Department of Translational Neuroscience
MSU’s Department of Translational Neuroscience is an Academic Unit within the College of Human Medicine (MSU-CHM) and is the home of 14 faculty members whose research focuses on Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and traumatic brain injury. Translational Neuroscience laboratories are located within the new 85,000 net sq. ft. state-of-the-art MSU Grand Rapids Research Center (GRRC). The over $200 million expansion of MSU-CHM to Grand Rapids, MI is, by design, a coordinated effort among partner hospitals (Spectrum Health, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s) and research-intensive institutions (MSU-CHM, Van Andel Research Institute) to bring basic researchers and clinicians together to create unified translational science initiatives. With these resources, CHM and its partner institutions in Grand Rapids are laying the foundation to create a geographic nexus unparalleled in its commitment to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s research excellence.
This position is for a candidate to join Translational Neuroscience’s Parkinson’s disease research group. The Parkinson’s disease research group faculty have established, NIH-funded, research programs utilizing cell and animal models of PD to study alpha-synuclein biology, neuroinflammation, levodopa-induced dyskinesias, deep brain stimulation, and aging and epigenetic contributors to degeneration. The candidate will be expected to lead a unique Parkinson’s disease research program that is complementary to these existing research focuses, collaborate with existing faculty to broaden the vision for Parkinson’s disease research at MSU and participate in mentoring and instruction of students in MSU graduate training programs. MSU offers an extremely competitive salary, benefits and start-up package.
The position requires a PhD or equivalent with a record of continuous and sustained scholarship in Parkinson’s disease research commensurate with experience. The scope of the candidate’s research program should demonstrate a strong commitment to translational efforts bridging basic science discoveries with clinical application. An established track record of participating in multidisciplinary team-based collaborations is essential. Dedication to mentoring students/fellows should be evident. Applicants for Associate Professor with Tenure should have a successful active extramural funding history in Parkinson’s disease research.
Research focus including but not limited to basal ganglia circuit dynamics, cognition, astrocyte/microglial biology, synaptic transmission or lysosomal function is desired. Methodological expertise in two photon calcium imaging, optogenetics and in vivo electrophysiology is preferred.
How to Apply- To apply for this position, please submit application materials here:
For full consideration, please submit your completed application with the required materials no later than April 1, 2022.
- Cover Letter
- Current Curriculum Vitae with contact information
- Research Program Description – Including Research Vision Statement (maximum 3 pages)
- A statement describing your commitment to and experience promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in your research, teaching, and service (maximum 1 page)
- List of 3 references with contact information