Company:  Confidential

Job Title: Postdoc – Epigenetics & Cell signaling in the Uterine Endometrium

Job Number: 56257

Location: Grand Rapids, US

Job Description

The Laboratory of Ronald Chandler, Ph.D. has positions available for multiple Postdoctoral Fellows to join his lab and carry out independent projects in the areas of uterine endometrial biology, endometriosis and/or endometrial cancer.

The Chandler Laboratory is part of the Michigan State University’s (MSU) College of Human Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology and the Van Andel Institute Department of Epigenetics.  Dr. Chandler’s lab is located in the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center.  We are also members of the NIH-funded Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Training Program (RDSP).

Why choose the Chandler Laboratory?

  • We are an 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 fellows with fellowship/grant awards and preparing postdoctoral fellows for faculty positions at R1 universities.  Postdocs 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 of the lab to enrich their postgraduate training and experiences, including participation in education, service, teaching and internships.  Examples include summer internships, 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, Corewell Health Hospitals 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 and developmental sciences.  Our Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program (RDSP) is supported through an NIH T32 training grant, and is unique in having cutting-edge research in the reproductive and developmental sciences across a wide range of animal models, clinical entities and population-based human reproductive outcomes.

Necessary Qualifications

  • 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 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

Why join the Chandler Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow?

Postdoctoral Fellows are full-time employees and receive a competitive annual salary. This salary is determined based on degree receipt date, which begins at $65,000.  Applicants with exceptional qualifications may be considered for other salary scales.  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 Fellows 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 housed in the Grand Rapids Research Center, which is located in Michigan State University’s Innovation Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan (  The City of Grand Rapids is home to the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
  • 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, the Van Andel Institute 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 Corewell Health and Henry Ford Hospitals and the Van Andel Institute.
  • 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

Application Deadline: 2023-11-12


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