Careers at the Institute

The Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute attracts talented scientists by providing exciting research opportunities and the freedom to pursue the unknown.

We offer an excellent benefit package including health insurance, generous retirement plan, disability and life insurance coverage, competitive vacation/holiday policies, and pre-tax spending accounts.

Imagine yourself in a dynamic environment utilizing cutting-edge techniques advancing science for generations.

Current Openings



 The Donor Relations Coordinator is part of the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) Advancement team and is responsible for the design and implementation of HWI’s stewardship and donor relations, which underscores the institution’s appreciation for and value of philanthropic support. Through personal communications and meetings, the Donor Relations Coordinator helps the advancement staff retain and grow its donor base. The position is also the advancement team’s primary point of contact for the Institute’s endowed faculty positions and planned giving. The Donor Relations Coordinator also assists in the planning and execution of key events.

This position is half-time and has flexibility in scheduling.


  • Assist in the design of donor relations strategies and policies. Oversee all aspects of stewardship, including giving reporting, growth in donor base, and establishing a planned giving initiative. The coordinator will establish reporting and documentation of the stewardship activities to assist in evaluating success of various methods used.
  • Coordinate annual outreach effort with aims to educate donors and expand their knowledge on HWI’s successes and initiatives.
  • Encourage visits to the Institute by donors and prospective donors and connect them with HWI faculty members.
  • Work collaboratively with Advancement staff and the HWI Board Development Committee and report to the Chief Operating Officer.


Bachelor’s Degree in business, communications, marketing or related field required. At least five years’ experience in nonprofit communications or donor relations or equivalent combination of education and experience.


This position requires an ability think strategically about donor engagement. Excellent social skills, with large groups as well as with individuals, are required. To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient in Microsoft Office applications. Knowledge of relational databases is highly desirable.

Travel and working weekends and evenings on scheduled donor-related programs, events and projects may be required.

 Interested candidates should submit resumes/applications to 



The Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) invites applications for a full time Research Scientist in the areas of structural, computational, or molecular biology. The Institute seeks exceptional faculty candidates who will direct an independently funded research program in important areas of human biology, health or disease.

A startup package will be provided to each individual hired. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant field and a strong record of scientific productivity. The position is open to candidates at the junior faculty level but senior level candidates will also be considered.

HWI recently celebrated its 60th year as an independent research institute and expects to make several new hires over the next few years. Located in Buffalo, New York, HWI is at the heart of the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and partners with the University at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the Kaleida Health System. It also has links to industry, houses a gene to structure company, HarkerBIO, and operates the IMCA-CAT beamline at the Advanced Photon Source.

Candidates are encouraged to develop academic and potentially industrial collaborations. Interested candidates should send, as a single PDF file, a complete curriculum vitae, a statement of research accomplishments, an outline of future research plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent separately to: Search Committee, Hauptman-Woodward Institute, 700 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, or by Email to  


A postdoctoral position at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (HWI) is offered in the laboratory of Dr. Aviv Paz, starting at the summer of 2018. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate that is passionate about solving structures and applying the structural insights gained for the understanding of biological processes. The main focus of the lab is the structure, function and dynamics of transmembrane transport proteins, and most of our effort is dedicated to the structural and functional characterization of structurally unresolved human transporters. In order to study these biomedically relevant and challenging targets we employ a vast array of structural-biology, biophysical and biochemical methods. The Paz Laboratory is part of HWI and as such we enjoy access to the versatile equipment, expertise and facilities that the HWI has to offer (see This position is fully funded but the successful candidate will be strongly encouraged to apply for independent funding.

The candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree, have a strong background in protein biochemistry or structural-biology and be the first author of at least one publication. Experience in protein expression, purification and biochemical characterization are required. Prior experience in the membrane protein field or mammalian expression systems (either yeast or cell-lines) is an added advantage.

To apply:
Please send an e-mail to and attach a short C.V. (2 pages max), a summary of previous research experience, and contact information of two references.


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