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Vulnerability in Neurodegenerative Disease

Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Position Description:

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.


  • Ph.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 

To Apply:

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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


This post will be available until December 17, 2021 or until filled.

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