Postdoctoral Researcher


Van Andel Research Institute


Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Darren Moore


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The Laboratory of Molecular Neurodegeneration (Dr. Darren Moore) within the Van Andel Research Institute’s Center for Neurodegenerative Science has positions available for Postdoctoral Fellows. These positions are available for highly motivated Ph.D. graduates who meet the qualifications and description outlined below. Fellows are expected to use or to establish biochemical, cellular, and animal models to investigate the pathogenic mechanisms underlying LRRK2 or VPS35 dysfunction in familial Parkinson’s disease. The laboratory employs a multidisciplinary approach in numerous experimental model systems to elucidate the biological function and pathophysiology of gene products associated with inherited forms of Parkinson’s disease. The laboratory is particularly interested in the development of novel rodent models of inherited Parkinson’s disease using viral-mediated gene transfer, transgenesis, or gene targeting. Please refer to our existing website for an overview of research themes and selected publications:


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. The overall goal of the projects is to identify the molecular mechanisms and pathways by which LRRK2 and VPS35 contribute to neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease and to develop novel disease-modifying therapeutic approaches. The candidate will work with Dr. Moore and his research team to identify areas of interest and expertise that will facilitate the highest level of contribution to reach overall project objectives.