Postdoctoral Researcher - Musculoskeletal Oncology

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

Van Andel Research Institute’s Laboratory of Musculoskeletal Oncology has a position available for one Postdoctoral Fellow.

Laboratory of Musculoskeletal Oncology focuses on developing new treatment strategies for sarcomas including NF1-related tumors. Specifically, we are interested in candidates with a background in molecular biology and animal modeling as it relates to RAS signaling.

This postdoctoral position is available immediately for a motivated PhD graduate who meets the qualifications and description outlined below. The fellow is expected to use and establish cellular and animal models to investigate RAS-mediated genetic disease and related tumor pathology.

The overall goal of the project is to advance diagnosis and treatment options for NF1-related tumors. The work will be necessarily translational in nature with a focus on modeling human disease and establishing novel treatment options by identifying the critical cellular and molecular events involved in NF1 pathogenesis. The candidate will work with Dr. Steensma and his research team to identify areas of interest and expertise that will facilitate the highest level of contribution to reach overall project objectives.

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.

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!

Position Status and Salary: Full-time, non-exempt position. Salary determined based on Doctorate/MD receipt date according to a set stipend schedule, which begins at $42,000 up to a maximum of $50,000. Benefits include:
- 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 biology, pharmacology, or cell signaling. Experience and publications in NF1 and/or Ras-related research strongly preferred.
- An ideal candidate will have experience with mouse modeling and research techniques including primary cell culture, protein, RNA, and DNA work.
- Must provide at least three (3) letters of recommendation and present a scientific seminar describing his or her pre-doctoral research.

Description of a Successful Candidate:
- A hands-on researcher and a natural collaborator comfortable interacting at all levels
- A team player who proactively shares knowledge and expertise with lab members
- A detail oriented researcher who still keeps a clear grasp of the big picture
- A driven individual who is able to exhibit exceptional research productivity and take responsibility for independent management of the project

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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.

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