Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core Director

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

You will be eligible for the following benefits on your first day of employment:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • Institute paid Life and AD&D insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability insurance
  • Voluntary Term Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and dependent care
  • Ten (10) Vacation Days
  • Nine (9) Paid Holidays
  • Full-time employees are awarded the equivalent of 5 days of personal time off (PTO) days at the beginning of each calendar year.  You will receive a pro-rated number of days based on the month in which you begin employment. 
  • 401k Retirement Savings Plan (Eligibility begins the first day of the month after the date of hire.)
  • Parking within the adjacent Michigan Street Development facility, with annual parking fees paid by VAI.
  • Relocation Assistance
Job Description

Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core Director


Van Andel Research Institute (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. Our Core Technologies and Services support more than 330 scientists and staff in on-site laboratories and collaborative partnerships that span the globe. We are currently seeking a Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core Director to join our team of highly experienced and skilled Core Technologies and Services leaders.


The VARI Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core (BBC) is currently staffed by two PhD bioinformatics research scientists and two MS biostatisticians, who provide computational and statistical research support to a growing number of scientists dedicated to studying cancer,  neurodegenerative disease, and epigenetics at Van Andel Research Institute. They process and analyze next generation sequencing data, aid in experimental design, perform statistical modeling, develop and refine novel analytic methods, and serve a critical role in fulfilling the Institute’s core mission of improving health and enhancing lives.


As our Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core Director, your primary responsibility will be to lead this expanding group of energetic, innovative, and diverse scientists in providing efficient, high-quality computational and statistical expertise for VARI laboratories and external organizations in the analysis and interpretation of data.


You will be one of VARI’s principal experts in bioinformatics and/or biostatistics, shaping the design, analysis, interpretation, and visualization of next-generation sequencing data, high-throughput drug screens, and a wide variety of experiments producing diverse types of data.


As the Core Director you will:


  • Direct the day-to-day operations of the BBC;
  • With input from a faculty advisory committee and a faculty advisor, assess and plan the strategic direction of the BBC;
  • Provide consultation and support for the writing and submission of faculty-initiated research grants and manuscripts;
  • Prepare proposals for equipment and personnel grants, which can include internal and external opportunities (e.g. S10s, R50s);
  • Serve as an internal and external spokesperson for the Core, representing the Institution and contributing at a national level;
  • Collaborate with other VARI cores to further promote team science and identify partnerships and synergies with VARI and non-VARI core facilities;
  • Develop educational initiatives including seminars, workshops, and other materials for VARI investigators, research scientists, postdocs, student and staff on established and emerging bioinformatic and biostatistics methods;

What qualifies you to lead this growing team of scientists?


A PhD in a relevant field (e.g. cell or molecular biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics) with five to ten years of management experience in a bioinformatics and/or biostatistics shared resource context in addition to the following:


  • A strong understanding of computational biology and/or biostatistics, both theoretical and applied
  • Familiarity with Linux and high performance compute cluster environments
  • Demonstrated publication record in bioinformatics and/or biostatistics
  • Biological expertise in cancer, neurodegenerative disease, or epigenetics
  • Experience designing, analyzing, and interpreting next-generation sequencing experiments; correlating large-scale clinical, genomic, metabolomics and proteomic datasets; creating and verifying multiplex biomarker signatures; and/or other types of complex data analysis


You also should be a person with the following traits and characteristics:


  • A collaborative and adept communicator with the ability to work in a diverse, customer-based, fee-for-service and interdisciplinary team environment
  • A motivated and hardworking individual with a track record of demonstrated planning and organizational skills
  • A strong commitment to building and maintaining a positive work environment 
  • An innovate and creative approach to science
How to Apply

Does this sound like you? Apply now!


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


  • A cover letter highlighting key qualifications,
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) with complete bibliography,
  • The names and contact information of 3 references,


This position will be open until filled and will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis. If you have any difficulty uploading your application or any questions, please email Eric Miller at


The Van Andel Institute (VAI) is actively striving to diversify its workforce and strongly encourages qualified individuals from underrepresented group to apply. Van Andel Institute is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer.


About Our Organization

Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent biomedical research and science education organization committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, VAI has grown into a premier research and educational institution that supports the work of more than 300 scientists, educators, and staff.


Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), the research division of VAI, is 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’s scientists work in on-site laboratories and participate in collaborative partnerships that span the globe.

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 to 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 walkable 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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