Current Openings

Application Programmer

The Stowers Institute has an opening for an Application Programmer who will work as part of the Application Development team.   

Responsibilities include:

  • Designing and developing within a custom Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) using test-driven development (TDD) and continuous integration principles
  • Development and maintenance of applications for storing, tracking, and visualizing laboratory requests and data
  • Implementing fixes and improvements based on end-user feedback
  • Working with the development team using agile/scrum methodologies to develop and deliver software
  • Importantly, the developer will be in a user/customer facing role working directly with users and should be comfortable with providing a high-quality customer service experience.

 

Successful candidates will have strong communication skills and the ability to actively participate in interdisciplinary teams; the ability to prioritize management of projects/time; demonstrate the capability of high performance in independent work as well as in a team setting; maintain a high degree of initiative, accuracy, and attention to detail; and exhibit creative and out-of-the-box thinking skills.

Minimum requirements include:

  • Undergraduate degree in computer science or equivalent experience working in the IT or computer science fields
  • Experience with Object Oriented PHP7, Javascript
  • Experience with PHP and Javascript MVC frameworks
  • Relational database design and development (MySQL, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of HTML5/CSS

 

Additional preferred technical skills include experience with:

  • Symfony
  • Doctrine ORM
  • ExtJS
  • PHPUnit
  • Atlassian products (Jira, Bitbucket, Bamboo, Confluence)

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.

Application Programmer

The Stowers Institute has an opening for an Application Programmer to provide expertise around the daily operation and development of cloud based applications, SharePoint, O365 & Atlassian stack which serving the needs the organization at large as part of our Intranet solution.

Additionally, the developer will work within a software development life cycle framework (Agile) to participate in the planning and prioritization of work within the team’s sprint cycle. 

Importantly, the developer will be in a user/customer facing role working directly with users and should be comfortable with providing a high-quality customer service experience and user training that facilitates positive interactions with for the intranet and team. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Designing, developing, documenting, and deploying Modern SharePoint solutions and apps
  • Providing technical expertise in identifying, evaluating, and developing effective procedures and systems requirements that meet business needs
  • Researching, testing, building, and coordinating the conversion and/or integration of new products based on Institute requirements
  • Addressing problems of systems integration, compatibility, and multiple platforms
  • Maintaining SharePoint farms and service applications at the enterprise level
  • Configuring and maintaining SharePoint site artifacts such as site collections, sites, document libraries, lists, and pages
  • Evaluating and recommending application software packages, application integration and testing tools
  • Working with the development team using agile/scrum methodologies to develop and deliver applications

 

Successful candidates will have strong communication skills and the ability to actively participate in interdisciplinary teams; the ability to prioritize management of projects/time; demonstrate the capability of high performance in independent work as well as in a team setting; maintain a high degree of initiative, accuracy, and attention to detail; and exhibit creative and out-of-the-box thinking skills.

Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in computer science or related field or least 1-3 years’ experience working in the IT or computer science fields AND proficiency or experience in a majority of the following technical skills:

Database and Programming

     Web Services, REST api's

     OAuth2, JSON Web Tokens (JWT)

     MS SQL, PostgreSQL knowledge, Emerging No SQL environments like Graph databases

     Programming Languages

     SharePoint framework (SPFX), Graph API, .Net, JavaScript, and PowerShell

     Node.js, Python, XML, Java (Groovy) - (Atlassian, Mediaflux environments)

     A .NET developer, in particular, needs some more skills: Proficiency with C#

     Strong understanding of the structure and logic of Object-Oriented programming

     Willing to work in LOW code environments (Power Apps, Power Automate)

IDE

     Microsoft’s Visual Studio

     JetBrain IDEs: ItelliJ, ReSharper

git Version Management

     Jira Software, Bitbucket

     gitHub

Cloud Platforms

     Microsoft Azure

     Azure Data Factory / SSIS / SSAS Skills

Administration experience

     SharePoint, Teams, Office Groups

     Atlassian (Jira, Confluence)

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.

Application Quality Assurance Analyst

The Stowers Institute has an opening for an Application Quality Assurance Analyst. The selected candidate will oversee the quality assurance test process from a high level to aid in testing and documentation for a Laboratory Information Management System. Qualified candidates will have experience with all or most of the responsibilities listed below.

