Postdoctoral Fellow - cryo-EM

Van Andel Research Institute
Job Location
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
$47,000 - $52,000
  • 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
  • Vacation, PTO, Holiday Pay
  • Relocation Assistance
  • 401k Retirement 
Job Description

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the lab of Wei Lü at Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, MI.


The Lü Laboratory will primarily use single particle cryo-EM, together with other biophysical/biochemical 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).


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 of two references to


A complete list of Wei Lü’s publication can be found here:


If you have any difficulty uploading your application or any questions, please email Eric Miller at

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.

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."

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