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Old 11-19-2015, 11:29 AM   #1
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Default Postdoctoral Researcher in Parkinsons at Van Andel Reasearch Institute

Van Andel Research Instituteís Coetzee Laboratory has a positions available for Postdoctoral Fellows.

The Coetzee lab uses use GWAS and post-GWAS functional characterizations to determine which SNPs truly are associated with the risk of developing Parkinsonís and how they are linked to disease onset.

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.

This postdoctoral position is available for motivated PhD graduate who meets the qualifications and description outlined below.

Qualifications:
  • 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.
Description of a Successful Candidate:
  • A driven individual who is able to exhibit exceptional research productivity and take responsibility for independent management of the project
  •  Ability to think critically to effectively design experiments and solve complex research problems
  •  A hands-on researcher and a natural collaborator comfortable interacting at all levels
  •  A team player who proactively shares knowledge and expertise with lab members
  •  A detail oriented researcher who still keeps a clear grasp of the big picture
Job Functions:
The overall goal of the project is to study genetic predisposition loci of Parkinsonís disease.

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) 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 VARI under the mentorship of a VARI 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 VARI 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 VARI!


Position Status and Salary: Full-time, non-exempt position. Salary determined based on Doctorate/MD receipt date according to a set stipend schedule, which begins at $45,500 up to a maximum of $52,000. Benefits include:
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  •  Employer-sponsored life and AD&D insurance
  •  Additional voluntary life and AD&D insurance for employees and dependents
  •  Short-term and long-term disability insurance
  •  Flexible-spending accounts for health and child/elder care
  •  401 K retirement savings plans with employee/employer contributions
  •  Paid vacation, holidays, personal days

Application Process:
Qualified applicants should provide a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and address 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 by visiting http://bit.ly/VARI_Postdoc_Parkinson!

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

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 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.
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