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Postdoctoral Fellow – Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis - X. Li Lab

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 610-085



Postdoctoral Fellow – Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis


We are looking for a motivated postdoctoral fellow to join the Laboratory of Xiaohong Li, Ph.D. at Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, MI.


The Li Laboratory is committed to determine the roles of tumor microenvironment, specifically, bone, effects on tumor dormancy and cancer metastases. Our long-term goal is to prevent, control, or cure cancer progression and metastasis through targeting the tumor microenvironment. Our special expertise and approach include generating unique genetic-engineered mouse models for in vivo and in vitro studies.


This postdoctoral position is available IMMEDIATELY and is for a motivated scientist who meets the qualifications and description outlined below. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, you will start with a R01 funded research studying the influence of bone microenvironment on drug resistance in cancer bone metastasis and develop new project on determining how bone microenvironment regulates tumor dormancy.


Description of a Successful Candidate:

  • A Ph.D. graduate with experience in the fields of cancer, bone biology, immunology, pharmacology or a related discipline.
  • Solid research background in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology.
  • A self-motivated and scientific curiosity driven individual who can exhibit excellent understanding and take responsibility for independent management of the project.
  • A detail-oriented researcher that thinks critically to effectively design experiments and solve research problems.
  • A strong ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team environment.
  • A collaborative, hands-on researcher who proactively shares knowledge and expertise with lab members.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


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!


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.


If you possess these attributes and desire to help us drive science from the bench to the clinic; while benefiting from a highly generous compensation package; we would welcome speaking with you and encourage you to apply today.


If you have any difficulty uploading your application or any questions, please email Eric Miller at


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 Grand Rapids, MI

Van Andel Research Institute is located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI which is the second largest city in Michigan and the largest city in West Michigan. Grand Rapids offers a remarkable combination of cosmopolitan atmosphere and small-town warmth, known for its philanthropic and sustainability-driven community, and is ranked one of "America's Top 100 Places to Live."


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 walk-able 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 endless career opportunities.