Parkinson's Postdoctoral Fellow

Van Andel Research Institute
Job Location
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
$47,500 - $54,000
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • Institute paid Life and AD&D insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability insurance
  • Voluntary Term Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and dependent care
  • Paid Vacation Days. 
  • 5 days of personal time off (PTO) 
  • Nine (9) Holidays
  • 401k Retirement Savings Plan 
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Paid Parking 
  • Relocation Assistance
Job Description

Van Andel Research Institute’s P. Brundin Laboratory, under the direction of Patrik Brundin, M.D., Ph.D., has a position available for one Postdoctoral Fellow.


The P. Brundin lab focus on pathogenetic mechanisms and pharmacological treatment in cell and animal models of Parkinson's disease. They also study cell replacement therapy with stem cells in attempts to repair brains in animal models of parkinsonism. The group's mission is to understand neurodegenerative diseases and develop new therapies that are of benefit to patients and their caregivers.


Specifically, we are interested in candidates with a background in neuroscience and Parkinson’s disease.


The postdoctoral position is available in the winter/spring of 2017 and is for a motivated scientist who meets the qualifications and description outlined below. The fellow will investigate the contribution of alpha-synuclein to the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease in pre-clinical model systems.  


The overall goal of the project is to study the contribution of alpha-synuclein to Parkinson’s disease.The candidate will use established model systems to determine effects of alpha-synuclein pathology. The results from these studies could lead to development of novel therapeutic strategies to improve clinical outcomes of Parkinson’s disease.

  • A Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in neuroscience, biochemistry, and/or molecular and cell biology with expertise in Parkinson’s disease.

  • Experience with mouse and rat models of neurological disease and knowledge of brain morphology are expected.

  • Previous experience with molecular and cell biology techniques, stereotaxic surgery, and mouse behavioral studies are also expected.

  • A strong record of high-impact peer-reviewed publications is highly desirable.

  • Must provide the names of three individuals who can provide recommendations and present a scientific seminar describing his or her previous research.


Description of a Successful Candidate:

  • A self-motivated and driven individual who is able to exhibit exceptional research productivity and take responsibility for independent management of the project.

  • A detail-oriented researcher that thinks critically to effectively design experiments and solve complex research problems.

  • A strong ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team environment.

  • A collaborative, hands-on researcher who proactively shares knowledge and expertise with lab members.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should provide a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and address of three references by visiting   

About Our Organization

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) is a leading independent biomedical research facility and 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 330 scientists and support staff that work in on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe.  Van Andel Research Institute 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.

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