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ASSISTANT or ASSOCIATE RESEARCH PROFESSOR /Vision Research Center /UMKC School of Medicine/

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Vision Research Center

UMKC’s nationally recognized Vision Research Center (VRC) is dedicated to advancing and promoting optimal vision health in the community and worldwide. The VRC is an innovative research organization that integrates interdisciplinary collaborative research teams from the Departments of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Sciences at the School of Medicine, as well as faculty from the School of Pharmacy. The teams ­through strong interaction between basic, translational and clinical researchers ­bring discoveries in vision research, disease pathogenesis, and breakthroughs in drug target discovery and therapeutic drug development to patients and their communities.

The UMKC School of Medicine is a partner of the UMKC Health Sciences District . The District strives to be a premier academic health district, engaging in cutting-edge biomedical research and entrepreneurship, delivering state-of-the-science health care, and educating the next generation of health care professionals. UMKC provides unique opportunities for research and health care collaboration across its Schools of:Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing & Health Studies, and Pharmacy as well as University Health physicians, regional health care institutions, and the
University of Missouri System’s NextGen Data Science and Analytics Innovation Center.

Job Description

The Vision Research Center of the School of Medicine seeks a ranked Assistant or Associate Research Professor. This non-tenure track position is an integral member of the vision research team. Job duties and responsibilities include:
  • Provide oversight of and maintain the Biological Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Core Facility including the proteomics and mass spectrometry and ancillary equipment, order routine supplies, prepare technical reports and archive data
  • Train students, staff and faculty in proteomics and mass spectrometry techniques including data analysis
  • Conduct/facilitate research in the field of proteomics and mass spectrometry, contribute to grant applications and fundraising to maintain/expand the core facility and its equipment
  • Conduct collaborative research in the field of proteomics and mass spectrometry with a focus on ocular cell biology as part of NIH- and otherwise funded research projects
    • This involves preparing biological and other specimens for testing and to acquire, analyze and publish related data
  • Collaborate with other investigators in the UMKC Vision Research Center, who are focused on degenerative diseases affecting the eye and/or the retina, on ongoing research projects and contributing to publications as needed
  • Provide service to the School of Medicine and/or the university as appropriate
  • PhD in a field of science relative to research in Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics i.e, biochemistry, analytical chemistry
  • Deep knowledge of protein quantitation approaches (DIA) applied to research and clinical applications
  • At least 2 years experience working in a Biological Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Core Facility with the ability to maintain and troubleshoot proteomics and mass spectrometry equipment
  • Extensive experience in sample preparation, LC-MS operation, troubleshooting, QC, and standardization for proteomics workflows
  • Good understanding of global proteomics, strong theoretical understanding of targeted quantitative proteomics and bioinformatic methods to interpret and validate findings
Anticipated Hiring Range

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience, rank and credentials.

Application Materials

For consideration, you must apply online at , click in Academic Positions (Job Opening ID 47037).

Please combine all application materials (personal letter of interest and applicable experience with accompanying curriculum vitae and a current list of references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as your resume attachments. Limit document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).
  • If you are experiencing technical problems during application, please email .
  • For questions about the position, please contact including the Job Identification number 46298 and name of the position.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.
Finalists will be asked to provide their university transcripts.

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. The position remains open until a qualified candidate is hired.

Other Information

This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible ranked non-tenure track faculty position. This ranked position provides opportunity for ranked promotion.

Our academic workload and schedules promote a positive work/life balance.

Community Information

UMKC is a public, urban, research university with more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. It is part of the larger University of Missouri System. Our university is committed to becoming a model urban university that is recognized for our partnerships with surrounding urban communities to effectively foster a healthy, safe, and more economically secure quality of life.

Kansas City is a diverse and vibrant community with an affordable cost of living. Our 2 UMKC campuses are centered in the hubs of business activity, cultural arts, (some great barbeque and ethnic cuisine!) and health science research engagement for both campuses. As one of the largest cities in Missouri, we are home to national championship sports teams, a rich history of cultural arts and music, NASCAR racing, and a community that is very engaged with and supportive of our university initiatives. Our beautiful state has rolling hills, rivers, lakes, and long bike/hiking trails within and easy drive for those that enjoy time in the great outdoors.

Kansas City offers something for everyone!

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.



The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four universities of the University of Missouri System (UM System), is a doctoral research-intensive public university offering traditional and interdisciplinary programs. The University is designated as a high research activity university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is home to 13 colleges and schools; indeed, few urban universities have the depth and breadth of disciplines (ranging from medicine to the performing arts) offered at UMKC. The University enrolls more than 16,000 students, coming from 48 states and more than 95 countries, in more than 125 academic areas. The student population includes 47% undergraduates, 31% graduates and 22% dual-enrolled HS students. Providing a stimulating classroom experience is paramount at UMKC. The institution’s diverse and international faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field at an impressive 83%. UMKC has earned national and international recognition for the quality of its faculty, students, research and community leadership.

UMKC aspires to be an exemplary public urban research university of the 21st century, pursuing excellence as a human-centric learning and discovery community, fostering equity, diversity and inclusion to enrich the lives of the people and region we serve.

As an urban research university, our mission at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is to promote learning through the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge of public value across a broad spectrum of disciplines and fields of study. UMKC celebrates the individual and embodies diversity and inclusion by intertwining these goals with innovation to enable transformational impact aimed at bringing cultural, social, health, and economic prosperity to the metropolitan, regional and global communities we serve.

The University is located in a Kansas City metropolitan area that is among the most entrepreneurial cities in America with a population of more than 2.4 million and a diverse portfolio of industries and businesses. Home to a diverse base of corporate centers, high-tech firms and prominent non-profits, Kansas City is an inspiring example of 21st century economic transformation, with UMKC sitting at its heart. From thriving corporate headquarters such Garmin to tech startups such as ZOLOZ and ShotTracker, KC’s business community is strong.

Kansas City offers the best of both worlds—a vibrant, urban community with Midwestern appeal. The city’s rich history and its modern-day, innovative thinking come together to create an eclectic group of neighborhoods that offer a little something for everyone. From thriving arts districts, an energetic downtown nightlife, casual to upscale shopping and champion sports teams, you will have no problem making yourself at home. Of course, one of Kansas City’s biggest claims to fame is its food, especially its world-famous barbecue. Foodies will delight in the culinary scene found throughout the city. Ranging from award-winning chefs to cozy pizza joints, Kansas City definitely is not lacking any flavor.

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