concerns and disciplinary actions, training of personnel, monitoring employee performance, coordinates staff cross-training LAS Orientation and technical procedure training, and interviewing.
  • Coordinates with the Receiving department and LAS staff (Volker campus) the movement of animals throughout the facility and the intake of new animals. Coordinates the outsourcing of tissue samples for genotyping, including but not limited to maintaining adequate supplies and shipping of samples.
  • Participates in the LASF supervisory on-call rotation to provide a departmental contact and support for after hour, holiday and emergency issues.
  • Supervises the animal health monitoring program. Prepares drugs, including but not limited to anesthetics and analgesics.
  • Proactively interacts with Stowers personnel, faculty and research staff as needed to effectively and timely respond to all requests, inquiries, and complaints about adequate technical services related to research animals.
  • Maintains accurate records for the facility; creates and submits regular written reports of site activities to the LAS Head; and conducts periodic meetings with supervisory and site staff to keep them informed of current and future projects, policies and procedures.
  • Facilitates the resolution of problems related to the allocation of space, use of equipment, efficient use of personnel, diagnosis of and control of disease, provisions of animal care and adequate veterinary care.
  • Oversees consistent practice of general SIMR safety policies and procedures, including those related to biohazards and radioactive substances.  Provides leadership in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to meet the goals and objectives of the LAS.

 

The successful candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively interact with the Director, LAS staff, veterinary and administrative support staff, faculty and research staff.

Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science or related field;  two or more years of successful performance as an Area Supervisor; AALAS certification at the LAT level or above is required, LATG is desired;  knowledge of laboratory animal welfare guidelines and AAALAC International Guidelines; one year of computer experience with MSWord, PowerPoint and Excel programs and administrative experience in support of site operations.

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 Manager

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a laboratory manager in the Zeitlinger Lab to assist with scientific experiments and organization, maintenance, and compliance in the laboratory.

Responsibilities include:

  • Performing experiments using a variety of techniques and model organisms as are relevant to lab scope and need
  • Organizing laboratory resources to increase functionality of the lab
  • Assisting with maintenance of laboratory supplies and equipment
  • Researching, ordering, evaluating, and demonstrating lab equipment and providing justification for purchase when needed
  • Performing or arranging for maintenance of laboratory equipment as necessary
  • Ordering and maintaining inventory of laboratory consumables
  • Interacting with lab representatives and/or representatives of collaborative groups and voices concerns/disseminates information as needed
  • Drafting and updating protocols or SOPs
  • Assisting in other elements of laboratory management as requested by supervisor

 

Additional responsibilities may include maintaining current laboratory budget status, performing laboratory safety compliance checks, and organizing or analyzing data/create databases for organizational purposes.

In addition to excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively lead by example, the successful candidate will have a highly developed level of attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills.

Minimum requirements include a BS degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or a science related field and a minimum of 5 years of experience in a research laboratory with demonstrated ability of leadership and responsibility.

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 Supervisor - Aquatics

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a laboratory supervisor to oversee services provided by the Aquatics Facility.

Responsibilities include breeding and maintenance of cavefish; culturing of invertebrate food sources, and feeding of fish; monitoring and assessing the health of fish; monitoring and maintaining water quality; cleaning and sanitizing equipment and facilities; recording data; receiving new animals and rearing of stocks; reviewing and developing standard operating procedures; training and mentoring staff; and team building.

In addition to excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively lead by example, the successful candidate will have knowledge of animal welfare guidelines and regulations; a working knowledge of fish biology, aquaculture, and genetics; experience with MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; and AALAS certification.

Minimum requirements include a BS degree in a science related field, ideally fish biology or aquaculture; four years of experience in an aquatics facility; and the ability to lift at least fifty pounds. Prior management experience is preferred. 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.

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.

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

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Technician to join the Zanders lab (https://research.stowers.org/zanderslab/). The chosen candidate will contribute to the lab’s goals by conducting research in genetic conflict and/or the molecular genetics of sexual reproduction.

Primary responsibilities include general lab maintenance, reagent preparation, basic molecular biology tasks and general experimental assistance. We use a variety of fungal species in our research. This position represents an excellent opportunity for recent graduates looking to gain research experience prior to applying to graduate school.

The successful candidate must have clear oral and written communication skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented environment. Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in biology, or other related life sciences, and some prior relevant laboratory experience (classroom experience is sufficient for motivated candidates).

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a current CV and cover letter 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 join the Jaspersen Lab. The lab is looking for a highly motivated individual wishing to participate in cutting-edge biomedical research, specifically in the areas of cell biology and genetics.

The lab uses yeast and other fungi as primary models and the chosen candidate will participate in research involving one or more of the following techniques: molecular biology, cell biology, genetics/genomics, biochemistry, electron microscopy, and histology. The lab is excited to consider candidates from all experience levels that meet the minimum requirements.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting senior scientists in performing a wide variety of research experiments using advanced equipment or techniques
  • Individuals will have opportunities to perform independent research projects as they gain experience
  • Collecting, evaluating, and interpreting research data
  • Developing new and innovate procedures to reach objectives
  • Troubleshooting and training others on laboratory techniques and procedures
  • Maintaining laboratory equipment and reagents
  • Maintaining laboratory notebook and preparing written or oral progress reports
  • Participating in laboratory meetings/planning sessions and reading relevant scientific literature
  • Performs other duties as assigned

 

In addition to outstanding written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented environment, candidates should have the ability to learn new techniques and effectively perform tasks independently. Demonstrated experience with analytical, organizational, and/or computer skills are preferred.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, cell biology, genetics, or other similar field. Qualified candidates must also have some general laboratory experience in molecular biology and biochemistry.

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.

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