Research Informatics Specialist Associate

Van Andel Research Institute
Job Location
333 Bostwick AVE NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • 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
  • Ten (10) Vacation Days
  • 5 days of personal time off (PTO) days at the beginning of each calendar year.  
  • Nine (9) Holidays
  • 401k Retirement Savings Plan (Eligibility begins the first day of the month after the date of hire.)
  • Paid parking 
Job Description

Finding the cancer therapies of tomorrow requires visionary thinking and innovative research today. The Van Andel Research Institute–Stand Up To Cancer (VARI–SU2C) Epigenetics Dream Team fosters collaboration between several of the world’s most respected research institutions in an effort to translate scientific discoveries into new standards of patient care. The goal is simple—get new and more effective cancer therapies to patients faster.


We are looking to add an integral member to our team who will join a fast-paced department and be able to juggle multiple and evolving priorities.


We are a small, agile, and cross-functional team – so we need a dynamic self-starter to hit the ground running and work well in a fluid, collaborative setting!


As a Research Informatics Specialist Associate on our team, you will be responsible for managing and overseeing clinical trial correlative research projects. We currently are involved in six ongoing multi-institutional early phase trials involving epigenetics agents used in combination in hematologic and solid tumor malignancies with robust correlative research efforts. All of these trials are conducted in partnership with our member institutions, including Fox Chase, Johns Hopkins, Memorial Sloan Kettering, University of Copenhagen/Rigshospitalet, University of Southern California, University of Maryland, and Temple University. Additionally, we rely and value our rich partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry. Learn more about VARI-SU2C here.


Duties include, but not limited to:


Managing Correlative Research Projects


  • Plan, coordinate, and oversee the execution of correlative research coordinated by VARI for the VARI-SU2C program.
  • In a customer service-oriented manner discuss the plans for correlative research, data analysis, and deliverables with the clinical trial PIs, consortium members, VARI investigators and research staff, and collaborators.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of correlative research SOPs including raw assay analyses, data upload, data storage, genomic data storage, clinical data coding/de-identification, etc.



Bioinformatics & Data Management


  • Oversee the development of data hub for VARI-SU2C consortium.
  • Interpret bioinformatics data.
  • Oversee database and report setup, as well as processing and cleaning correlative research data, following all applicable standard and study-specific procedures.

The Education and Skills We Expect You to Possess:


  • A Ph.D. or M.S. degree in life science or computer science, with a degree in computational biology preferred.
  • 3 -5 years of experience of translational research experience, specifically related in genetic and epigenetic sequencing assays
  • Previous data analysis project management leadership experience. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of command line bioinformatics software and basic knowledge of data pipelines. Knowledge of database design (e.g., SQL, Access, etc.). 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills and significant customer service background and skills. 



The following are what we would expect you to be able to achieve within the first 6 months.

1 month – Orient to the planned and ongoing VARI-SU2C trials and their correlative research goals

3 months – Establish a plan for correlative research assay execution and data delivery

6 months – Develop and implement correlative research SOPs 

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume as a single combined PDF file by visiting



In your cover letter, please outline your skills and applicable experience, your future career goals, and how these factors fit with the position described.



VAI is actively striving to diversify its workforce and strongly encourages qualified individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Van Andel Institute is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer.

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 360 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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