Postdoctoral Fellow - Patrik Brundin Lab


Van Andel Institute


Grand Rapids, Michigan

Principal Investigator

Patrik Brundin


Submit your online application with a letter outlining research experience and interests; CV; contact details for three references. This position will be open until filled but early applications are encouraged.


Van Andel Institute’s P. Brundin Laboratory has two Postdoctoral Fellow positions available. The lab focuses on pathogenetic mechanisms and pharmacological treatment in cell and animal models of Parkinson's disease.

The Postdoctoral Fellows will work on a funded project focused on dissecting pathogenetic mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease. The overall goals of the project include developing and validating a mouse model of PD that can be used to better understand how the disease progresses and testing the effects of new, potentially disease-modifying, PD therapies.

VAI provides postdoctoral training opportunities to scientists beginning their research careers ( The fellowships are to help promising scientists advance their knowledge and research experience and at the same time support the research endeavors of VAI under the mentorship of a VAI Faculty member. All VAI Postdoctoral Fellows are encouraged to apply for external funding as soon as it is practical and reasonable after hire. Receiving a fellowship award provides recognition for both the fellow and VAI!

Postdoctoral Fellows at VAI are full-time employees and receive a competitive annual salary along with VAI benefits, including:

Medical, dental and vision coverage

Employer-sponsored life and AD&D insurance Additional voluntary life and AD&D insurance for employees and dependents Short-term and long-term disability insurance Flexible-spending accounts for health and child/elder care

401 K retirement savings plans with employee/employer contributions Paid vacation, holidays, personal days Relocation Assistance VAI is actively striving to diversify its workforce and strongly encourages qualified individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Van Andel Institute is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer.


  • A Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in neuroscience, biochemistry, and/or molecular and cell biology with expertise in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Experience with mouse models of neurological disease and knowledge of brain morphology are expected.
  • Previous experience with molecular and cell biology techniques, stereotaxic surgery, and mouse behavioral studies are also expected.
  • Must have a publication history and strong scientific writing skills.
  • Must provide the names of three individuals who can provide recommendations and present a scientific seminar describing his or her previous research.

Description of a Successful Candidate:

  • A self-motivated and driven individual who is able to exhibit exceptional research productivity and work collegially.
  • A detail-oriented researcher who thinks critically to effectively design experiments and address 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.

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