Postdoctoral Fellow - Ion Channel Structure and Function - Du and Lu Labs (2 openings)

Grand Rapids, Michigan (US)
55,000+ (based on years of postdoc experience) + Benefits
September 16 2021
Organization Type

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ion Channel Structure and Function

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratories of Drs. Juan Du and Wei Lü at Van Andel Institute

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 cryo-EM facility at Van Andel Institute hosts a Titan Krios equipped with a K3 camera, and a Talos Arctica equipped with a K2 camera.  

For more information, please visit our lab website: 


Experience in structural biology, membrane protein biochemistry, or ion channel electrophysiology is preferred, but not required.

How to Apply

  • Online Application:
  • CV
  • Cover Letter

Send the CV and Cover Letter to Juan Du ( or Wei Lü, (

Van Andel Institute (VAI) provides postdoctoral training opportunities to scientists beginning their research careers. The fellowships are to help promising scientists advance their knowledge and research experience and at the same time support the research endeavors of VAI under the mentorship of a VAI Faculty member.

While this project is currently funded, an integral part of postdoctoral training is the process of preparing a research proposal and writing a fellowship application. All VAI Postdoctoral Fellows are encouraged to apply for external funding as soon as it is practical and reasonable after hire. Receiving a fellowship award provides recognition for both the fellow and VAI!

Postdoctoral Fellows at VAI are full-time employees and receive an annual salary. Salary is based on Doctorate/MD receipt date according to a set stipend schedule, which begins at $55,000 up to a maximum of $60,000. Benefits include:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Employer-sponsored life and AD&D insurance
  • Additional voluntary life and AD&D insurance for employees and dependents
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Flexible-spending accounts for health and child/elder care
  • 401 K retirement savings plans with employee/employer contributions
  • Paid vacation, holidays, personal days
  • Relocation Assistance

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 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 Institute is located 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."

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