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Postdoctoral Fellow - Membrane Protein - Lu Lab

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 657-085


Postdoctoral Fellow

Membrane Protein



Multiple postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratories of Dr. Juan Du and Dr. Wei Lü at Van Andel Institute


The Du Laboratory investigates the brain’s intricate signaling network using state-of-the-art structural biology techniques and the Lü Laboratory is interested in understanding how the human body senses external stimuli, conveys the signals to the brain, and generates responses via ion channels.


To address these fundamental questions, their labs use a diverse set of approaches to study the structure and function of these ion channels by combining single-particle cryo-EM, patch-clamp electrophysiology, X-ray crystallography, and other functional approaches. The cryo-EM facility at Van Andel Institute host a Titan Krios equipped with a K3 camera, and a Talos Arctica equipped with a K2 camera.  


Experience in structural biology, membrane protein biochemistry, or ion channel electrophysiology are preferred, but not required.


Interested individuals should send a CV and a cover letter to Wei Lü,


Van Andel Institute (VAI) 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 VAI under the mentorship of a VAI 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 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!


Postdoctoral Fellows at VAI 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 $55,000 up to a maximum of $60,000. 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



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, theatres, 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 endless career opportunities. 

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