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Adjunct Postdoctoral Fellow - Pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease

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Job no: 492847

Work type: EAP - 12-Month Adjunct AP (Administrative Professional)

Location: Grand Rapids

Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • A Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in neuroscience, biochemistry, and/or molecular and cell biology with expertise in Parkinson’s disease.

  • Previous experience with molecular and cell biology techniques.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with mouse models of neurological disease and knowledge of brain morphology.

  • Experience with mouse behavioral assays.

  • A strong record of high-impact peer-reviewed publications is highly desirable.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Demonstrated the ability to take responsibility for independent management of the project.

  • Demonstrated the ability to think critically to effectively design experiments and solve complex research problems, while being detail oriented.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness while working independently or in a team environment.


This project is NIH Funded (R21) and the overall goal of the project is to study the alpha-synuclein pathology in the context of a Parkinson’s disease-linked mutation. The candidate will use established model systems to determine effects of this mutation. The results from these studies could lead to development of novel therapeutic strategies to improve clinical outcomes of Parkinson’s disease. While working with the research team, the candidate will help guide research directions and provide expertise to facilitate the highest level of contribution to reach the project objectives.

Although this project is currently funded, an integral part of postdoctoral training is the process of preparing a research proposal and writing a fellowship application. All GVSU 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 GVSU!

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Department/Division: Biomedical Sciences department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Campus: Grand Rapids

Application Deadline Date: Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

How To Apply:

Apply online at and select “Apply Now”. Include a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and a document that includes the names and address of three references. Must provide the names of three individuals who can provide recommendations and present a scientific seminar describing his or her previous research. The online application system will allow candidates to electronically attach these documents. If you need assistance or have questions, call Human Resources at (616) 331-2215.

About Grand Rapids, MI

The collaboration is conducted at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus and at the Van Andel Research Institute in downtown Grand Rapids, MI which is the second largest city in Michigan and the largest city in West Michigan. Grand Rapids offers a remarkable combination of cosmopolitan atmosphere and small town warmth, known for its philanthropic and sustainability-driven community, and is ranked one of "America's Top 100 Places to Live."

Located on the banks of the Grand River, Grand Rapids offers all the big-city excitement you'd expect from a million-resident metropolis, featuring hundreds of restaurants and nightspots, theaters, museums, sports and concerts. The safe and clean downtown is surrounded by an eclectic mix of walk-able neighborhoods.

With a medical and life sciences industry boom, strong entrepreneurial activity, dedication to green building and living, and innovative employers, Grand Rapids' diverse economy continues to grow, offering endless career opportunities.

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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

Advertised: 01 May 2018 Eastern Daylight Time

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