Senior Alzheimer's Disease Scientist (Professor Level)

Michigan State University in Michigan

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted July 2, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

The College of Human Medicine of Michigan State University seeks a senior scientist at the professor level (tenured) to help lead a growing Alzheimers disease (AD) and dementia research group. The AD research group currently focuses on tau protein biology, neurodegeneration, and the study of conversion from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to AD.  The AD and dementia research group is housed within the Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine (TSMM) which also hosts the Parkinsons disease (PD) research group and the NIH funded Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence in PD Research at MSU.  Beyond shepherding their own research program and contributing to the development of the AD research group in TSMM, this senior scientist will advise and guide emerging research efforts within the Division of Clinical Neurosciences to build a nationally recognized basic, translational and clinical research program. The ideal candidate should be a nationally recognized thought leader with a successful and active funding history, a track record of building team-based research operations, and the ability to collaborate, build consensus and provide vision for the AD and dementia research program. The candidate will be expected to contribute to search efforts for junior faculty within the AD research group of TSMM and clinician scientists for the Division of Clinical Neurosciences.  MSU offers an extremely competitive salary, benefits and startup package. This a unique opportunity to influence and help lead a rapidly developing world-class translational research program in neurodegenerative diseases. The position is funded by the Alliance, a partnership between MSU and Spectrum Health Systems, and will be based in Grand Rapids.


The Department of TSMM is a rapidly expanding department at MSU. TSMM is housed within modern laboratory and office space located in the Grand Rapids Medical Mile of downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Departmental research is enhanced through collaborative efforts with local clinical and basic research institutes such as the Spectrum Health System and colleagues at the East Lansing MSU campus.


Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan and recently became the headquarters of MSUs College of Human Medicine. Grand Rapids was recently deemed the best city for raising a family by Forbes ( and the #1 US destination by Lonely Planet ( The city is home to a renowned art scene, museums, a vibrant farm-to-fork restaurant scene, easy access to the Gold Coast of Lake Michigan (just 30 miles from fantastic beaches), a symphony, an opera house, the Van Andel sports arena (home to the GR Griffins hockey team), and much more. 


Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity; we seek individuals who will contribute to our intellectual diversity and cultural richness. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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