Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Signaling and Metabolism

Van Andel Research Institute
Job Location
333 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
47,500 - 54,000

VARI Postdoctoral Fellows are full-time employees of the Institute and are eligible for VAI’s employee benefits. 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 Vacation Days  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.   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

One postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Ning Wu at Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, MI.

 The Wu Laboratory studies glucose and lipid metabolism in diabetes and cancer using many different techniques ranging from basic biochemistry to mouse models. This position will primarily focus on membrane protein expression and purification, single particle cryo-EM, and biophysical/biochemical assays to improve our understanding of how cells/organisms regulate glucose and lipid transport. VARI has state of the art electron microscopes (Titan Krios, Talos, and Arctica) and detectors (K3, Falcon3).

A complete list of Ning Wu’s publication can be found here:


A Ph.D. in biochemistry, and/or molecular and cell biology. 

A strong track record of high-impact peer reviewed publications is highly desirable. 

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 that thinks critically to effectively design experiments and solve complex research problems. A strong ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team environment. A collaborative, hands-on researcher who proactively shares knowledge and expertise with lab members. Excellent written and oral communication skills. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants should apply online through the VAI Careers page by visiting, AND send a cover letter describing research experience and interests, a CV, and contact information for two references to

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.

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