Lab Manager - cryo-EM

Van Andel Research Institute
Job Location
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

Wei Lü, Ph.D., will be joining VARI in January 2017. Dr. Lü’s research will primarily use single particle cryo-EM, together with other biophysical techniques, to study the structure and mechanism of transmembrane receptors on sensory neurons. These receptors are important targets for the development of novel drugs against neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. VARI has state of the art electron microscopes (Titan Krios, Talos Arctica) and detectors (K3, Falcon3).

Dr. Lü is actively seeking a talented Lab Manager, to start in January/February 2017. You will be key in orchestrating and conducting research in his lab.

You would be tasked to:


  • Manage and handle the day-to-day operational activities of the laboratory
  • Participate in and facilitate staff laboratory research projects 
  • Successfully execute his/her own projects
  • Contribute in managing grants and laboratory budgets
  • Provide mentorship for new and more junior staff



Dr. Lü is looking for a person who has the following traits and characteristics:


  • Motivated and hardworking individual that possesses strong planning and organizational skills. This person will need to manage the lab operationally and scientifically.
  • Brings innovation/creative thinking about science.  
  • A strong commitment to building and maintaining a positive work environment. 


This person should possess at a minimum a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred), which is ideally focused on Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related areas. Most important is a hands-on understanding of various molecular biology and biochemistry methods that are used in the lab, such as:


  • molecular cloning, maintaining insect/mammalian cell culture, protein expression and purification
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) 
How to Apply

Apply today and and submit the following:


  • cover letter highlighting key qualifications,
  • current curriculum vitae with complete bibliography,
  • names and contact information of 2 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



VARI is committed to achieving excellence through increasing diversity. We actively encourage applications from women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.

 Van Andel Institute is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer

About Our Organization

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), a leading independent biomedical research facility, 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 300 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. 

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