Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Parkinson's disease

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Oct 15, 2019
Dec 14, 2019
Position Type
Full Time

VAI Center for Neurodegenerative Science Faculty Position

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor


Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent nonprofit biomedical research and science education organization committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. We are an agile institute known for breaking down barriers that hold innovation captive.


VAI has grown into a premier research and educational institution that supports the work of more than 360 scientists, educators and staff.


To continue building on our recent success in attracting world-class scientific talent, building critical mass, and creating gravitational pull to West Michigan within our key scientific focus areas, we are currently inviting applications for faculty positions at the level of Assistant Professor within our Center for Neurodegenerative Science to focus on Parkinson’s disease. Applications may also be considered from highly accomplished scientists at the level of Associate or Full Professor.


The Center for Neurodegenerative Science has a primary focus on the etiological mechanisms and treatments for Parkinson’s disease. The Center is composed of 9 Principal Investigators, with expertise spanning neurogenetics, epigenetics, biomarkers, cell biology, neurocircuitry, animal models and therapeutic development for Parkinson’s disease. The successful applicant is expected to complement the strengths and expertise of existing faculty. Research areas of particular interest in Parkinson’s disease include, but are not limited to, the role of: neuroinflammation and the immune system, autophagy/lysosomal biology, vesicular sorting pathways, mitochondrial biology and bioenergetics, proteostasis, and synaptic function. Applicants employing novel technologies and/or disease models are especially encouraged.       


As an Assistant Professor, you must be an exceptional, early career-scientist who would flourish in and enrich VAI’s research environment. You will also be expected to develop an ambitious, innovative, extramurally funded and independent research program. Applicants for Associate or Full Professor are expected to be recognized leaders of international standing, with mature research programs, and possess active NIH grant funding.



Individuals will be evaluated upon the following criteria:


  • A relevant Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree
  • Postdoctoral training
  • Exceptional publication record in peer-reviewed journals
  • A strong record of research accomplishments
  • A well-developed research plan


Faculty at VAI receive a highly competitive research support package including:

  • generous start-up funding
  • 100% internal support for faculty salary and benefits
  • supplemental laboratory funding
  • dedicated administrative support


Van Andel Institute Graduate School, housed within Van Andel Institute, prepares students for doctoral research in cell and molecular biology and provides funding for graduate student support in VAI’s laboratories.


Faculty within VAI also are supported by our Core Technologies and Services. VAI’s Cores enhance the Institute’s mission by advancing research through expertise in specialized, shared equipment, technology, data interpretation, communication and training.


Our core services include;

  • Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
  • Optical Imaging
  • Cryo-EM
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Genomics
  • Pathology and Biorepository
  • Vivarium and Transgenics


To apply, for a faculty opening, please submit the following:


  • cover letter highlighting key qualifications
  • current curriculum vitae with complete bibliography
  • names and contact information of three references
  • a 2-3 page research statement and a list of three publications that best epitomize your relevant skills related to this opening


Apply directly at


Please direct questions about these Faculty open positions to Eric Miller, B.S., Talent Acquisition Manager at


Application reviews will begin immediately, and will continue until the positions are filled.



VAI is actively striving to diversify its workforce and strongly encourages qualified individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.




About Grand Rapids, MI

Van Andel Institute is located 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 walkable 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.





Individuals will be evaluated upon the following criteria:


  • A relevant Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree
  • Postdoctoral training
  • Exceptional publication record in peer-reviewed journals
  • A strong record of research accomplishments
  • A well-developed research plan

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