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Genomics Core Associate


Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 957-085

Genomics Core Associate

Van Andel Institute (VAI), a nonprofit biomedical research and science education institute, is seeking to hire a Genomics Core Associate within our Genomics Core. The Genomics Core provides high throughput genomics support for Van Andel Research Institute and collaborating institutions. We provide access to next generation sequencing and beadarray technology, perform complex molecular biology assays, and offer expertise to train researchers to use these resources effectively. To continue to provide quality, expeditious assistance for an ever expanding number of service requests, we are looking for a full-time individual to join our team.


As a member on our team, your first and foremost responsibility will be to provide VAI scientists with high quality next-generation sequencing data. As a key individual in the Genomics Core you must demonstrate the ability to perform and acquire new skills in the operation of Illumina technologies (NextSeq500, NovaSeq6000, and iScan), NGS library preparation, and other relevant genomic techniques. You will be responsible for supporting daily operations, including but not limited to evaluating sample quality and preparing samples for sequencing, executing protocols, running and maintaining sophisticated equipment, logging and tracking samples, training new users, and other general duties. You must be able to work effectively in a team environment and develop productive relationships with Core users.  


This job might be right for you if:

  • You are interested in helping to build a sustainable team dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge and providing top quality customer service.
  • You are technology-minded and interested in high throughput automation and sequencing instrumentation.
  • You love taking on difficult challenges and finding the best solution whether it be tried-and-true or cutting edge.
  • You enjoy helping others, and you are patient and levelheaded.
  • You pay attention to detail. Every project, big or small, is worth doing well, every single time.
  • You are motivated and driven. You take ownership of your projects. You like learning new things and advancing your skillset. If you don’t know the answer, you’ll dig until you find it.
  • You enjoy collaborating and working as a team. You respect the skills each team member brings to the table while still being willing to provide constructive criticism.

To join our team, you will need to have at least:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or similar field
  • Hands on experience in DNA/RNA extraction, nucleic acid quantification, PCR amplification, qPCR, and/or similar molecular biology techniques and protocols
  • Academic and practical understanding of cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry and/or genetics
  • Ability to effectively communicate in-person and remotely
  • Strong skillset in data and project management and project tracking

Additional helpful experience will include:

  • Demonstrable skills in NGS library preparation, Illumina sequencing technology, GWAS and/or microarrays
  • Experience in functional areas such as single cell sequencing or bisulfite based methodologies
  • Experience in protein or histological cell-based assays
  • Experience in R, command line, or other programming languages

How to apply:

If you possess these attributes and the desire to help us provide best in a class service to our researchers, we welcome speaking with you and strongly encourage you to apply today at 


In your application, provide us the following:

  • cover letter highlighting key qualifications, goals, and your interest in this role,
  • current curriculum vitae with complete bibliography,
  • names and contact information of 3 references,


This position will be open until filled and will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis. If you have any difficulty uploading your application or any questions, please email Megan Doerr at


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 Research Institute is located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.  A remarkable combination of a cosmopolitan atmosphere and small-town warmth, Grand Rapids is known for its philanthropic and sustainability-driven community. It’s fun affordable and family friendly.  

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 walk-able neighborhoods and natural areas.   
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.  



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