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Research Technician – Parkinson’s disease risk factors


Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 668-085

Research Technician – Parkinson’s disease risk factors

Van Andel Institute is a leading independent biomedical research facility 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.

 Job Description:

The Henderson Lab, in the Center for Neurodegenerative Science, is currently building a research team for the study of neurodegenerative diseases. As a Research Technician, you will participate in projects aimed at understanding the underlying etiology of diseases like Parkinson's disease and evaluating treatments for those diseases in preclinical models.

Roles: A Research Technician is an integral member of any laboratory. You will participate in all lab projects and be given the opportunity to contribute as an author to lab publications, pursue promotion, and to prepare for your next career step.


  • Bachelors or higher degree in Biology, Neuroscience, or a related field
  • 1+ years of experience in wet lab research

Desired Skills - In addition to a responsible and collaborative ethos, you should possess the following experience:

  • Animal research
  • Biochemistry (protein extraction, Western blot)
  • Molecular biology (PCR, cloning)
  • Maintenance of lab notebook

Candidates with the Following Expertise Will be Preferred:

  • Animal surgery
  • Animal husbandry
  • Sterile cell culture

 Compensation and Benefits:

 All full-time employees of Van Andel Institute are eligible for benefits, effective day one! Pay will be commensurate with experience.

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


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.

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."

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