Postdoctoral Fellow - Inflammation in Parkinson's disease and Depression


Van Andel Institute


Grand Rapids, Michigan

Principal Investigator

Lena Brundin, M.D./Ph.D.


Application Process:

Qualified applicants should provide a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three references  by visiting


The minimum two-year postdoctoral position, with a possibility of extension pending successful grant applications and performance, is available immediately and intended for a motivated scientist who meets the qualifications and description outlined below. This fellow will investigate the contribution of the kynurenine pathway, inflammation, and infections in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and/or depression. The project will include sample and data analysis from clinical patients as well as animal models.

The fellow will primarily be a member of the L. Brundin laboratory and directly report to Lena Brundin. As the fellow will be working on joint projects, he/she will also participate in regular project progress meetings together with additional PIs at Van Andel Institute.


  • A Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in neuroscience, behavioral medicine, biochemistry, molecular/cell biology or related subjects is required.
  • Research interest in neurology or/and mental health areas (human studies or/and animal models).
  • Molecular and cell biology skills such as ELISA, qPCR, Western Blotting, immunohistochemistry will be considered strengths.
  • Previous experience with animal models is a strength.
  • A record of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Must provide the names of three individuals who can provide recommendations and present a scientific seminar describing his or her previous research.

Preferred qualifications:

  • A self-motivated individual who is passionate about the project and willing to take challenges and open to suggestions and feedbacks.
  • Able to lead projects and make progress in a timely manner, as well as a team player. Participate in group meetings with a positive attitude.
  • A collaborative, hands-on researcher who proactively shares knowledge and expertise with lab members.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.