Epigenetic Postdoctoral Researcher

Van Andel Research Institute
Job Location
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
$45,500 - $52,000
  • 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

The Van Andel Research Institute has a position available for one Postdoctoral Fellow under the direction of Peter W. Laird, Ph.D.


The Laird Lab's long-term goal is to develop a detailed understanding of the molecular basis of human cancer, with a particular emphasis on the role of epigenetics, using genomic technologies and mouse genetics.


A major focus of this position will be to implement advanced technology for low-input bisulfite sequencing, with applications in studies of human tumor epigenetic heterogeneity, cancer detection in patient plasma samples, and single cell epigenomics in mouse models.


This postdoctoral position is available in June 2016 for a motivated PhD graduate who meets the qualifications and description outlined below.

Description of a Successful Candidate:

  • A “team” focused scientist
  • A self-motivated and driven individual who is able to exhibit exceptional research productivity and take responsibility for independent management of the project
  • A detail-oriented researcher who thinks critically to effectively design experiments and solve complex research problems
  • A strong ability to take initiative and work independently
  • A collaborative, hands-on researcher who proactively shares knowledge and expertise with lab members and has an interest in helping junior lab members
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A Ph.D. graduate with experience and publications in the fields ofmolecular biology, cancer genomics, and/or mouse genetics.
    • An ideal candidate will have experience with various molecular biology techniques (i.e. DNA/RNA work, PCR, qPCR, Western blot), cell culture and/or mouse models.
    • Must provide the names of three individuals who can provide recommendations and present a scientific seminar describing his or her previous research. 
How to Apply

Qualified applicants should provide a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and address of three references.

Apply at  http://bit.ly/Postdoc-VARI

About Our Organization

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) is a leading independent biomedical research facility and 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 is home to more than 330 scientists and support staff that work in on-site laboratories and 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 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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