Research Associate-Fixed Term

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Jun 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary

A Research Associate (postdoctoral fellow) is being sought to work in the Parkinson’s disease research laboratory of Dr. Alison Bernstein, Assistant Professor in the Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine. This Research Associate w will participate in research to characterize epigenetic changes in Parkinson’s disease and in rodent toxicological models of Parkinson’s disease. This project will involve analysis of human post-mortem brain tissue and brain tissue from adult and developmental exposures to the organochlorine pesticide, dieldrin. A variety of experimental approaches that include bioinformatics analyses, in vitro cell culture, immunohistochemistry, protein quantification, neurotransmitter uptake assays and high content imaging will be used. Training will be provided in techniques as needed. The fellow will also be trained and participate in collaborative experimental design and execution, analysis of data and scholarly communication of results for publication in peer-reviewed journals.  In addition, training will include instruction and participation in laboratory management. This position is located at 333 Bostwick Ave NE, GrandRapids, MI.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Biological Sciences

Minimum Requirements

This position requires a doctoral degree in biological sciences, molecular neuroscience is preferable, at least four years of experience working in a basic science laboratory, and an understanding of standard molecular biology, biochemistry, and rodent animal model techniques. Experience with R, Linux and bioinformatics analysis preferred but not required. Skills needed are experience with data generation and management, data analysis and interpretation, writing laboratory procedures and results, written and oral communication of results, the ability to supervise students, and the use of standard computer software. Excellent command of written and spoken English isrequired.  

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge and/or experience with protein analysis, tissue culture, primary culture, animal handling, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, high content imaging is preferred. Experience with bioinformatics analysis is preferred but not required. Knowledge and experience with toxicology is preferred but not required. At a minimum, applicants should be proficient with basic statistical analyses as would normally be expected for biomedical research. 

Required Application Materials

CV and Cover Letter

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on June 27, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Summary of Health Risks

Possible exposure to human tissue (brain). Possible work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.