Postdoctoral Fellow - Pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease

  • Job Reference: 68773370-2
  • Date Posted: 1 August 2018
  • Recruiter: Van Andel Research Institute
  • Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

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 Patrik 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.

Recently, the lab been involved in one of the most promising developments for a cure, or at least progress in fighting Parkinson's disease. A new investigational drug originally developed for type 2 diabetes is being readied for human clinical trials in search of the world's first treatment to impede the progression of Parkinson's disease following publication of the lab's new research.

The postdoctoral position is available immediately and is for a motivated scientist who meets the qualifications and description outlined below. The fellow will investigate the contribution of a transcription factor to the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease.

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

The overall goal of the project is to study the alpha-synuclein pathology in the context of a Parkinson's disease-linked mutation. The candidate will use established model systems to determine effects of this mutation. The results from these studies could lead to the development of novel therapeutic strategies to improve clinical outcomes of Parkinson's disease. While working with Dr. Brundin and his research team, the candidate will help guide research directions and provide expertise to facilitate the highest level of contribution to reach the project objectives.

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

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.

Job Requirements

Qualifications:

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 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.

Additional instructions and information:

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

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.

VAI is actively striving to diversify its workforce and strongly encourages qualified individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Van Andel Institute is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer.

This position will be open until filled. If you have any difficulty uploading your application or any questions, please email Eric Miller at .

Compensation/benefits:

Postdoctoral Fellows at VARI are full-time employees and receive an annual salary. Salary is based on Doctorate/MD receipt date according to a set stipend schedule, which begins at $47,500 up to a maximum of $54,000. Benefits include medical/vision/dental insurance and relocation assistance.

Please do not forget to mention Bio Careers when applying.