Postdoctoral Fellow

Van Andel Research Institute
Job Location
333 Bostwick NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
45,500- 52,000
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage

  • Employer-sponsored life and AD&D insurance

  • 401K retirement savings plans with employee/employer contributions

  • Paid vacation, holidays, personal days

Job Description

The MacKeigan Lab within Van Andel Research Institute’s Center for Cancer and Cell Biology has a position available for one Postdoctoral Fellow.  This postdoctoral position is available for a motivated PhD graduate who meets the description outlined below.  The fellow will investigate autophagy in the context of KRAS-driven lung cancer using live cell microscopy and flow cytometry.


Description of an Ideal Candidate:

  • A Ph.D. graduate with experience and publications in molecular biology and/or cell signaling

  • A team player who shares knowledge with lab members

  • A collaborator who is confident interacting with researchers from other disciplines

  • An effective communicator who will contribute to a fun and positive work environment

  • Creative, motivated, collaborative, and optimistic, with a strong desire to impact human health


Job Functions:

The scope of this fellowship project includes mammalian cell culture, dissection of relevant signaling pathways, live-cell/confocal microscopy and quantitation, RNAi, gene-editing, and flow cytometry. The candidate will work with Dr. MacKeigan and collaborators at Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop a model of autophagy-mediated survival in chemoresistant lung cancer.


For more information about the MacKeigan Lab, please visit:

How to Apply

To Apply

Prepare a cover letter that illustrates your research experience and interests, and what you bring to this role. We want to know:

  • Why should we hire you?What unique experience do you bring that aligns with the above job?

  • Why are you passionate about research?

Please submit this letter to along with a curriculum vitae, and the names and address of three references.  Cover letters must cover the above areas to be considered!

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 200 scientists and support staff that work in on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe.

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