Postdoctoral Fellow – Vulnerability in Neurodegenerative Disease (Henderson Lab)

Van Andel Institute
Grand Rapids, Michigan
$55,000+ (based on years of experience postdoc) + benefits
Closing date
Nov 15, 2021

Job Details

Postdoctoral Fellow – Vulnerability in Neurodegenerative Disease

The Henderson Neurodegenerative Disease Lab, in the Department of Neurodegenerative Science at the Van Andel Institute, is currently expanding our thriving research team for the study of neurodegenerative diseases. We are currently hiring a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the lab. We utilize cell and animal models of neurodegenerative disease to explore the underlying cause of disease and develop therapeutics for treatment. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, you will lead a funded research project aimed at understanding cell and circuit-level vulnerability to Parkinson’s disease.

Roles: A Postdoc is a leader in the laboratory. You will take a leading role on this important project, including performing experiments, analyzing data and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Henderson will support you in your studies and prepare you for advancement to academic, pharmaceutical or other careers. VAI has excellent institutional cores and career training opportunities.


  • D. or M.D./Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Neuroscience, or a related field
  • A track record of rigorous, high-impact research

Desired Skills - In addition to a responsible and collaborative ethos, you should possess a strong background in:

  • Neuroscience
  • Histology
  • Animal research
  • Microscopy
  • Oral and written communication

Candidates with the Following Expertise Will be Preferred:

  • Stereotaxic surgery
  • Modeling neurodegenerative disease
  • Molecular biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Big data analysis

How To Apply -

If you possess these attributes, submit: a single .pdf document bearing the following components:

  • A cover letter describing your research interests, experience, and how you might contribute to the Henderson Lab.
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae.
  • A list of 2-3 individuals who have agreed to act as references along with their contact details.

We are seeking to fill this position ASAP, it will remain open until filled, and we will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis. If you have any difficulty uploading your application or any questions, please email Megan Doerr at

Position Status and Salary: Full-time, non-exempt position.  Salary determined based on PhD/MD receipt date according to a set stipend schedule, which begins at $55,000 and increases annually with satisfactory performance. Applicants with exceptional qualifications may be considered for salaries above the minimum.

VAI provides postdoctoral training opportunities to scientists beginning their research careers ( Postdoc positions are to support 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. VAI’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs provides comprehensive career and professional development resources to postdocs.

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 Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) 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 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 exceptional career opportunities, green building and living, and innovative employers. 


Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent biomedical research and science education organization committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, VAI has grown into a premier research and educational institution. Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), VAI’s research division, 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 300 scientists and support staff that work in on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe. Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) is dedicated to strengthening science education, and preparing and motivating individuals to pursue science or science-related professions
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