Neurobiology Laboratory Manager

Van Andel Research Institute
Job Location
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Benefits include:

  • 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

Van Andel Research Institute has seen immense growth in the past year, hiring over 6 new Principle Investigators to start research labs with the goal of improving health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations.

One of these new Principle Investigators, Viviane Labrie Ph.D., will be joining VARI in March 2016. Dr. Labrie’s research focuses on exploring the complex interplay between genetic and epigenetic features, and how the dysregulation of this interactive network contributes to psychiatric disorders and neurodegenerative illnesses. Her research will look at the combined effect of genetic factors, genomic regulatory elements, epigenetic marks and 3D chromatin architecture in schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

To ensure Dr. Labrie is able to continue to direct research studies that will benefit understanding of disease mechanisms and generate novel therapeutic strategies, she is actively seeking a talented Lab Manager, to start in March 2016. You will be key in orchestrating and conducting research in her lab.


You would be Dr. Labrie’s right hand person in the laboratory and 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. Labrie 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. 

  • Most importantly, is committed to the mission of improving outcomes for patients with psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.


    This person should possess at a minimum a Master’s Degree, which is ideally focused on neuroscience or molecular biology. Most important is a hands-on understanding of various methods that is used in the lab to investigate disease mechanisms and identify novel therapeutic targets, such as:

  • Working knowledge of most molecular biology techniques, such as PCR, DNA/RNA extraction), cell culture, western blotting, qPCR, etc. Familiarity with next-generation sequencing library preparation and epigenetic techniques would be advantageous

  • Proficiency with MS Office applications (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) and other common software (Adobe, Photoshop). In addition, experience with basic scripting, data analysis and biological databases would be preferred

How to Apply

If you possess these attributes and desire to help us drive science from the bench to the clinic; while benefiting from a highly generous compensation package; we would welcome speaking with you and encourage you to apply today by visiting!  


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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