Assistant or Associate Professor - Nurtitional or Metabolic Epigenetics

Van Andel Research Institute
Job Location
333 Bostwick NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • 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

Job Description

Assistant or Associate Professor in Nutritional or Metabolic Epigenetics

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) is seeking to hire an exceptional scientist as an Assistant or Associate Professor in our Center for Epigenetics.  

As an Assistant or Associate Professor we would expect you to have expertise in Nutritional or Metabolic Epigenetics and establish a highly productive, externally funded and internationally recognized research program.

We welcome applications from scientists with a strong background in studies of dietary influences on epigenetics in humans or model systems, the interface between obesity or microbiome and epigenetics, or metabolic interactions with epigenetic regulators.

VARI is a leading independent biomedical research facility dedicated to determining the epigenetic, genetic, molecular and cellular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases, and translating those findings into effective therapies. The Institute is home to more than 330 scientists and support staff that work in on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe. Within VARI, Van Andel Institute Graduate School develops future leaders in biomedical research through a PhD program in cell and molecular biology, genetics, and epigenetics.

The Center for Epigenetics is home to world-class experts in advancing basic epigenetics discovery, epigenetic mechanisms in disease, and the translation and development of epigenetic therapies.

VARI has partnered with Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) to form the VARI-SU2C Epigenetics Dream Team, co-led by VARI Research Director Peter Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc. and Stephen Baylin, M.D. (Johns Hopkins University/VARI). Adding to existing strength with Steven Triezenberg, Ph.D. (HSV epigenetics) and Stefan Jovinge M.D/Ph.D. (cardiomyocyte regeneration in stem cells), the rapid expansion of this Center includes the recent recruitment of senior faculty Peter Laird, Ph.D. (principal investigator, TCGA), Gerd Pfeifer, Ph.D. (CpG island hypermethylation), and Piroska Szabó, Ph.D. (developmental reprogramming). VARI has also recruited exceptional young investigators Hui Shen, Ph.D. (epigenomics and bioinformatics), and Scott Rothbart, Ph.D. (chromatin interactions).

The Center for Epigenetics is complemented by, and intentionally overlaps, the basic discovery, disease, and clinical expertise of VARI’s Center for Cancer and Cell Biology and Center for Neurodegenerative Science, with recent recruitments of Viviane Labrie, Ph.D. (neuroepigenetics), and Gerry Coetzee, Ph.D. (enhancer genomics). These Centers are all supported by outstanding core technologies and services.

Selection criteria for this position will include a record of scientific productivity as evidenced by citable publications, future research vision, funding potential, teaching ability and managerial skills. VARI faculty members are expected to establish highly productive and internationally recognized research programs.

How to Apply

To apply, please go to the following link: . Applicants should submit the following:


  • cover letter highlighting key qualifications,

  • current curriculum vitae with complete bibliography,

  • names and contact information of 3 references,

  • a one or two page research statement and a list of the three publications that best epitomize the relevant skills of the applicant


VAI is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity and actively encourages applications from women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.

This position will be open until filled. The first review date will begin the final week of April 2015. Please apply by this date to receive full consideration. If you have any difficulty uploading your application or any questions, please email Eric Miller at [email protected]

About Our Organization

Van Andel Research Institute is located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI which is the second largest city in Michigan and the largest city in West Michigan. Grand Rapids offers a remarkable combination of cosmopolitan atmosphere and small town warmth, known for its philanthropic and sustainability-driven community, and is ranked one of "America's Top 100 Places to Live."

Located on the banks of the Grand River, Grand Rapids offers all the big-city excitement you'd expect from a million-resident metropolis, featuring hundreds of restaurants and nightspots, theatres, museums, sports and concerts. The safe and clean downtown is surrounded by an eclectic mix of walk-able neighborhoods. 

With a medical and life sciences industry boom, strong entrepreneurial activity, dedication to green building and living, and innovative employers, Grand Rapids' diverse economy continues to grow, offering endless career opportunities.

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