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Research Technician - Du/Lu Laboratories


Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 925 - 085


Research Technician


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.


Dr. Wei Lü and Dr. Juan Du are seeking to hire a full-time Research Technician to work on collaborative projects between their labs.  These projects are focused on studying structure and mechanism of ion channels and transmembrane receptors that are linked to neurological diseases and cancers, using primarily single-particle cryo-EM.

In this role, you will be provided training to prepare you for the following responsibilities:


  • maintain mammalian and insect cell lines
  • molecular cloning
  • small-scale protein expression screening using transient transfection and fluorescence-detection size-exclusion chromatography (FSEC)
  • generate baculoviruses
  • large-scale protein expression in mammalian or insect cells
  • general lab maintenance



You must possess a Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, focusing on biochemistry, molecular and cell biology and have experience in a lab setting. We are ideally looking for people with the following:

  • Hands on experience in a wet lab environment
  • A self-driven and hard-working individual who has a strong curiosity about basic science and its clinical application
  • A highly organized multi-tasker who is capable of following protocol, pays attention to detail and values research integrity
  • A collegial team member with the ability to interact effectively and cordially with colleagues and collaborators


Compensation and Benefits:

All full-time employees of Van Andel Institute are eligible for benefits, effective day one! Pay will be commensurate with experience.


How to Apply - If you possess these attributes, submit: a single .pdf document bearing the following components:

  • A cover letter describing your research interests, experience, and how you might contribute to the Lab.
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae.
  • A list of 2-3 individuals who have agreed to act as references along with their contact details.


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.

About Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Institute is locate 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, Grand Rapids' diverse economy continues to grow, offering endless career opportunities.



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