Postdoctoral Fellow: Parkinson's Disease Mechanisms (multiple positions)


Van Andel Institute


Grand Rapids, Michigan

Principal Investigator

Darren Moore


The laboratory of Prof. Darren Moore is looking for a highly motivated and collaborative postdoctoral fellows to join the Center for Neurodegenerative Science at the Van Andel Institute.

Multiple positions are available for ambitious scientists to use biochemical and cell biological approaches and rodent models to investigate the pathogenic mechanisms of late-onset familial and risk genes linked to Parkinson’s disease (PD), including LRRK2 and VPS35. The laboratory employs a multidisciplinary approach using experimental model systems, such as cell lines, primary cultures, Drosophila, rodents, and human brain tissue, to elucidate the normal function and pathophysiological mechanisms of proteins associated with familial and sporadic PD. Please visit the lab's website for an overview of our research interests: 



  • 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.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience in any of the following research areas: cell biology in neuronal and/or glial culture models; confocal and/or stereological microscopy; proteomics; viral vector technology; development of genetic animal models; rodent neuropathology and behavior.

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.