Children's Mercy KC

Post Doctoral Research Scholar

Requisition ID
Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date
9 months ago(11/11/2021 4:56 PM)
Posting Category
Work Type
Full Time
Work Hours
FLSA Status
Location : Name
Adele Hall
Recruiter : Full Name: First Last
Julie Aust
Recruiter : Email

Thanks for your interest in Children's Mercy!

Do you envision finding a meaningful role with an inclusive and compassionate team? At Children’s 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.


Children’s 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 children’s 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 is a two-year appointment (with possible renewal) to further the research goals of the Children's Mercy Research Institute, specifically within the “Genomic Answers for Kids” (GA4K) program. The Post-Doctoral Research Scholar will work within the Smail Lab ( on the development of computational and statistical methods toward improving understanding of the genomics of rare diseases. The Post-Doctoral Research Scholar will process, analyze, integrate, and interpret data from high-throughput sequencing data generated in-house (in particular using a rapidly growing resource of high-coverage PacBio HiFi genomes (n=121 as of 10/21) for the discovery and analysis of structural variants in rare diseases), as well as from public reference datasets. The successful candidate must have experience in command line environments, statistical analysis (R or python) and processing of large-scale genomic data (e.g. WES/WGS, RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq).


At Children’s 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, it’s 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 Children’s 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 become a finalist for this position, and have any concerns about receiving these vaccines, medical and/or religious exemptions can be further discussed with Human Resources.


  • Perform supervised and independent scientific analysis utilizing expertise in analysis of genomic data and knowledge of best practices
  • By analyzing data to generate scientific insights using public and novel software tools, databases and statistical analytical methods. By developing novel algorithms and software programs. By regular collaboration with PI to review data, refine analysis algorithms and methods, contribute to experimental design and define next steps.

  • Design and develop bioinformatics capability including data analysis pipelines, knowledgebases, user interfaces, algorithms and databases to support ongoing research projects


  • Ph.D. or MD or related doctoral level degree in a relevenat discipline and 1-2 years experience.
  • Highly proficient with one or more of R or Python, and command-line interface (e.g. bash)

  • Highly collaborative and independent, ability to show initiative to build scientific collaborations within the lab and across internal teams and external consortium-based initiatives

  • Demonstrate good computational research practices (e.g. log files; code commenting; versioning control; up-to-date lab notebook), and be in a position to make key information available to others upon request, and planning for eventual release of code to public repositories (e.g. GitHub)

  • Organizational and project management skills; Written and oral communication; The ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

  • Communicate results to internal and external audiences

Starting Pay

We follow NIH Guidelines for all Post Doc positions

Remote Work/Work from Home

This is an intermittent remote position, which means that the person hired will work with his or her manager to determine a schedule that includes both at home and on-site hours at a Children’s Mercy location. The incumbent must live in the Kansas City metro area.


EEO Employer/Disabled/Vet

Children’s 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. Children’s 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 it’s 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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