Parkinson's Postdoctoral Fellows


Van Andel Research Institute


Grand Rapids, Michigan

Principal Investigator

Patrik Brundin



Van Andel Research Institute’s P. Brundin Laboratory has positions available for multiple postdoctoral fellows. The lab focuses on pathogenetic mechanisms and pharmacological treatment in cell and animal models of Parkinson's disease. It also studies 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 benefit 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.

These postdoctoral positions are available immediately and are for motivated scientists who meet the qualifications and description outlined below. These fellows will investigate the contribution of genes and the environment to Parkinson’s disease pathogenesis.

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

The overall goals of these projects is to study α-synuclein pathology in the context of Parkinson’s disease rodent model systems. 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 Brundin and his research team, the candidates 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


  • 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.

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.