Research Scientist PhD Job at Children's Mercy Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

  • Children's Mercy Kansas City
  • Kansas City, MO

Job Description

Thanks for your interest in Children's Mercy!

Do you envision finding a meaningful role with an inclusive and compassionate team? At Childrens Mercy, we believe in making a difference in the lives of all children and shining a light of hope to the patients and families we serve. Our employees make the difference, which is why we have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top pediatric hospital, for eleven consecutive years.

Childrens Mercy is in the heart of Kansas City a metro abounding in cultural experiences, vibrant communities and thriving businesses. This is where our patients and families live, work and play. This is a community that has embraced our hospital and we strive to say thanks by giving back. As a leader in childrens health, we engage in meaningful programs and partnerships throughout the region so that we can improve the lives of children beyond the walls of our hospital.


This position is for scientific investigation of the developmental origins of disease focusing on cell migration and cell plasticity and their relationship to human birth defects of the brain and peripheral nervous system. The goal of the research is to better understand the mechanisms underlying cell migration and differentiation during normal development and the connections between the highly invasive neural crest and neuronal migration observed during brain development including how mistakes in the latter may give rise to diseases including cortical dysplasia. Such understanding is critical to the development of more accurate diagnostics and treatment strategies. The individual will work under the supervision of the principal investigator, but with independent responsibilities in experimental design, assist with supervision of junior team members, coordinate multi-omics capabilities guided by the research project and within the CMH/CMRI research community.

At Childrens Mercy, we are committed to ensuring that everyone feels welcomed within our walls. A successful candidate for this position will join us as we strive to create a workplace that reflects the community we serve, as well as our core values of kindness, curiosity, inclusion, team and integrity.

Additionally, its important to us that we remain transparent with all potential job candidates. Because we value the safety of the patients and families we serve, as well as the Childrens Mercy staff, we want to let you know that the seasonal influenza and COVID-19 vaccines are a condition of employment for all employees in our organization. New employees must be willing to be vaccinated if found non-immune to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and chicken pox (varicella) and/or without evidence of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination since 2005. If you are selected for this position, you will be asked to supply your immunization records as proof of vaccination. If you and have any concerns about receiving these vaccines, medical and/or religious exemptions can be further discussed with Human Resources.


+ Develops hypotheses, designs and carries out laboratory experiments using a variety of appropriate techniques to test those hypotheses in collaboration with a small team and the principal investigator.

+ Writes and executes protocols for experiments.

+ Organizes, analyzes and summarizes acquired data, using scientific and statistical techniques.

+ Identify needs and opportunities within the laboratory and more broadly coordinate within the CMH/CMRI research community for multi-omics and spatial-omics to support research projects/programs.

+ Develops and applies custom pipelines and infrastructure for primary and secondary analysis of genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, lipidomic and imaging datasets guided by the needs of the project.

+ Supports analysis, interpretation, visualization and integration of data from various omics-approaches and platforms including sequencing-based methods (bulk/single-cell RNAseq, ATAC-seq, ChIP-seq), spatial transcriptomics (10x Visium, Curio/Slide-Seq, etc), mass spectrometry-based methods (quantitative proteomics,lipidomics, metabolomics) guided by the needs of the project.

+ Develops expertise in cell migration and cell plasticity as related to the neural crest and cortical dysplasia.

+ Ability to learn avian embryology and tissue organoid development.

+ Ability to work independently and as a team member.


PHD or MD and 3-5 year of experience

Benefits at Children's Mercy

The benefits plans at Childrens Mercy are one of many reasons we are recognized as one of the best places to work in Kansas City. Our plans are designed to meet the changing needs of our employees and their families.

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Starting Pay

Our pay ranges are market competitive. The pay range for this job begins at $32.87/hr, but your offer will be determined based on your education and experience.

Remote Work/Work from Home

This position is not eligible to work remotely, which means that the person hired will be required to work onsite at one of our Childrens Mercy locations and may not work from home.

EEO Employer/Disabled/Vet

Childrens Mercy hires individuals based on their job skills, expertise and ability to maintain professional relationships with fellow employees, patients, parents and visitors. A personal interview, formal education and training, previous work experience, references and a criminal background investigation all are factors used to select the best candidates. The hospital does not discriminate against prospective or current employees based on the race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, creed, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry or veteran status. A drug screen will be performed upon hire. Childrens Mercy is smoke and tobacco free.

Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

CM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our patients and families come from all walks of life, and so do we. We know that our greatest strengths come from the people who make up our team so we hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because its the right thing to do, but because it makes our hospital stronger and our patient care more compassionate.

If you share our values and our enthusiasm for service, you will find a home at CM. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring, including education, ideas, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, languages spoken, veteran status, color, religion, disability and beliefs.

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Requisition ID2024-29375

Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date2 months ago(5/9/2024 4:10 PM)

Posting CategoryResearch


Work TypeFull Time

Work Hours8:00a - 5:00p

FLSA StatusExempt

Location : NameAdele Hall

Recruiter : Full Name: First LastJulie Aust

Recruiter :

Job Tags

Work experience placement, Seasonal work,

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