Open positions

The Institute is looking for talented and intelligent people of high integrity who exemplify the values of the Institute–that is, those who are sincere and dependable and who strive for excellence in all they do. We provide a work environment that respects the dignity of every individual and encourages collaboration, teamwork, creativity and innovation. Our founders, Jim and Virginia Stowers, envisioned creating one of the most innovative and effective medical research organizations in the world. This vision can only be achieved if we attract the very best people.

Join the Yu Lab at Stowers Institute for Medical Research!

Current open positions

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 specific behaviors. The lab employs a combination of methodologies including molecular genetics, single cell sequencing, fluorescent whole-brain imaging, optogenetic, chemicogenetic and behavioral techniques.

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 cc:

Laboratory Assistant

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Laboratory Assistant in the Yu Lab. The chosen candidate will assist the lab with organization, basic laboratory techniques, and performing other assigned tasks. Qualified candidates will participate in research projects assisting graduate students, postdoctoral research and senior scientists in performing experiments. The position offers the opportunity to participate in one or more of the following types of studies: molecular and cell biology, histology, data analyses, and/or developmental biology.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated; have excellent written and verbal communication skills; and the ability to effectively work in a team-oriented and multicultural environment.

Minimum requirements include a high school diploma and some college coursework. The candidate should have a general science background with emphasis on chemistry, life science and other related sciences, or have a computer programming background. Candidates currently pursuing or have graduated with their degree in a science-related discipline are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a current resume and 2 letters of professional reference to or to Administration Department, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, 1000 E 50th Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.

Summer scholars

Each student participating in the Stowers Summer Scholars Program works on an independent research project under the direction of a principal investigator. The program offers Stowers Scholars the opportunity to become immersed in a research topic for a full-time eight-week period. Topics include chromatin and regulation of gene expression; chromosome structure and cell division; computational biology, modeling and technology; developmental genetics and cell biology; developmental neuroscience; and stem cells and regeneration.

Scholars have opportunities to interact and collaborate with other members of their laboratory and the Stowers community as a whole. In this way, Scholars experience not only the intellectual but also the collaborative spirit of research. In addition, Scholars have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest techniques in laboratories and supporting core centers, which are equipped with the most advanced technology.

The Stowers Summer Scholars Program requires an eight-week commitment during the summer. Stowers Scholars spend the majority of their time in the laboratory. There they work on a research project while receiving guidance and supervision from the laboratory head or a senior member of the lab. All Scholars are required to attend weekly scientific seminars on an array of research topics. Other activities include a weekly lunch where Scholars can share ideas and discuss individual projects and experiments. At the completion of the program, Scholars present their work in an All-Institute poster session.

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