Postdoctoral Fellow - Pathogenesis and Pathophysiology of Parkinson’s Disease

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Apr 07, 2021
May 07, 2021
Position Type
Full Time

Van Andel Institute (VAI), a leading independent biomedical research facility, is dedicated to determining the epigenetic, genetic, molecular and cellular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases, and translating those findings into effective therapies. The Institute is home to more than 400 scientists and support staff that work in on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe.

A funded postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Hong-Yuan Chu, Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. The laboratory is part of the Department of Neurodegenerative Science and studies the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease at the molecular, cellular, and neural circuitry levels. The postdoctoral fellow will work in a highly interdisciplinary environment that allows close interaction with a growing Parkinson’s research community at VAI. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to be trained with both traditional and state-of-the-art technologies for neuroscience and neurodegeneration research. Excellent postdoctoral supports and career development workshops are available at laboratory and institutional levels (


  • A Ph.D. or equivalent degree, in Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology, Biomedical engineering, or related field, is required.
  • Demonstrated proficiency as evidenced by first-author publication(s) in peer-reviewed journals and is interested in acquiring new skills.
  • Prior experience with ex vivo or in vivo electrophysiology, GCaMP imaging, or in vivo optogenetic circuits manipulation is preferred.



  • Cover letter describing your research interests, experience, and career goals.
  • CV or NIH biosketch.
  • Contact details for 2-3 references.


This position will be open until filled. To apply, please email Hong-Yuan Chu, Ph.D. at



VARI is committed to achieving excellence through increasing diversity. We actively encourage applications from women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.

 Van Andel Institute is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer



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, theatres, 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.