Postdoctoral Fellow—Parkinson's disease


Van Andel Research Institute


Grand Rapids, Michigan

Principal Investigator

Patrik Brundin



The Brundin lab focus on pathogenetic mechanisms and pharmacological treatment in cell and animal models of Parkinson's disease. Its researchers 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 has 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 following publication of the lab’s new research.

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 α-synuclein to the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease in pre-clinical model systems.

Specifically, the lab is interested in candidates with a background in neuroscience and Parkinson’s disease.

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


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, as are previous experience with molecular and cell biology techniques, stereotaxic surgery, and mouse behavioral studies.

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

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

The successful candidate will be 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 who thinks critically to effectively design experiments and solve complex research problems; a person with 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; a man or woman with excellent written and oral communication skills.