Research Specialist

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Research Specialist to join the Halfmann Lab ( 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 or to Administration Department, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.