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 and encourage you to apply today!
4 Year Degree
Van Andel Institute (VAI), a leading independent biomedical research and science education institute, is seeking to hire a full-time Vivarium Training and Compliance Administrator in our Vivarium to ensure VAI can continue to provide excellent animal support for our research studies. VAI is 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.
As a Vivarium Training and Compliance Coordinator, you will be responsible for managing, organizing, and conduct all facets of laboratory animal methodology and surgical training for faculty and staff. This includes assessments and documentation for employees regarding animal protocols, departmental equipment, and post approval monitoring once training has been completed. Your primary duties will include:
Assisting with developing and maintaining vivarium training content, lab exercises, presentations, and accompanying materials.
Training research staff on use and services of the vivarium on a regular
Assist with acclimating new employees through orientation and training
Assist with development, training and recording of new animal procedure
Assist with developing quality control measures not already in
Voting Member of the IACUC, which includes protocol reviews
Post approval monitoring of approved protocols active withing the vivarium.
May perform animal care functions and technical services (approximately 25% of time).
Work with potentially hazardous chemicals or radioactive materials,
Adhere to safety policies and procedures and inform supervisor of potential safety
Work in a shower-in facility,
Wear protective gear and equipment as
How to Apply
Cover Letter indicating why you are interested in this position and how your experience exhibits your qualifications for this role.
Names and contact information for 3 professional references. References will not be contacted without advance notice.
About Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Research Institute is located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. A remarkable combination of a cosmopolitan atmosphere and small-town warmth, Grand Rapids is known for its philanthropic and sustainability-driven community. It’s fun affordable and family friendly.
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We are looking for a person who has the following traits and characteristics:
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in biology or related field
AALAS LAT certification or equivalent
3-5 years of experience in research vivarium facilities
Extensive experience with mouse and rat procedures (handling, injections, tumor measurements, surgeries, etc.).
Training or supervisory experience
A strong "stage presence" and ability to manage a classroom of adult
A strong commitment to building and maintaining a positive work
Self-sufficient and self-starter with proven success taking ownership of training
Pursuing Bold Ideas and Big Breakthroughs.
Van Andel Institute began with a vision: to improve human health.
Founded by the Van Andel family in 1996, the Institute is now home to more than 400 scientists, educators and support staff – each one of us deeply connected to the work we do and driven by an urgent desire to make a difference.
Every day, we collaborate at the forefront of fundamental and translational science in pursuit of breakthrough treatment strategies for cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases. Through shared values and an entrepreneurial spirit, we spark innovation to multiply the impact of discovery and answer critical questions for our world.
We believe that hope for tomorrow lives in the students of today. Our Graduate School offers a rigorous, research-intensive Ph.D. program that develops leaders in molecular and cellular biology. Our inquiry-based approaches for K–12 education help create classrooms where curiosity, creativity and critical thinking thrive.
A hub for ideas and advancements, the Institute is fueled by a community of bright minds who share a relentless curiosity and a deep commitment to make the world a better place.
At Van Andel I...nstitute, we do more than dream about improving human health. We strive to make it a reality every day.