Postdoctoral Affairs

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) and its Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) are committed to the development of the next generation of scientists. Our mission is to establish, support and promote scientific and professional training opportunities for our postdoctoral fellows in preparation for an independent career. VARI is a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association.

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The OPA coordinates postdoctoral affairs at VARI. In an effort to provide our postdocs with a first-rate postdoctoral experience, VARI:

  • Collaborates and partners with VARI postdoctoral fellows and serves as a central resource for the postdoctoral community
  • Ensures the development, enhancement and offering of an excellent training and learning environment for our postdoctoral fellows 
  • Coordinates institutional postdoctoral training 
  • Partners with relevant departments in the development of policies and procedures specific to the postdoctoral fellows 
  • Coordinates the annual performance reviews for postdoctoral fellows
  • Provides postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to evaluate their postdoc experience 
  • Conducts needs assessment surveys 
  • Provides postdoc career support 
  • Provides and coordinates scientific courses and workshops 
  • Provides and coordinates career development resources 
  • Provides and coordinates a complementary skills development program 
  • Oversees content of VARI webpages in regard to postdoctoral activities and information 

OPA works closely with the VARI Postdoctoral Association (PDA) and with the Institute’s Human Resources Department.

Have questions? Contact VARI’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at OPA@vai.org or by calling 616.234.5797.