Research Associate-Fixed Term

Michigan State University
Grand Rapids

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Employment Type
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 763731
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Human Medicine
Department: Obstetrics Gynecology & Reproductive Bio 10022618
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

Why choose the Chandler Laboratory?

  • We are a 5-year NIH R01 funded lab that investigates the mechanisms by which cell signaling, chromatin structure and the epigenome are modulated during the menstrual cycle and in response to disease-associated mutations and other risk factors.
  • Our research utilizes biochemistry, functional genomics, in vivo mouse models of human disease, and ex vivo human endometrial organoid models.
  • Dr. Chandler is a great mentor. He has a strong track record in preparing trainees for a successful career in both academia and industry. Examples include assisting graduate students and postdoctoral research associates with fellowship/grant awards and preparing postdoctoral research associates for faculty roles at R1 universities. Postdoctoral Research Associates in the Chandler Lab have received prestigious postdoctoral fellowships and NIH K99/R00 awards. Trainees with career interests in teaching, industry or government are encouraged to take time outside the lab to enrich their postgraduate training and experiences, including participation in education, service, teaching and internships. Examples include part-time summer internships at a company, programming courses, and undergraduate teaching.
  • The Chandler Lab is within the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University and is affiliated with the Van Andel Institute Department of Epigenetics and Henry Ford Health System’s Women’s Health Services, which includes a group of highly collaborative scientists seeking to understand how genetic, epigenetic, physiological, or lifestyle changes may either protect or predispose individuals to gynecologic cancer and disease.
  • Michigan State University has a long history of excellence in the reproductive developmental sciences, and is unique in having both cutting-edge research in the reproductive and developmental sciences across a wide range of animal models, clinical entities and in population-based human reproductive outcomes.

Why join the Chandler Lab as a Postdoctoral Researcher?

Postdoctoral Research Associates are full-time employees and receive a competitive annual salary. Medical insurance and relocation assistance will be provided.

We recognize that selecting where to complete a postdoctoral fellowship is a significant decision. In addition to a dedicated Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, which provides a comprehensive professional development program, individualized professional development plans will be implemented to ensure your career goals are met. Postdoctoral Research Associates are also required to meet regularly with a Postdoc Advisory Committee (PAC) consisting of senior researchers who will assist them with their professional development needs. Resources are available for travel to national and international conferences, grant writing and computer programming courses, and participation in leadership and career development programs.

Why live and work in the Grand Rapids area?

The Chandler Lab is located in Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Research Center. The City of Grand Rapids is home to the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the Grand Rapids Innovation Park ( The Grand Rapids Innovation Park is located in downtown Grand Rapids within the ‘Medical Mile’ hospital complex and is home to the MSU Secchia Center, Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building, and Grand Rapids Research Center. Viewed as a hub for biomedical and translational research, MSU researchers in Grand Rapids participate in clinical and community health research programs and work closely with partners in the Spectrum Hospital System, the Van Andel Institute and Henry Ford Hospitals.

Ranked as one of the best places to live, Grand Rapids is located in western Michigan on the banks of the Grand River. The city offers family-friendly low cost-of-living, walkable neighborhoods and a vibrant downtown area with plenty of food and entertainment. Our close proximity to Lake Michigan offers numerous outdoor recreational activities.

The Grand Rapids Research Center is a state-of-the-art research facility located in downtown Grand Rapids. Opened in 2017, the Center has 33 research teams and $49 million in research funding. Areas of research interest include neurodegenerative disease, aging, autism, pediatric cancers, rare genetic disorders, women’s health, and infertility, and gynecologic disease and cancer.
We offer many of the resources available on large campuses including Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, Genomics, Confocal, and Cryo-Electron Microscopy, Flow Cytometry, Pathology and Biorepository, Small Animal Imaging, Vivarium and Transgenics, Metabolomics and Proteomics core facilities, weekly research-in-progress seminars and journal clubs, and collaboration, joint seminars, and career development programs with the Van Andel Institute, Grand Valley State University, Calvin University, and MSU East Lansing main campus.
For more information, please visit or follow us on twitter @Chandler_Lab

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements
  • A Ph.D. graduate with a strong background in genetics/epigenetics, molecular biology, genomics, or a related field in the basic sciences
  • Experience with next-generation sequencing techniques is a strong plus, but not a necessary requirement, as trainees will be expected to acquire a basic understanding of these techniques
  • A “team” focused scientist who’s dedicated to hypothesis-driven, disease-focused research
  • Someone who likes to take a bold approach to innovation and ideas
  • A self-motivated and driven individual with a proven publication record who possesses a strong interest in women’s health, gynecologic disease and cancer,
  • Must be able to exhibit exceptional research productivity and take responsibility for independent management of the project
  • A detail-oriented researcher who thinks critically to effectively design experiments and solve complex research problems
  • A strong ability to take initiative and work independently
  • A collaborative, hands-on researcher who proactively shares knowledge and expertise with lab members and has an interest in helping junior lab members, collaborators or clinical fellows.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
Required Application Materials

Candidates should submit a cover letter outlining their interests, along with a CV or resume and list of three references

Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: of Applications Begins On



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Advertised: Mar 4, 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Mar 4, 2024 Eastern Standard Time


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