Children's Mercy KC

Post Doctoral Research Scholar

Requisition ID
Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date
5 months ago(11/27/2023 8:54 AM)
Posting Category
Day shift
Work Type
Full Time
Work Days
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.


We are seeking Postdoctoral Research Scholar applicants who have a strong interest in reproductive biology. Applicants with a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree in the biological sciences and accompanying research experience in the fields of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, etc. are encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral Research Scholars will have opportunities for research training and career development in the context of advancing the basic/translational research goals of the Varberg lab at the Children's Mercy Research Institute (CMRI). The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will conduct high impact research in basic/translational science with special emphasis on placental development. Primary models used in the work are human stem cell models and genetically modified rat models. Experience with rodent or embryo handling, cell culture techniques, and data analysis (bioinformatics) preferred, but not required.


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.


  1. Conduct original laboratory research. Research will be performed in the general areas of cell/molecular biology, genomics, and reproductive biology. Postdoctoral Research Scholar will develop hypotheses and design and carry out laboratory experiments using a variety of research techniques to test those hypotheses under the supervision of his or her research mentors.
  2. Analyze Research Data. Organize data systematically in appropriate databases and use appropriate statistical and other analytical methods to analyze data, summarize findings, draw conclusions from experiments, and identify future directions.
  3. Report Research Results. Present research results within the CMRI at lab meetings and division meetings and externally at regional, national, and international scientific conferences. Publish research results in the form of peer-reviewed abstracts, original research articles and review articles in peer-reviewed journals.
  4. Continuing Education, Career/Professional Development, and Grant Writing. Postdoctoral Research Scholar will attend and participate in mandatory Children’s Mercy educational programs, division meetings, scholarly conferences, and visiting lecturer seminar series. Attend external career/professional development opportunities, training courses (e.g., grant writing workshops, etc.). Assemble and meet with a mentoring team 2x/year and prepare and submit grant applications (e.g., NIH F32, Lalor Foundation, etc.). Other specific responsibilities include:
  1. Fulfill mandatory education requirements by personal attendance or online training (e.g., animal

training, compliance training, biohazardous material training, etc.).

  1. Participate in Lab and Division meetings.
  2. Attend scholarly conferences or visiting lecturer seminars at Children’s Mercy
  3. Attend external career/professional development opportunities when applicable.
  4. Mentoring team meetings 2x/year.
  5. Prepare and submit grant applications if applicable 


  • Ph.D. or MD or related doctoral level degree in a relevant discipline and 1-2 years experience

Starting Pay



Remote Work/Work from Home

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


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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