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Research Technician - Molecular and cellular mechanisms of Parksinon's Disease symptoms


Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 687-085

Research Technician

Van Andel Institute (VAI), is an independent non-profit biomedical research and education institute 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.

The laboratory of Dr. Hong-Yuan Chu is seeking a Research Technician. The laboratory is part of the Center for Neurodegenerative Science and studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease symptoms. The research technician 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.


In this role, you would be tasked to:

  • Order and receive laboratory supplies and reagents.
  • Prepare solutions and reagents for brain slice electrophysiology experiments.
  • Perform rodent stereotaxic surgery.
  • Immunohistochemical analysis of brain tissues.
  • This list will change as projects evolve and you should be open-minded to learn new things.


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor or Master of Science degree in Biology, Physiology, Neuroscience or related science.
  • Experience working with mice is highly preferred.
  • Experience in electrophysiology is desirable.



Please submit the following online:

  • Cover letter describing your research interests and experience.
  • CV/Resume
  • Contact details for 1-2 references.

This position will be open until filled. Questions may be directed to, or please email Hong-Yuan Chu, Ph.D.


Van Andel Institute is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer. VAI is committed to achieving excellence through increasing diversity. We actively encourage applications from women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.


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.

This position is located at 333 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI. View the Google Map in full screen.