Postdoctoral Fellow - Neurodegenerative Diseases


Van Andel Research Institute


Grand Rapids, Michigan

Principal Investigator

Jiyan Ma



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 Please email Eric Miller at with difficulty uploading applications or with any questions.



  • 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.