Postdoctoral Fellow - Metastasis & Microenvironment

Van Andel Research Institute
Job Location: 
Grand Rapids, MI
42,000 - 50,000
Job Description: 

Van Andel Research Institute’s Laboratory for Tumor Microenvrionment and Metastasis has a position available for one Postdoctoral Fellow.

The Laboratory for Tumor Microenvironment and Metastases is committed to understanding the role of tumor microenvironments (primary vs secondary) effect on cancer bone metastases, with the ultimate goal of developing early diagnosis and treatment strategies for breast and prostate cancer bone metastases.

This postdoctoral position is available immediately for a highly motivated Ph.D. graduate with the appropriate experience and track record in the fields of cancer and bone biology, immunology or a related discipline. The postdoctoral fellow will primarily focus on a funded project from the Department of Defense; he/she will be also expected to develop future funding projects focused on breast/prostate cancer bone metastases under a mentor committee led by the head of the Laboratory.

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) provides postdoctoral training opportunities to scientists beginning their research careers. The fellowships are to help promising scientists advance their knowledge and research experience and at the same time support the research endeavors of VARI under the mentorship of a VARI Faculty member. Postdoctoral fellows are appointed for a limited period of time, usually three years but no more than five years.

While this project is currently funded, an integral part of postdoctoral training is the process of preparing a research proposal and writing a fellowship application. All VARI Postdoctoral Fellows are encouraged to apply for external funding as soon as it is practical and reasonable after hire. Receiving a fellowship award provides recognition for both the fellow and VARI.

A successful candidate is a motivated and enthusiastic scientist who enjoys working in a fast-paced collaborative laboratory environment. He or she must be able to prioritize and exhibit exceptional research productivity.

Salary Range: Salary determined based on Doctorate/MD receipt date according to a set salary schedule, which begins at $42,000 up to a maximum of $50,000.
This individual will also be eligible for the following Benefits:
 Medical, dental and vision coverage
 Employer-sponsored life and AD&D insurance
 Additional voluntary life and AD&D insurance for employees and dependents
 Short-term and long-term disability insurance
 Flexible-spending accounts for health and child/elder care
 401 K retirement savings plans with employee/employer contributions
 Paid vacation, holidays, personal days


 A Ph.D. graduate with experience and publications in the fields of cancer and bone biology, immunology or a related discipline.
 Successfully presented a recruitment seminar and provided at least three (3) letters of recommendation.

Contact Information: 

Application Process:
Qualified applicants should provide a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and address of three references.

To apply to this opportunity please visit or email Dr. Xiaohong Li at

About Our Organization: 

Van Andel Institute (VAI) conducts biomedical research, with a focus on cancer and Parkinson’s disease and also emphasizes translating scientific research results into clinical applications. VAI is located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is acknowledged as one of the leading independent research institutes expanding the life science industry in this region. Collaborative partnerships among world-class health care, research, and educational organizations have led to dramatic growth in the life sciences sector in the region, making Grand Rapids a career destination choice in this area.