Postdoctoral Fellows

Van Andel Institute (VAI) is strongly committed to providing postdoctoral fellows with a high caliber experience that prepares them for successful futures as scientific leaders. Through mentorship by one or more of the Institute’s accomplished faculty, postdoctoral fellows gain the skills necessary to launch independent careers.

In addition to the Institute’s extensive scientific resources, postdoctoral fellows have access to a dedicated support team of professionals who can aid in everything from fellowship applications to experimental design. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs also provides a comprehensive professional development program. Learn more about VAI postdoctoral fellows’ demographic and career outcomes here.

How to apply

Interested in a postdoctoral fellowship at VAI? We are always accepting applications. Please contact the investigator directly for more information on opportunities to join the team. Specific postdoctoral fellowship openings are available in our Careers section.

Salary and benefits

Most postdocs at VAI are full-time employees at the Institute and, as such, receive a competitive salary and benefits package, including health insurance and 401(k) opportunities.

Salary is determined based on Ph.D. or equivalent receipt date according to a set salary schedule. The salary schedule begins at $57,200 and increases annually based on satisfactory performance.

VAI offers a comprehensive set of benefits including:

  • Medical, dental and vision plan choices for self and family at a minimal cost
  • Institute-paid life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Voluntary term life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance for self and family
  • Institute-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance (includes maternity leave)
  • Flexible spending accounts for dependent care and medical expenses
  • Holiday pay
  • Vacation days and paid time off for illness and personal needs
  • Six weeks of paid parental leave
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Opportunity to participate in a 401(k) plan
  • Incentive award of $1,000-3,000 for achieving external grant/fellowship funding
  • Professional development
  • Employee Assistance Services

Housing and relocation

In addition to a maximum reimbursement of $3,000 for moving expenses, postdoctoral fellows have access to VAI’s contracted relocation coordinator, who can assist with relocation needs such as housing, establishing a bank account and applying for a social security card.

Extra perks

In addition to VAI’s top-of-the-line research facilities, the Institute also offers:

  • An on-site café that provides affordable breakfast and lunch options
  • A 24/7 fitness center with a variety of workout equipment
  • A library with on-site publications as well as access to books and papers housed at other academic institutions
  • Dedicated parking