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Postdoctoral Fellow - Van Andel Research Institute

Province: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Deadline: February 28, 2019
Posted: December 11, 2018

Job Description / Duties

The Krawczyk lab, a founding member of this new initiative, has one postdoc position open within the team. The lab aims to understand the mechanisms that regulate immune cell function, with an emphasis on epigenetics and cellular metabolism.

This postdoctoral position is available immediately for a motivated recent PhD graduate who meets the qualifications and description outlined below. The fellow is expected to use and establish cellular and animal models to investigate epigenetic modifiers and/or metabolic pathways and their impact on immune cell phenotype and function. The candidate will investigate the consequences of disrupting these pathways for immune homeostasis, and for protective and pathological inflammation. The candidate will work with Dr. Krawczyk and her research team to identify areas of interest and expertise that will facilitate the highest level of contribution to reach overall project objectives.

Qualifications / Required Skills

You have a PhD in immunology, cell biology, biochemistry, epigenetics, human genetics, physiology, molecular biology, or a relevant discipline. You are independent, motivated with strong communication skills and a true interest in molecular mechanisms that regulate immune cell function including, epigenetics, metabolism, pattern recognition, and disease physiology. You are organized, efficient and are results oriented. Your goal is to be trained, to grow and develop into an independent scientist. You are a leader, and above all, a team player.

As the ideal candidate, you may also have:
Experience with flow cytometry, animal models and standard molecular biology techniques.
Experience using scripting languages (e.g. R, python) and analyzing NGS data (e.g. RNAseq, ChIPseq, ATAC, Hi-C)

Additional Information

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) provides postdoctoral training opportunities to scientists beginning their research careers. The fellowships are to help promising scientists advance their knowledge and research experience and at the same time support the research endeavors of VARI under the mentorship of a VARI Faculty member.

While this project is currently funded, an integral part of postdoctoral training is the process of preparing a research proposal and writing a fellowship application. All VARI Postdoctoral Fellows are encouraged to apply for external funding as soon as it is practical and reasonable after hire. Receiving a fellowship award provides recognition for both the fellow and VARI.

Postdoctoral Fellows at VARI are full-time employees and receive an annual salary. Salary is based on Doctorate/MD receipt date according to a set stipend schedule, which begins at $50,500 up to a maximum of $56,000. 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
Relocation Assistance

Salary: $50,500- $56,000.

Contact Information

Please contact Eric Miller (eric.miller@vai.org) for further information or questions, or if you have any difficulty with the application process.


Employer Profile

The Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) is an independent and world-class biomedical research institute dedicated to determining the fundamental molecular origins of disease and translating those findings into effective therapies. VARI is home to more than 300 scientists and staff that work in on-site laboratories and collaborative partnerships that span the globe.

VARI’s research pillars that are built upon epigenetics, cancer and neuro-degeneration research, has seen the addition of a brand new inter-disciplinary program focusing on metabolism and functional (re)programing, which was formed in late summer 2018.