Program Details

Van Andel Institute (VAI) offers several types of postdoctoral positions. Each is designed to prepare early career scientists for the next steps in their careers and offers competitive funding and benefits.

Postdoctoral Fellows

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 openings are available in our Careers section.

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.

VAI encourages, but does not require, all postdocs to apply for external fellowship funding. We provide numerous resources to assist with the application process and an incentive award for those who receive awards. In addition, VAI offers internal funding opportunities through our T32-funded Cancer Epigenetics Training (CET) program and our Inspire Fellowship.

Salary and Benefits

Salary

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.

Benefits

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

Bioinformatics Fellows

With the rise of big data, VAI recognizes the need for specialized fellowships focused on bioinformatics and biostatistics. Like a traditional postdoctoral fellowship, bioinformatics fellows at the Institute receive dedicated mentorship from the Institute’s accomplished principal investigators but work on projects aimed at gleaning meaningful results from large, complex datasets. Their work is supported by the Institute’s robust high-performance computing system and extensive data storage capabilities. 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 openings are available in our Careers section.

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.

VAI encourages, but does not require, all postdocs to apply for external fellowship funding. We provide numerous resources to assist with the application process and an incentive award for those who receive awards. In addition, VAI offers internal funding opportunities through our T32-funded Cancer Epigenetics Training (CET) program and our Inspire Fellowship.

Salary and Benefits

Salary

Salary is determined based on Ph.D. or equivalent receipt date and begins at $68,000. Based on faculty approval, salary increases may be provided annually on or near the anniversary of hire.

Benefits

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

VAI Fellows

As part of its commitment to develop the next generation of biomedical research leaders, the Institute is proud to support exceptional early career scientists through its VAI Fellows program, which offers highly competitive, enhanced fellowships with a greater degree of freedom than traditional postdoctoral training opportunities.

VAI Fellows receive additional financial and research support coupled with increased independence, which allows them to singularly focus on their own novel, interdisciplinary, high-impact projects. They also benefit from having multiple faculty mentors who can provide guidance to ensure success, both in the lab and in the business of science.

How to Apply and the Selection Process

VAI Fellows slots are highly competitive. Potential applicants should reach out to the principal investigator of their choice and indicate interest in the program. Applications are reviewed by the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Chief Scientific Officer. Applicants who do not receive a VAI Fellowship may still be offered a different postdoctoral fellow position. A list of VAI’s labs and investigators may be found here.

Salary, Research Funding and Benefits

VAI Fellows receive a greater degree of autonomy to develop their own independent research programs, supported by mentorship from VAI’s expert faculty and a separate research budget.

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 and Research Funding

VAI Fellows receive a greater degree of autonomy to develop their own independent research programs, supported by mentorship from VAI’s expert faculty, an enhanced salary and a separate research budget. Figures are based on the applicant’s experience.

Benefits

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
  • 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

Postdoctoral Research Fellows (NIH NRSA Recipients)

As required by National Institutes of Health policy, VAI cannot employ those funded by National Research Service Awards (e.g., F32 and T32). Instead, VAI appoints those funded by these awards as postdoctoral research fellows and provides them with a competitive stipend and benefits package.

VAI is strongly committed to providing postdoctoral research 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 research fellows gain the skills necessary to launch independent careers.

In addition to the Institute’s extensive scientific resources, postdoctoral research 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

If you are interested in our Cancer Epigenetics Training program (T32), please visit this page. Postdocs not funded by our T32 start as one of the other postdoc types (see above) and then transition to a postdoctoral research fellow upon receipt of an NRSA award.

Stipend and Benefits

Postdoctoral Research Fellows receive a competitive stipend and benefits package, including health insurance.

Stipend

Stipends are determined based on Ph.D. or equivalent receipt dates according to a set schedule. Stipends begin at $57,200 and increase annually based on satisfactory performance. 

Benefits

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
  • Short-term disability coverage (includes maternity leave)
  • Holiday pay
  • Vacation days and paid time off for illness and personal needs
  • At least six weeks of paid parental leave
  • Stipend supplementation plus an 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 research 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