Parkinsons Postdoctoral Researcher

Van Andel Research Institute
Job Location
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
45,500 - 52,000

Salary determined based on Doctorate/MD receipt date according to a set stipend schedule, which begins at $45,500 up to a maximum of $52,000. Benefits include:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage

  • Employer-sponsored life and AD&D insurance

  • Additional voluntary life and AD&D insurance for employees and dependents

  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance

  • Flexible-spending accounts for health and child/elder care

  • 401 K retirement savings plans with employee/employer contributions

  • Paid vacation, holidays, personal days

Job Description

Van Andel Research Institute’s Coetzee Laboratory has a positions available for Postdoctoral Fellows.

The Coetzee lab uses use GWAS and post-GWAS functional characterizations to determine which SNPs truly are associated with the risk of developing Parkinson’s and how they are linked to disease onset. 

Specifically, we are interested in candidates with a background in molecular biology and human genetics as well as bioinformatics skills for the analyses of large data sets; programming skills in R and Python will be considered a plus.

The overall goal of the project is to study genetic predisposition loci of Parkinson’s disease.

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 Faculty member.

While this project is currently funded, 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!


This postdoctoral position is available for motivated PhD graduate who meets the qualifications and description outlined below.


 A Ph.D. graduate with experience and publications in the fields of neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics or epigenetics and bioinformatics.

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

  • Ability to think critically to effectively design experiments and solve complex research problems

  • A hands-on researcher and a natural collaborator comfortable interacting at all levels

  • A team player who proactively shares knowledge and expertise with lab members

  • A detail oriented researcher who still keeps a clear grasp of the big picture



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 

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 by visiting!   

VAI is actively striving to diversify its workforce and strongly encourages qualified individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

About Our Organization

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), a leading independent biomedical research facility, 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 300 scientists and support staff that work in on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe.

VARI has seen immense growth in the past year, hiring over 6 new Principle Investigators to start research labs with the goal of improving health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations.


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