Assistant or Associate Professor in Nutritional or Metabolic 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.