Current Openings

Application Programmer

The Stowers Institute has an opening for an Application Programmer to provide expertise around the daily operation and development of SharePoint 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 degree or least 1-3 years’ experience working in the IT or computer science fields AND proficiency in C#, .NET Framework, and Javascript.

Additional Preferred Technical Skills:

  • Experience with Microsoft SQL Server Database SSAS, SSIS and SSRS
  • Experience with modern SharePoint
  • HTML5/CSS experience
  • Familiarity with SPFx and Power Platform technologies
  • Familiarity with Agile Methodologies
  • Knowledge in enterprise integrations
  • Experience with PHP
  • Experience with Atlassian products (Jira, Bitbucket, 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.

Bioinformatics Specialist

The Stowers Institute has an opening for a Bioinformatics Specialist on the Big Data, AI, and Genomics Team. Responsibilities will directly involve the development and maintenance of an existing genome database with gene pages and genome browsers.

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

Responsibilities include:

  • Development of pipelines for data analysis
  • Development of pipelines for data loading into genomic databases
  • Development of custom Drupal/Tripal modules
  • Development of custom JBrowse Plugins
  • Data migration from local VM servers to AWS
  • Managing AWS instances
  • New data type integration, such as proteomic and microscopy
  • New data loading and updating
  • Drupal site management
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Minimum requirements include a PhD or MS in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, or related field, or 5+ years bioinformatics/computational biology experience AND:

  • Experience with novel organism genomics
  • Fluency in Linux, bash, and a scripting language such as Python, Perl, or PHP
  • Some knowledge of Java or other languages as needed for programming using APIs
  • Experience using and troubleshooting core bioinformatics algorithms and tools such as those used in comparative genomics, genome assembly, gene model building, gene annotation, variant calling and effect, DNAseq, RNAseq, ChIPseq, and ATACseq

 

Additional Preferred Technical Skills:

  • Ability to collaborate in the design and development of software, informatics infrastructure, and databases for Genome data analysis and management
  • Ability to learn complex existing code, make changes when needed, and ensure stability through testing
  • Understanding of AWS instance deployment and management
  • Experience with relational databases and SQL
  • Ability and enthusiasm to learn new skills such as web-based application development, Javascript, D3.js, HTML, CSS, as well as frameworks and tools such as Drupal, Tripal, and JBrowse

 

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a current CV and cover letter that includes your favorite computational achievements as well as a short summary of interests 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.

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 Specialist

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Specialist to join the Halfmann Lab (https://research.stowers.org/halfmannlab/). The lab studies a newly discovered but fundamental feature of biology: the storage and release of energy through protein supersaturation in cells. This research has broad implications for aging, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The chosen candidate will contribute to the lab’s goals by conducting research on protein self-assembly using genetic, biochemical and cytological approaches.

Responsibilities include managing an independent project using genetic, proteomic, biochemical and cytological techniques, collaboration with the Institute’s core facility experts, performing data analysis, scientific writing and presentation.The candidate can expect a lot of creative freedom and encouragement to explore unconventional and under-explored areas, backed by solid hypotheses. Lab members have the freedom to resort to the best method to answer the question at hand, rather than sticking to a method without deliberate forethought.

In addition to excellent writing and communication skills, the successful candidate will have prior professional experience in a molecular biology or biochemistry lab. Successful candidates should also have the demonstrated ability to lead a project both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment. Attention to detail, tenacity, and the ability to multitask effectively – particularly in an electronic environment -- are highly valued.

Minimum requirements include a masters or doctorate degree in biology, biochemistry, cell biology, biophysics or a related field. Experience with programming is a plus.

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.

Research Technician

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Technician to join the Halfmann lab (http://research.stowers.org/halfmannlab/). The lab studies a newly discovered but fundamental feature of biology: the storage and release of energy through protein supersaturation in cells. This research as broad implications for aging, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The chosen candidate will contribute to the lab’s goals by conducting research on protein self-assembly using genetic, biochemical and cytological approaches.

Responsibilities include standard molecular biology tasks such as handling and transformation of bacteria and yeast, plasmid preparation, amplification of DNA by PCR, human cell culture passaging and transfections, and protein fractionation and immunodetection.

In addition to excellent writing and communication skills and the ability to function in a team-oriented environment, the successful candidate will have prior professional experience in a molecular biology or biochemistry lab. Experience with eukaryotic cell culture will be advantageous. Attention to detail, tenacity, and the ability to multitask effectively are particularly valued.

Minimum requirements include an undergraduate degree in biology, biochemistry, cell biology, biophysics, or a related field, and prior relevant laboratory experience.

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 full-time Research Technician join the Linheng Li Lab (https://research.stowers.org/linhenglilab/index.html). The lab mainly focuses on the hematopoietic and intestinal systems to study stem cell development.

Primary responsibilities for this position include RNA isolation, tissue isolation, animal handling, tissue culture and immunostaining of cells. Additional responsibilities include biochemical procedures involving protein-protein interactions, and/or confocal microscopy.

The successful candidate will be familiar with current molecular methods including DNA preparation, PCR amplification, restriction digests, basic DNA cloning and sterile techniques for cell culture. Experience in microscopy, tissue culture methods and/or protein purification is beneficial.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s or Master’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 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.

ServiceNow System Administrator

The Stowers Institute has an opening for a ServiceNow System Administrator to provide expertise around the daily operation, maintenance and development of ServiceNow serving the needs of both the IT department and the organization at large.

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

Importantly, the administrator 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 ServiceNow system and team. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Frontline troubleshooting of ServiceNow related incidents
  • Building reporting dashboards
  • Making routine changes to workflows and working with CMDB configuration items
  • Building catalog items
  • Creating and configuring user groups and roles as well as table access rules
  • Creating and configuring Business Rules, UI Policies, UI Actions, Client Scripts and ACLs including advanced scripting of each
  • Creating and configuring Notifications, UI pages, UI Macros, Script Includes, Formatters, etc. in ServiceNow
  • Coordinating and performing application and platform upgrades
  • Loading, manipulating and maintaining data between ServiceNow and other systems
  • Other duties as assigned

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 a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology or related field OR at least 1-3 years’ experience working in the IT or computer science fields.

Additional Preferred Technical Skills:

  • Familiarity with service-oriented architecture and web services integrations (SOAP, REST, WSDL)
  • Familiarity with LDAP, AD, ADFS
  • ServiceNow system administrator certification
  • 1-3 years’ experience working in ServiceNow as a technician (minimal) or administrator (preferred)
  • Knowledge of ITSM and CMDB concepts
  • Familiarity with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and relational databases
  • Familiarity with Change, Problem and Incident management
  • Experience working within the Agile software development framework

 

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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