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Our Values & Commitment

The Institute’s mission is to make a significant contribution to humanity through foundational research by expanding our understanding of the secrets of life and by improving life’s quality through innovative approaches to the causes, treatment, and prevention of diseases.

At the Stowers Institute we value teamwork, collaboration, and creativity. Our science reflects the contributions of a wide array of individuals, technologies, and approaches that together produce innovative and impactful research.


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Health Coverage

The Institute offers comprehensive medical, dental, vision and pharmacy plans that help you and your family access medical care. Options include the choice of HMO or PPO medical plans and a pharmacy plan administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. Dental is also offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. The Institute covers a generous portion of the plan for participants with highly subsidized premiums.



Recognizing the need for a whole-person support approach, our InBalance wellness program offers support, programming, and resources in five areas of wellbeing: career, financial, social, physical, and community, with a special focus on mental health.

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Fitness & Recreation

The Stowers Fitness Center is a 24/7 on-campus facility equipped with a variety of cardio, weight and strengthening equipment and machines. Certified instructors lead a range of fitness and yoga classes. Additionally, the Institute provides an off-campus recreational facility for team sports and other recreational activities.

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Paid Leave

Stowers members are provided generous paid time off for vacation, sick leave for the employee or those in the member's household, parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child or children, and bereavement leave related to family members. We also offer members generous short-term and long-term disability leaves, with medical verification. Additionally, the Institute recognizes and offers 14 holidays and one personal holiday per year.

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Retirement & Investing

The Institute provides eligible members a contribution of 15% of their eligible annual salary each year into a retirement account. Employees may also choose to participate in a 403(b) savings plan. This plan includes both traditional (pre-tax) and Roth (after-tax) options.

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Tax Saving Plan

Stowers members can redirect a portion of their pay on a pre-tax basis for several qualified expenses. Our Health Flexible Spending Account allows for eligible medical, dental, or vision expenses up to an annual IRS limit. Our Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account allows for eligible expenses to an annual IRS household limit for child/dependent care, while the members and the spouse are both working.

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The Institute provides term life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment coverage to eligible members. Members may also purchase additional life insurance for themselves, their spouse and their dependent children.

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Continuing Education

Through a variety of offerings, we encourage our members to advance their knowledge and skills. Whether it is through our Institute-wide Crossroads Committee, which works to broaden the interaction between students, postdoctoral researchers, and core and staff scientists, or through our Leadership and Management Training or skill- specific training seminars, the Institute encourages an ongoing learning process.

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Additional Perks

The Institute’s 10-acre, park-like campus is home to a cafe with live food stations, a salad bar and 24/7 complimentary espresso, coffee, tea, and soda. We also offer members on-site, covered complimentary parking. Additionally, we organize year-round social and knowledge-sharing events, including seminars, symposiums, receptions and other social events.

Defining new Frontiers

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Kansas City: born from a spirit of discovery

Incredible science comes from stimulated minds, and Kansas City is an ideal place to experience a wide range of culture, arts, food and more. The historic edge of the American West, see why we’ve chosen this amazing place as our home.


The Stowers Institute fosters an environment where scientists can take the risks to explore answers to scientific mysteries, where members treat each other with fairness and respect, and where true synergy and innovation is possible.

Committed to Equality

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At the Stowers Institute, uniqueness and authenticity are valued. Our goal is to make a significant contribution to humanity through medical research by pursuing world-class science and innovation. We believe the best way to achieve this is by valuing and celebrating a diverse mix of minds and talents. We intensely focus on creating an environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work. We are committed to building a collaborative community that is diverse by nature, equitable by choice, and inclusive by action.

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Equal Opportunity

The Institute provides a positive and nondiscriminatory atmosphere for all applicants, members, and others participating in Institute programs. It is the policy of the Institute to afford equal opportunity in all phases of employment (including advertising, solicitation, recruitment, hiring, transfers, promotions, demotions, compensation, training, benefits, layoffs, terminations and all other terms and conditions of employment) to all individuals regardless of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability (including within the meaning of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act), military status or any other status protected by law.

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