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Research Technician - Melcher Laboratory

Van Andel Institute’s Melcher Laboratory, led by Karsten Melcher, Ph.D. is seeking to hire a Research Technician. 

Van Andel Institute is a leading independent biomedical research facility 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 400 scientists and support staff that work in on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe.
Dr. Melcher and his lab use cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), protein crystallography, and biochemical techniques to investigate the structure and function of proteins involved in cellular signaling.
We are seeking a highly motivated individual interested in learning and applying cutting edge structural biology and protein biochemistry techniques to unravel signaling mechanisms. In addition to curiosity and a willingness to learn new techniques, you must possess the following
Desired Skills
·      Molecular biology skills: DNA isolation, PCR, enzymatic reactions, electrophoresis
·      Bacterial or mammalian cell culture procedures
·      Protein SDS-PAGE, western blot
·      Various protein purification techniques
·      Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills: database management, online ordering, etc.

Ø Bachelor's degree or higher degree in a biological science and a good understanding of cellular & molecular biology.
Ø 1-3 years of research experience in biochemistry, biophysics and/or molecular/cell biology.

Application Process:
Qualified and interested applicants, please submit:
·      Online application
·      Cover letter outlining research experience and interests,
·      Curriculum Vitae, and
·      Names, emails and phone numbers of 3 references.  

If you possess these attributes and desire to help us drive science from the bench to the clinic; while benefiting from a highly generous compensation package; we would welcome speaking with you. Handshake will redirect applicants to our external application system.

This position will be open until filled. If you have any difficulty uploading your application or any questions, please email Megan Doerr

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.
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Van Andel Research 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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