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04-05-2010, 12:43 AM
One Post Doctoral Fellowship position is available in the Laboratory of Orthopedic Cell and Tissue Mechanics under the direction of Dr. Jim Mason. This postdoctoral position is a grant funded position for up to two years and is available immediately for a motivated Ph.D. graduate with experience and publications in the fields of cell mechanotransduction, tissue engineering and cartilage biology. The postdoctoral fellow will investigate effects of loading and Wnt signaling on bone and cartilage formation with applications to tissue engineering, skeletal trauma and osteoarthritis.

Responsibilities: Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) 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 VARI under the mentorship of a VARI Scientific Investigator. Postdoctoral fellows are appointed for a limited period of time, usually three years but no more than five years.

An integral part of postdoctoral training is the process of preparing a research proposal and writing a fellowship application. All VARI 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 VARI.

Lab: Laboratory of Orthopaedic Cell and Tissue Mechanics


1. A Ph.D. in the field of biology, bioengineering or related field
2. Experience in investigations of cell mechanotransduction, tissue engineering and cartilage biology with emphasis on the effects of loading and Wnt signaling on bone and cartilage formation.
3. Successfully presented a recruitment seminar and provided at least three (3) letters of recommendation. (In the case of candidates located outside of North America, the requirement for a seminar may be waived.)

Position Status: Full-Time

Salary: Salary determined based on Doctorate/MD receipt date according to a set stipend schedule, which begins at $40,000 up to a maximum of $48,000.

Application Process:
Qualified applicants should send a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and address of three references to vari-employment@vai.org (Subject Line: Req 1260)

Email: vari-employment@vai.org
Jim Mason, PhD
Senior Scientific Investigator
Van Andel Institute
333 Bostwick Ave, NE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503
Work: 1 (616) 234-5681
Mobile: 1 (616) 307-7966

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