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Senior Research Scientist - Membrane Protein Biochemistry and Structural Biology - Du and Lu Labs

Van Andel Institute
Grand Rapids, Michigan
$75,000 + (negotiable) with full Benefits
Closing date
Dec 14, 2021
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Senior Research Scientist

Membrane Protein Biochemistry and Structural Biology

Senior Research Scientist position is available in the laboratories of Drs. Juan Du and Wei Lü at Van Andel Institute. The ideal candidate will be involved in exciting and highly integrated multi-disciplinary research projects understanding the molecular mechanism and pharmacology of ion channels.

The Du Lab and the Lü Lab ( are interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of how the body perceives sensory information (e.g. taste, smell, vision, and temperature), transmits signals to the brain, and generates responses. We focus on ion channels involved in the basic senses. We employ a range of structural and biophysical approaches, including single-particle cryo-EM, patch-clamp electrophysiology, and other biochemical methods. 


The candidate should hold a PhD degree with 2+ years’ experience in membrane protein biochemistry and/or structural biology. The candidate must have a proven track record in cloning, mammalian cell culture, membrane protein expression and purification. Experience in structural biology (cryo-EM or x-ray crystallography) is a plus but not required.

How to Apply

Send the CV, Cover Letter and contact information of three referees to Juan Du ( or Wei Lü,


All full time employees of Van Andel Institute are eligible forour comprehensive and competitive benefits, effective Day One! This is a salaried position, which will be based on your experience and skills.

If you have questions about the application process or working at VAI you are welcome to email Megan Doerr, Talent Acquisition Specialist at 

VAI is actively striving to diversify its workforce and strongly encourages qualified individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Van Andel Institute is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer

About Grand Rapids, MI

Van Andel Research Institute is in downtown Grand Rapids, MI which is the second largest city in Michigan and the largest city in West Michigan. Grand Rapids offers a remarkable combination of cosmopolitan atmosphere and small-town warmth, known for its philanthropic and sustainability-driven community, and is ranked one of "America's Top 100 Places to Live."

Located on the banks of the Grand River, Grand Rapids offers all the big-city excitement you would expect from a million-resident metropolis, featuring hundreds of restaurants and nightspots, theaters, museums, sports and concerts. The safe and clean downtown is surrounded by an eclectic mix of walk-able neighborhoods. 

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.


Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent biomedical research and science education organization committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, VAI has grown into a premier research and educational institution. Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), VAI’s research division, is dedicated to determining the epigenetic, genetic, molecular and cellular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases, and translating those findings into effective therapies. The Institute is home to more than 300 scientists and support staff that work in on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe. Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) is dedicated to strengthening science education, and preparing and motivating individuals to pursue science or science-related professions
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