Postdoctoral Fellow – Molecular Mechanisms of Parkinson's Disease


Van Andel Research Institute


Grand Rapids, Michigan

Principal Investigator

Darren Moore


Qualified applicants should provide a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details of three references, to Darren Moore (


The position is available for an ambitious scientist to use or 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, including primary neurons, C.elegans, Drosophila, and rodents, to elucidate the biological function and pathophysiological mechanisms of proteins linked to 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 or gene targeting/editing approaches. PFor an overview of research and lab, visit



  • A recent Ph.D. graduate with demonstrated experience in any of the following fields: 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.

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 a project.
  • A detail-oriented researcher who still keeps a clear grasp of the big picture.
  • A team player who proactively shares knowledge and expertise with lab members.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.