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Post-Doctoral Fellow – Genomic Sciences and Neurodegeneration

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 680-085

Post-Doctoral Fellow – Genomic Sciences and Neurodegeneration


We are looking for a highly motivated and collaborative post-doctoral fellow to work on a project being developed by the laboratories of Drs. Rita Guerreiro and José Brás, in the Center for Neurodegenerative Science at the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


The position is available for an ambitious scientist to use or establish genome-wide genomic analyses methods to identify novel genes and variants associated with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The laboratories employ a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to the study of familial and sporadic neurodegenerative diseases and has large collections of samples and genomic data for different neurological diseases. The successful candidate will use these data to identify causative mutations and variants associated with disease risk that may be new targets for the development of drugs for Alzheimer's disease and associated disorders.


For this particular project we are interested in the analysis of genetics data, e.g. GWAS and WES/WGS; RNAseq and scRNA-seq; 'omics' data integration; interpretation of results from genetic data analyses; post-GWAS analyses (variant to function); big data integration and data mining approaches for genetics and genomics.

Please visit our websites for an overview of our research and labs:;


  • A recent Ph.D. graduate with demonstrated experience in any of the following fields: neurogenetics, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics and/or computational biology. At least one publication in one of these fields would be
  • A preferred candidate will have experience in any of the following research areas/methodologies: GWAS; Exome sequencing; Genome sequencing; Mendelian genetic analyses; single cell sequencing; molecular/cellular
  • A self-motivated and driven individual who is able to exhibit exceptional research productivity and take responsibility for independent management of a
  • A detail-oriented researcher who still keeps a clear grasp of the big
  • A team player who proactively shares knowledge and expertise with lab
  • Excellent written and oral communication

Description of a Successful Candidate:

Job Functions:

Van Andel Institute (VAI) provides postdoctoral training opportunities to scientists beginning their research careers. The fellowships are to help promising scientists advance their knowledge and research experience and at the same time support the research endeavors of VAI under the mentorship of a VAI Faculty member. While this project is currently funded by an NIH R01 grant, an integral part of post-doctoral training is the process of preparing a research proposal and writing a fellowship application. All VAI Postdoctoral Fellows are encouraged to apply for external funding as soon as it is practical and reasonable after hire. Receiving a fellowship award provides recognition for both the fellow and VAI.

Application Process:

Qualified applicants should apply online providing:

  • cover letter outlining research experience and interests,
  • curriculum vitae, and
  • names and contact details of three references

Application materials and inquiries may be sent to Dr. Rita Guerreiro ( and Dr. Jose Bras (

If you possess these attributes and a desire to help us drive scientific discovery, while benefiting from a highly generous compensation package, we would welcome speaking with you and encourage you to apply. Please contact Megan Doerr ( for further information or questions, or if you have any difficulty with the application process.


VAI is actively striving to diversify its workforce and strongly encourages qualified individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Van Andel Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) 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."

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 exceptional career opportunities, green building and living, and innovative employers. 

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