Responsibilities include:

  • Analyzing software requirements and software design documents to transform the information into test cases for various types of tests
  • Writing automated test scripts
  • Developing planned test data
  • Using knowledge and experience of full software life cycle
  • Participation in project review meetings and leading peer-review meetings of developed test materials
  • Performing formal tests and installing software applications
  • Executing manual and automated test cases and scripts
  • Writing problem and change reports
  • Performing regression testing
  • Reporting test results efficiently
  • Working with the development team using agile/scrum methodologies
  • Working closely with development team to convey the information needed to develop quickly with fewer iterations
  • Importantly, the analyst will be in a user/customer facing role working directly with users and should be comfortable with providing a high-quality customer service experience and user training that facilitates positive interactions with the intranet and team.

 

Successful candidates will have strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to actively participate in interdisciplinary teams; the ability to prioritize management of projects/time; demonstrate the capability of high performance in independent work as well as in a team setting; the ability to adapt and work in fast paced environment, maintain a high degree of initiative, accuracy, and attention to detail; and exhibit creative and out-of-the-box thinking skills.

Minimum requirements include:

  • Undergraduate degree in computer science, computer information systems or a related field; or equivalent work experience
  • A minimum of 2 years of quality assurance experience
  • Experience in SCRUM or similar sprint processes
  • Possesses superior analytical, problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, presentation and communication skills
  • Experience writing Selenium tests
  • Experience writing and performing manual test plans from development tickets

 

Additional preferred technical skills include:

  • Experience setting up Selenium for Continuous Integration
  • PHP Experience
  • Experience writing tests with Codeception
  • Experience writing tests for ExtJS

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.

Associate Scientist - Histology

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for an Associate Scientist to join our Histology Facility and provide high-quality research histology services to scientific laboratories as needed.

Responsibilities include:

  • Operating all equipment/instruments and performing daily tasks with minimal supervision
  • Keeping records and experiment logs
  • Assisting with lab maintenance, sample triage, processing, embedding, sectioning and staining
  • Executing, troubleshooting, and updating existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Providing proficient services with advanced and emerging molecular histology technologies to locate protein and RNA molecules in situ on sections or whole mount samples
  • Writing reports, manuscripts and presenting experimental outcomes

 

It is expected that the candidate will adapt to additional responsibilities which include:

  • Actively participating in project discussions
  • Providing advice, training and service to collaborative research projects
  • Assisting with new technology development within the team

 

Successful candidates will have the ability to pay close attention to detail, be self-motivated, have a team-oriented approach for customer service, be proficient at problem solving, work independently and creatively, and have outstanding verbal and written communication skills.

Minimum requirements include a Master’s degree in life science or a relevant field, a minimum of one-year hands-on histotechnology experience, and a strong knowledge of basic science research and science project management. Experience in molecular histology techniques such as immunostaining and in situ hybridization is preferred.

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

Manager of Financial Reporting

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Manager of Financial Reporting. This position ensures the accuracy of the Stowers Group of Companies (the Institute) financial records and is responsible for various monthly, quarterly and year-end reporting requirements. The candidate will be the subject matter expert for technical GAAP accounting matters. The candidate is a senior member of the Accounting team and will report to the Director of Accounting Operations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting staff in development and preparation of accurate and timely reporting materials for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Being a significant contributor to the Institute’s ERP evaluation and technology solution initiatives for Finance and Accounting.
  • Primary point of contact for the Institute’s annual audit by reviewing PBC’s, ensuring the consolidated financials comply with GAAP reporting guidelines, and working with external auditors.
  • The candidate will have primary responsibility for maintaining current knowledge of accounting standards, recommending changes when necessary, and preparation of accounting memos.
  • Understanding and developing reporting that bridges GAAP accounting and operational reporting. 
  • Completing monthly review of financial statements and supporting schedules.
  • Developing and preparing financial dashboards.
  • Leading certain year end activities.
  • Overseeing the annual tax return process by reviewing returns for accuracy and ensuring current tax regulations are followed. Will work directly with external accounting firm to file returns in a timely manner.
  • Managing performance review process including review of performance goals and regular and developmental feedback to staff.
  • Developing documentation for policies, procedures and processes.
  • Assisting to maintain and update internal controls over financial reporting.
  • Various ad-hoc projects as assigned.

