About Van Andel Institute
VAI is an independent biomedical research organization in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their research encompasses five central themes: epigenetics, neurodegenerative science, metabolism and nutrition, cell biology, and structural biology. Postdoctoral fellows are a crucial part of VAI’s efforts to improve the health and enhance the lives of current and future generations. All VAI postdocs receive:
- Mentorship from world-renowned principal investigators.
- Access to state-of-the-art research spaces and an extensive suite of Core Technologies and Services.
- Support from a dedicated Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, which provides a comprehensive professional development program.
Postdoc Preview (Sept. 15–17, 2022)
Postdoc Preview is a three-day competitive program that provides selected applicants the opportunity to visit VAI to learn about their postdoc training opportunities, meet one-on-one with internationally recognized faculty and explore their extensive scientific resources.
- VAI will provide transportation, lodging and meals for selected applicants. We also are pleased to offer family care grants for those caring for children or other family members.
- Eligibility: Applicants must be current graduate students at U.S. institutions who anticipate beginning a postdoc by January 2024. Individuals who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
- Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 1.
- More information and the application may be found here.
Cancer Epigenetics Training program (funded by a National Cancer Institute T32 award)
- Offers cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research training in structural and functional aspects of epigenetics, complemented by state-of-the-art Core Technologies and Services, unique professional development activities, and integration with established translational research programs and partnerships led by VAI investigators.
- Prepares postdocs to become independent research leaders in the field of cancer epigenetics.
- Eligibility: Applicants must be near completion of a Ph.D., M.D. or other appropriate terminal degree Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Individuals who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
- More information and the application can be found here.
- Supports postdocs who identify as members of underrepresented racial or ethnic groups as they finish preparing to be independent research leaders in academia or industry.
- Provides $50,000 per year toward the Inspire Fellow’s salary, which starts at $57,200. Support is renewable for up to two additional years (so three years total).
- Inspire Fellows form a cohort that meets for monthly professional development events.
- Eligibility: Applicants must be within 12 months of completing a Ph.D., M.D. or other appropriate terminal degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who identify as members of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group as defined by NIH.
- Application opens on Aug. 1 and closes on Oct. 31.
More information and the application can be found here.