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Research Technician - Laboratory of Dr. Lena Brundin

Research Technician – Laboratory of Dr. Lena Brundin

Van Andel Institute for research 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.
Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D., is seeking to hire a fulltime Research Technician to be a key part of the research team. The research in the laboratory investigates how inflammation in the periphery and the central nervous system can give rise to symptoms of depression as well as contribute to neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease. 
The candidate selected for this role will work within the Laboratory and adhere to given experimental protocols, will focus on working with clinical samples, will record and analyze the results in a presentable fashion, and be authors on scientific publications. The individual should have curiosity about science and research, be self-driven, enthusiastic and hard working.
The position will require an individual to:  
  • Be detailed oriented and careful.
  • Have prior experience working in a biomedical laboratory setting, successfully mastering at minimum 1-2 methods.
  • Have a highly accurate pipetting technique.
Techniques that will be used in the lab, which are desired skills, however, not required and can be learned as part of the position:
  • Tissue and fluid prepping for HPLC and/or GC-MS analysis
  • qPCR
  • Western blotting
  • Immunohistochemistry
The lab will train the individual on techniques they are not familiar with as long as they are a quick learner and motivated. At the end of 3 months, they should carry out independently all trained experiments, correctly make all stock solutions for the lab, and take charge of the lab inventory.
  • The person must have at least a B.Sc. degree in biological sciences
  • A self-driven and hard-working individual who has a strong curiosity about basic science and its clinical application
  • A highly organized multi-tasker who pays attention to detail and values research integrity
  • A collegial team member with the ability to interact effectively and cordially with colleagues and collaborators
If you possess these attributes and desire to help us drive science from the bench to the clinic, we would welcome speaking with you and encourage you to apply today!
If you possess these attributes and enjoy working with motivated and driven people, we would welcome speaking with you and encourage you to apply today! 
  • A cover letter describing your research interests, experience, and how you might contribute to the L Brundin Lab Research.
  • An up-to-date resume.
  • A list of 2-3 individuals who have agreed to act as references along with their contact details.
Please contact Natalie Rinaldi ( for further information or questions, or if you have any difficulty with the application process.
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. 
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.
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.
About Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Institute’s Science Academy 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."
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. 

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.
This position is located at 333 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI. View the Google Map in full screen.