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Postdoctoral Fellow - Brain Asymmetry in Parkinson's Disease

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 816-085


Postdoctoral Fellow - Laboratory of Gerry Coetzee

Genomic Methods in exploring brain asymmetry in Parkinson's Disease



The Coetzee Laboratory, at the Van Andel Institute, is currently seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the lab.




Under the direction of Gerry Coetzee, Ph.D., the lab uses genomics methods to explore brain left/right asymmetry in Parkinson’s Disease (PD).




Background reading:  


The enigma and implications of brain hemispheric asymmetry in neurodegenerative diseases. Lubben N, Ensink E, Coetzee GA, Labrie V.Brain Commun. 2021 Sep 6;3(3):fcab211. doi: 10.1093/braincomms/fcab211. eCollection 2021.


PMID: 34557668 






This Postdoctoral Fellow will investigate chromatin function, including at non-coding regions involved in PD.






  • A Ph.D. graduate with experience and publications in the fields of neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics or epigenetics and bioinformatics.
  • Must provide the names of three individuals who can provide recommendations and present a scientific seminar describing his or her previous research.




Specifically, we are interested in candidates with a background in molecular biology and human genetics as well as bioinformatics skills for the analyses of large data sets; programming skills in R and Python will be considered a plus.




Dr. Coetzee’s lab is part of the Department of Neurodegenerative Science, which focuses on elucidating disease mechanisms and identifying novel disease-modifying therapeutic approaches for major neurodegenerative diseases, with a special focus on PD. Additional areas of interest include dementias (Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies) and psychiatric disorders (depression, anxiety). Department faculty have research interests and expertise in the molecular underpinnings of neurodegenerative disease through an understanding of genetic risk, epigenetics, cell biology, biomarkers, neuropathology, neuroinflammation, neural circuits and patient-derived biospecimens. 




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, an integral part of postdoctoral 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 provide a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three references.




If you possess these attributes and desire to help us drive science from the bench to the clinic; while benefiting from a highly generous compensation package; we would welcome speaking with you and encourage you to apply today.



As Van Andel Institute is a drug and alcohol-free employer, all prospective new employees undergo a urinalysis/drug test as part of our pre-employment process. Prospective employees will also undergo a background check (criminal history and misconduct, employment, and degree verification). 




At Van Andel Institute, the health and safety of our people is our number one priority. As a condition of employment at Van Andel Institute, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. “Full vaccination” is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered.


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.




This position will be open until filled. If you have any difficulty uploading your application or any questions, please email Eric Miller at






About Grand Rapids, MI


Van Andel Research 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 walkable 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 myriad career opportunities.




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