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Senior Research Scientist Electrophysiology

Van Andel Institute
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Closing date
Feb 11, 2023

Job Details

Senior Research Scientist Electrophysiology

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.

Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship positions are also currently available in the Du and Lu Labs. For more details, please see: 


  • PhD degree with 5+ years’ experience in patch-clamp electrophysiology
  • Proven track record in recording of ion channel current in cultured HEK293 cells, collecting, analyzing and interpreting eletrophysiological data
  • Experience in patching native cells (e.g. taste cells or pancreatic beta-cells) is a plus but not required.

How to Apply

  • Online Application:
  • CV outlining your goals and qualifications for this position
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information (name, relationship and email address for 3 references

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 for. our 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 


At Van Andel Institute, the health and safety of our people is our number one priority. As a condition of employment at Van Andel Institute, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. “Full vaccination” is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered.   

VAI is committed to achieving excellence through increasing diversity. We actively encourage applications from women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.  

Van Andel Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer.   

As Van Andel Institute is a drug and alcohol-free employer, all prospective new employees undergo a urinalysis/drug test as part of our pre-employment process.  This is a 7-panel drug screen and it includes testing for Marijuana, Cocaine, Amphetamines, Opiates, PCP, Barbiturates, and Benzodiazepines.  


About Grand Rapids, MI  

Van Andel Research Institute is located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.  A remarkable combination of a cosmopolitan atmosphere and small-town warmth, Grand Rapids is known for its philanthropic and sustainability-driven community. It’s fun affordable and family friendly.  

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