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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Neurodegenerative Disease

Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 501-085


VARI Center for Neurodegenerative Science Faculty Positions


Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent nonprofit biomedical research and science education organization committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. We are an agile institute known for breaking down barriers that hold innovation captive.


VAI has grown into a premier research and educational institution that supports the work of more than 360 scientists, educators and staff. Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), VAI’s research division, is driven by a strong commitment to harnessing the power of epigenetics in basic discovery and translational research in cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.


The Vision of VARI is to expand the growing global recognition for our transformative model of fundamental and translational research across the scientific continuum, expediting the application of novel investigator-led ideas to impact human health. We achieve this through collaborating with academia, industry and philanthropy and by orchestrating cutting-edge clinical trials to improve human health.


To continue building on our recent success in attracting world-class scientific talent, building critical mass, and creating gravitational pull to West Michigan within our scientific focus areas, we are currently inviting applications for one faculty position at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level within our Center for Neurodegenerative Science


The Center for Neurodegenerative Science’s work revolves around three main goals: disease modification, biomarker discovery, and brain repair. In early 2019 the Center will be composed of 9 Principal Investigators and their labs, experts in a variety of fields all focusing on the development of novel treatments that slow or stop the progression of neurodegenerative disease, in particular Parkinson’s disease.


To learn more about ongoing research in the Center for Neurodegenerative Science, visit:


As an Assistant Professor, you must be an exceptional, early career-scientist who would flourish in and enrich VARI’s research environment. You will also be expected to develop a state-of-the-art, innovative, independent internationally recognized research program.


As an Associate or Full Professor you will be an internationally recognized leader in your area of focus, possess active extramural funding, and will further develop your distinguished research program.





Individuals will be evaluated upon the following criteria:


  • A relevant Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree
  • Postdoctoral training
  • Peer-reviewed publication Record
  • A strong record of research accomplishments


All faculty at VARI receive a very competitive research support package including:


  • start-up funding
  • 100% internal support for faculty member salary and benefits
  • generous supplemental laboratory funding
  • dedicated administrative support


Van Andel Institute Graduate School, housed within Van Andel Research Institute, prepares students for doctoral research in cell and molecular biology and fully funds graduate student support in VARI’s laboratories.


Faculty within VARI also our supported by our Core Technologies and Services. VARI’s Cores enhance the Institute’s mission by advancing research through expertise in specialized, shared equipment, technology, data interpretation, communication and training.


Our core services include;

  • Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
  • Confocal Microscopy and Quantitative Imagining
  • Cryo-EM
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Genomics
  • Pathology and Biorepository
  • Small-animal imagining
  • Vivarium and Transgenics


To apply, for a faculty opening, please submit the following:


  • cover letter highlighting key qualifications
  • current curriculum vitae with complete bibliography
  • names and contact information of three references
  • a one- or two-page research statement and a list of three publications that best epitomize your relevant skills related to this opening



Please direct questions about these Faculty open positions to Eric Miller, B.S., Talent Acquisition Manager at


Application reviews will begin immediately, and will continue until the positions are filled.



VAI is actively striving to diversify its workforce and strongly encourages qualified individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.



About Grand Rapids, MI


Van Andel Institute’s Science Academy 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, theaters, 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.