Postdoctoral Fellow - Gut-Brain Axis in Parkinson's Disease


Van Andel Research Institute


Grand Rapids, Michigan

Principal Investigator

Viviane Labrie, Ph.D.



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

The Labrie Lab studies the combined effect of genetic factors, epigenetic marks and 3D chromatin architecture in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD). It is specifically interested in candidates with a background and interest in epigenetics and neurodegenerative disease.

The postdoctoral fellow will be work on the gut-brain axis in Parkinson's disease, building on the work published by the Labrie lab in Science Translational Medicine.

Postdoctoral Fellows at VARI are full-time employees and receive an annual salary. Salary is based on doctorate/M.D. receipt date according to a set stipend schedule, which begins at $50,500 up to a maximum of $56,000.

Benefits include:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage.
  • Employer-sponsored life and AD&D insurance.
  • Additional voluntary life and AD&D insurance for employees and dependents.
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance.
  • Flexible-spending accounts for health and child/elder care.
  • 401K retirement savings plans with employee/employer contributions.
  • Paid vacation, holidays, personal days.
  • Relocation assistance.

Qualified applicants should provide a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and address of three references. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.

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



  • A Ph.D. graduate with strong molecular biology skills.
  • Experience in neuroscience research.
  • Must have a publication history and strong scientific writing skills.
  • Any experience in bioinformatics and statistics is highly preferred.
  • Must provide the names of three individuals who can provide recommendations and present a scientific seminar describing his or her previous research.

Description of a successful sandidate:

  • 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).