Bioinformatics Postdoc - Epigenetics and Neurodegeneration


Van Andel Institute


Grand Rapids, Michigan

Principal Investigator

Viviane Labrie


Van Andel Research Institute’s Labrie Laboratory, under the direction of Viviane Labrie, has a position available for one postdoctoral fellow.

The lab studies the combined effect of genetic factors, epigenetic marks, and three-dimensional chromatin architecture in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD). Specifically, it is interested in candidates with a background in bioinformatics and computational biology.

This postdoctoral position is available for a motivated Ph.D. graduate who meets the qualifications and description outlined below. The fellow will investigate the contribution of epigenetic factors to neurodegenerative diseases (AD and PD).

The overall goal of the project is to study epigenetic mechanisms contributing to neurodegenerative diseases, to better understand the biology underlying these illnesses. The candidate will use cutting-edge techniques to search for epigenetic alterations in patient samples and animal models, and perform an integrative analysis that incorporates genetic factors and chromatin three-dimensional structure. The results from these studies could lead to development of novel prognostic and therapeutic strategies to improve clinical outcomes of neurodegenerative disease. Working with work with Labrie and her 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.

Non-US citizens are eligible to apply.

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



  • A Ph.D. graduate with a computer science background and/or experience and publications in the fields of bioinformatics, genetics, or epigenetics.
  • Computational skills, including experience with scripting and bioinformatic tools and packages, are needed.
  • Experience with developing pipelines/software for biological datasets (especially next-generation sequencing data).
  • A good working knowledge of neuroscience and (epi)genetic topics are preferred.
  • Experience with scientific writing and publication.
  • Must provide the names of three individuals who can provide recommendations and present a scientific seminar describing the candidate's 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 who 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 (recent evidence of scientific publication).