Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) is committed to maintaining the highest standards of postdoctoral training and to providing a program that prepares postdoctoral fellows to function independently as scientific professionals. Postdoctoral training at VARI follows an apprenticeship model, where the fellow works under the supervision of a qualified mentor.
VARI’s commitment to providing an exemplary postdoctoral experience is reflected in it being named to The Scientist’s list of Best Places to Work for Postdocs in 2011 and to The Scientist’s 2010 Best Places to Work in Academia list. VARI also is a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association, which works to improve the postdoctoral experience by supporting enhanced research training and a culture of enhanced professional growth to benefit scholarship and innovation.
The postdoctoral experience at VARI is of sufficient breadth to ensure fellows are prepared for a wide range of professional career options. VARI postdoctoral alumni have transitioned to successful careers in the public, private and academic sectors. For questions about VARI’s postdoctoral program, please contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs by emailing Eric Miller at OPA@vai.org or calling 616.234.5797.