Jobs

Postdoctoral Fellow

Employer

Van Andel Research Institute

Location

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Principal Investigator

Darren Moore

Contact

To apply, submit a cover letter illustrating your research experience and interests together with a CV and the names and contact details of three references to Professor Darren Moore (darren.moore@vai.org).

Description

The Laboratory of Molecular Neurodegeneration in the Center for Neurodegenerative Science at the Van Andel Research Institute has a position available for a postdoctoral fellow.

The position is available for a highly motivated Ph.D. graduate who meets the qualifications and description outlined below. Fellows are expected to use or to establish biochemical, cellular, and rodent models to investigate the pathogenic mechanisms underlying LRRK2 or VPS35 mutations 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 the website for an overview of the research: https://moorelab.vai.org/.

Requirements

A recent Ph.D. graduate with demonstrated experience in cell biology, biochemistry, and/or neuroscience. At least one publication in these fields would be desirable.

A preferred candidate will have experience in any of the following research areas: neuronal culture-based assays; confocal and/or stereological microscopy; viral vector technology; development of genetic animal models; rodent neuropathology and behavior; or molecular/cellular neurobiology; to characterize protein function, neuronal vesicular sorting pathways and/or neuronal cell death.