Postdoctoral Fellow - Cancer Epigenetics

Van Andel Institute   •  

Grand Rapids, MI

Industry: Education, Government & Non-Profit


Not Specified years

Posted 62 days ago

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A major focus of this position will be to investigate the role epigenetics play in the development and evolution of ovarian cancer with advanced genome-scale technologies.

This postdoctoral position is available immediately for a motivated PhD graduate who meets the qualifications and description outlined below.


  • A Ph.D. graduate with experience and publications in the fields of molecular biology, cancer genomics, and/or cell biology, motivated to pursue studies for molecular mechanisms underlying ovarian cancer.
  • An ideal candidate will have experience with or is motivated to learn various molecular biology techniques (i.e. next generation sequencing library preparation, PCR, qPCR, etc.), cell culture and/or histological techniques.
  • Must provide the names of three individuals who can provide recommendations and present a scientific seminar describing his or her previous research.

Description of a Successful Candidate:

  • A "team" focused scientist
  • 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 who thinks critically to effectively design experiments and solve complex research problems
  • A strong ability to take initiative and work independently
  • A collaborative, hands-on researcher who proactively shares knowledge and expertise with lab members and has an interest in helping junior lab members
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Job Functions: 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 determined based on Doctorate/MD receipt date according to a set stipend schedule. Applicants with exceptional qualifications may be considered for other salary scales.

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

Application Process:

Qualified applicants should provide a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and address of three references.