FACS Research Specialist

Organization: 
Van Andel Research Institute
Job Location: 
Grand Rapids, MI
Job Description: 

SUMMARY
The Jovinge Group is seeking a FACS Specialist in their Cardiovascular Research Program. Based on trail-blazing research in endogenous cardiac regeneration, the Cardiovascular Research Program has two main research objectives; to unravel cardiac progenitors during both development stages and in adults for regenerative therapies in the heart and to identify the source and mechanisms of inherent adult generation of caridomyocytes in the human heart.

The Jovinge Group is seeking an individual to focus overseeing and conducting analysis on the BD Influx cell sorter flow cytometry platform.

RESPONSIBILITIES
This position will report to the Principal Investigator and be responsible for the seven-laser FACS BD Influx HEPA platform.

Some key areas of responsibility include:
 Analyzing and sorting samples for surface and intra-cellular markers, cytokine, and DNA content.
 Monitor the BD Influx instrument and ensure quality performance of the equipment and reagents.
 Mentoring and provide training to other technicians in flow cytometry techniques and use of the BD Influx instrument.

QUALIFICATIONS
 M.Sc. in a related discipline with relevant lab experience; Ph.D. is preferred.
 Good oral and written communication skills
 Good organizational skills
 Ability to work independently and in a team environment

POSITION STATUS AND SALARY
This is a full-time, non-exempt position. The hourly rate will be commensurate with education, relevant work experience, and other qualifications.
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

HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should submit the following items as a single combined PDF file through our online submission system at https://vai-careers.silkroad.com/vaiext/EmploymentListings.html.

1. A cover letter outlining your research background, research interests, future career goals, and how these factors fit with the current research in the Jovinge Group’s Cardiovascular Research Program.
2. A recent Curriculum Vitae.
3. A list of 3 individuals and their contact information that have agreed to act as referees.

Contact Information: 

Please apply for this opening directly, by visiting: http://bit.ly/1qGOtDj

Please contact Eric Miller at eric.miller@vai.org with any questions regarding this opening.