 

The successful candidate will be a self-starter willing to commit the required effort to accomplish objectives and identify opportunities. Candidates should demonstrate solid problem-solving skills with the ability to think “outside the box” and innovatively. The ability to effectively prioritize one’s workload and manage changes in direction and priority is essential. Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy in work product will be vital. Successful candidates will be a team player who demonstrates and fosters a partnering attitude, while simultaneously being willing to challenge team members to strive to achieve goals.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • A mix of 6-8 years of corporate and public accounting (audit) experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and CPA is required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Prior project experience implementing new accounting/finance technology solutions is a must.
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Significant knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and financial practices.
  • Prior not-for-profit experience is preferred but not 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.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Post-Transcriptional Regulation)

The Bazzini Lab 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 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 and 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

Research Technician - Genome Engineering

The Genome Engineering Team has an opening for a full-time Research Technician to provide high-quality genome engineering services to scientific laboratories at the Stowers Institute.

Responsibilities include:

  • Performing PCR
  • Gel-electrophoresis
  • DNA and RNA purification and quantification
  • Fragment-assembly cloning
  • Cell culture work
  • Use of Excel and online tools to track project information
  • Use sequence analysis software to:
    • Design primers
    • Select guideRNA target sites
    • Build homologous recombination constructs
    • Annotate genomic features
    • Analyze data
  • Other duties as assigned

 

The successful candidate will have excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills, the ability to pay close attention to details, superior written and verbal 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, genetics, or other relevant field and prior experience in a laboratory setting.

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.

Research Technician - Histology

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Technician to join our Histology Facility and provide high-quality research histology services to scientific laboratories as needed.

Responsibilities include:

  • Triaging samples received into the facility
  • Preparing samples including receipt, fixation, processing, embedding, slide preparation, microtomy and staining
  • Operating and maintaining histology prep and ancillary equipment
  • Collecting and disposing properly of hazardous waste
  • Providing general laboratory assistance to other Histology team members
  • Maintaining machine fluid levels
  • Ordering and maintaining accurate levels of supplies
  • Providing assistance on common use equipment
  • Other duties as assigned

 

In addition to excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work independently, the successful candidate will be familiar with basic biology, anatomy and/or chemistry, and knowledge of general laboratory procedure.

Minimum requirements include an Associate’s Degree in biology or a relevant field, HT (ASCP) or VMT certification, two years’ experience in Histology, and previous research experience.

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

Senior Accountant

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Senior Accountant. This position will be the financial liaison between GAAP Accounting and Operations reporting for the Stowers Group of Companies. The candidate is a member of the Accounting team and will report to the Director of Accounting Operations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Significant contributor for accounting and finance technology solution project implementations.
  • Assisting with the Institute’s annual audit by preparing PBC’s, consolidated financials and footnotes. 
  • Preparing accurate and timely journal entries for both the GL and Operations accounting systems.
  • Reconciling GL and operations systems, researches and corrects variances.
  • Understanding and developing reporting that bridges GAAP accounting and operational reporting. 
  • Leading the annual fixed asset audit.
  • Reviewing Staff Accountant’s journal entries for accuracy and posting to the GL system.
  • Reconciling GL accounts, analyzing activity and following up on issues when needed. 
  • Coordination of year-end accruals.
  • Assisting in the annual tax return process by completing Form 990.
  • Contributing to the development of accounting policies and procedures.
  • Various ad-hoc projects as assigned.

 

The successful candidate will be a self-starter willing to commit the required effort to accomplish objectives and identify opportunities. Candidates should demonstrate solid problem-solving skills with the ability to think “outside the box” and innovatively. The ability to effectively prioritize one’s workload and manage changes in direction and priority is essential. Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy in work product will be vital. Successful candidates will be a team player who demonstrates and fosters a partnering attitude, while simultaneously being willing to challenge team members to strive to achieve goals.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and CPA is required.
  • 5-7 years of related experience.
  • Prior project experience implementing new accounting/finance technology solutions is preferred.
  • Prior experience in a major ERP system is preferred.
  • Extensive Excel knowledge.
  • Prior not-for-profit experience is preferred.

 

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.

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