Jobs

Postdoctoral Fellow - Neurodegenerative Diseases

Employer

Van Andel Research Institute

Location

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Principal Investigator

Jiyan Ma

Contact

eric.miller@vai.org

Description

The Ma Laboratory aims to elucidate how protein misfolding occurs during disease and how misfolded proteins cause neurodegeneration. Currently, the lab is studying two late-onset neurodegenerative diseases, prion disease and Parkinson’s disease, with a wide range of approaches, from in vitro biochemical studies with recombinant proteins to in vivo analyses in animal models.

This postdoctoral position is available IMMEDIATELY and is for a motivated scientist who meets the qualifications and description outlined below.

Projects including regarding the pathogenic mechanism and therapeutic development of prion and/or Parkinson’s disease will be carried out. The specific project for the postdoctoral fellow will be determined according to the fellow’s research interest and training background.

Qualified applicants should provide a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and address of three references by http://bit.ly/Postdoc-MaLab-VARI. Please email Eric Miller at eric.miller@vai.org with difficulty uploading applications or with any questions.

Requirements

Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biomedicine or related studies;
  • Knowledge of neurodegenerative disease models, protein biochemistry, mitochondria biology, or immunology would be an asset.

Description of a Successful Candidate:

  • A self-motivated and driven individual who is able to exhibit excellent 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.