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Postdoctoral Fellow in Immunology, Epigenetics and Cellular Metabolism

Van Andel Institute
Grand Rapids, MI
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Immunology, Epigenetics and Cellular Metabolism

The laboratory of Dr. Connie Krawczyk at the Van Andel Institute (VAI) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow. The Krawczyk 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 PhD who has graduated within the past 3 years and 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 hematopoiesis, 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.

Why choose the Krawczyk Lab?
  • As a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab, you will have the opportunity to develop expertise in epigenomics, metabolomics, and mouse models of infection.
  • The Krawczyk lab is a strong team environment using a collaborative approach to most projects.
  • Individualized training and development plan will be established and customized considering the individual's career goals.
  • Collaborations will be encouraged, and conference attendance strongly recommended.
  • Krawczyk Lab is part of the T32 program at VAI. Eligible candidates interested in this program are encouraged to apply.

  • A PhD in immunology, cell biology, biochemistry, epigenetics, human genetics, physiology, molecular biology, or a relevant discipline.
  • Independent and 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.
  • Organized, efficient and results oriented.
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability and willingness to approach science and day to day activities with a collaborative mindset as 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)

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 VAI 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 VAI.

Why join Van Andel Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow?

Postdoctoral fellows are a crucial part of Van Andel Institute's efforts to improve the health and enhance the lives of current and future generations. Postdoctoral Fellows are full-time employees and receive a competitive annual salary. This salary is determined based on Doctorate/MD receipt date according to a set stipend schedule, which begins at $57,200 and up to $61,360. Applicants with exceptional qualifications may be considered for other salary scales.

Along with the competitive salary, our Postdoctoral Fellows are eligible for VAI benefits, including:
  • 401 K retirement savings plans with employee/employer contributions
  • 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
  • Paid vacation, holidays, personal days
  • Relocation Assistance

VAI recognizes that selecting where to complete a postdoctoral fellowship is a significant decision for postdoctoral fellows. VAI has a dedicated Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, which provides a comprehensive professional development program.

The Institute is located in fun, affordable and family-friendly Grand Rapids, MI. Located on the banks of the Grand River, Grand Rapids offers all the big-city excitement you'd expect from a million-resident metropolis, featuring hundreds of restaurants and nightspots, theaters, museums, sports and concerts. The safe and clean downtown is surrounded by an eclectic mix of walkable neighborhoods.

With a medical and life sciences industry boom, strong entrepreneurial activity, dedication to green building and living, and innovative employers, Grand Rapids' diverse economy continues to grow, offering exceptional career opportunities, green building and living, and innovative employers.

Application Process:

If you possess these attributes and desire to help us drive science from the bench to the clinic; we would welcome speaking with you and encourage you to apply online today:
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your research achievements and current and future goals.
  • 3 references (name, relationship, contact email and phone number)

If you have questions about the application process or working at VAI you are welcome to email Megan Doerr, Talent Acquisition Specialist at

At Van Andel Institute, the health and safety of our people is our number one priority. As a condition of employment at Van Andel Institute, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. "Full vaccination" is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered.

VAI is committed to achieving excellence through increasing diversity. We actively encourage applications from women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.

Van Andel Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer.

As Van Andel Institute is a drug and alcohol-free employer, all prospective new employees undergo a urinalysis/drug test as part of our pre-employment process. This is a 7-panel drug screen and it includes testing for Marijuana, Cocaine, Amphetamines, Opiates, PCP, Barbiturates, and Benzodiazepines.
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