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Postdoctoral Fellow - Wu Laboratory

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 710-085

One postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Ning Wu at Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, MI.


The Wu Laboratory studies glucose and lipid metabolism in metabolic disease and aging, particularly how diet affects inflammation which plays a role in development of many diseases. The lab is ultimately interested in identifying early signs of metabolic dysfunction to delay or prevent age-related health issues such as diabetes, neurodegeneration, and cancer. We use many different systems and techniques in our studies: genetic models, tissue culture, genomics, metabolomics, biochemical assays, and protein structural analysis.


The candidate should have significant experience in cellular signaling and metabolism, should be familiar with techniques including tissue culture, western blot, qPCR, cloning and immunoprecipitation. There are different project options available depending on the candidate’s interests and strengths. These include but not limited to:

  1. Origin of diet induced inflammation in adipose tissue
  2. Novel glucose regulated transcriptional programs in liver
  3. Mechanism of regulation on fatty acids shuttling in liver and its role in ER stress


How to Apply: 

Interested applicants should apply online through the VAI Careers page by visiting AND send a cover letter describing research experience and interests, a CV, and contact information for two references to


If you have any difficulty uploading your application or any questions, please email Megan Doerr (


Company Overview:

Van Andel Institute is a leading independent biomedical research facility dedicated to determining the epigenetic, genetic, molecular and cellular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases, and translating those findings into effective therapies. The Institute is home to more than 400 scientists and support staff that work in on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe.

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. 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 along with VAI benefits, including:

  • 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

VAI is actively striving to diversify its workforce and strongly encourages qualified individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Van Andel Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. 


About Grand Rapids, MI

Van Andel 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 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 exceptional career opportunities, green building and living, and innovative employers. 

This position is located at 333 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI. View the Google Map in full screen.