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Research Technician - Epigenetic changes in Parkinson's


Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 661-085


Research Technician

Epigenetic Changes in Parkinson's disease


The Labrie Lab, under the direction of Dr. Viviane Labrie, is seeking a Research Technician to be a part of our research team.  As a Research Technician, you will be working on a newly funded project focused on infections as triggers of Parkinson's disease. The overall goal of the project is to identify bacterial and viral pathogens that can act as triggers and how they interact (e.g. via epigenetic changes) to cause Parkinson’s disease.


Roles: Laboratory research.  Including the ability to accurately adhere to experimental protocols, acquire, and archive data.  You will participate in all lab projects and be given the opportunity to contribute as an author to lab publications and pursue promotion. 


Desired Skills – in addition to an intense curiosity of biology and human genetics, you must possess the following:  

  • Strong Molecular Biology skills, including:
    • nucleic acid isolation
    • PCR
    • qPCR
    • enzymatic reactions
    • pipetting
    • electrophoresis
    • Western blotting
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills


Individuals with the following will be highly preferred:

  • Scientific writing skills and a publication record
  • Experience with neuroscience and/or microbiology and/or virology
  • Applicants with flow cytometry experience



  • Bachelor's degree or higher degree in a biological science and a good understanding of Cellular & Molecular Biology.
  • 3-5 years of Research Experience in genetics and/or molecular/cell biology.



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 Labrie Lab’s Research.
  • 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 Eric Miller at



VAI is actively striving to diversify its workforce and strongly encourages qualified individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Van Andel Institute is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer.

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