Van Andel Research Institute’s P. Brundin Laboratory, under the direction of Patrik Brundin, M.D., Ph.D., has 2 positions available for Postdoctoral Fellows.
The Patrik Brundin lab focus on pathogenetic mechanisms and pharmacological treatment in cell and animal models of Parkinson's disease. They also study cell replacement therapy with stem cells in attempts to repair brains in animal models of parkinsonism. The group's mission is to understand neurodegenerative diseases and develop new therapies that are of benefit to patients and their caregivers.
Recently, the lab been involved in one of the most promising developments for a cure, or at least progress, in fighting Parkinson’s disease. A new investigational drug originally developed for type 2 diabetes is being readied for human clinical trials in search of the world's first treatment to impede the progression of Parkinson's disease, following publication of the lab’s new research.
Both of these postdoctoral positions are available IMMEDIATELY and for motivated scientists who meet the qualifications and descriptions outlined below.
One of the fellows will investigate the contribution of a genetic mutation linked to Parkinson’s disease to alpha-synuclein pathogenesis. 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 other fellow will investigate two experimental compounds in pre-clinical model systems of Parkinson’s disease. The overall goal of the project is to study novel treatments that may impact Parkinson’s disease in preclinical models. The candidate will use established model systems to determine effects of these compounds.
The results from both of these studies could lead to development of novel therapeutic strategies to improve clinical outcomes of Parkinson’s disease.
Specifically, we are interested in candidates with a background in neuroscience and Parkinson’s disease.
Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) 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 VARI under the mentorship of a VARI Faculty member.
While 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 VARI 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 VARI!
Qualified applicants should provide a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and address of three references by visiting https://vai-careers.silkroad.com/.
If you possess these attributes and desire to help us drive science from the bench to the clinic; while benefiting from a highly generous compensation package; we would welcome speaking with you and encourage you to apply today.
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.
This position will be open until filled. If you have any difficulty uploading your application or any questions, please email Eric Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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