Laboratory Maintenance Technician


A little about us:

The Lieber Institute for Brain Development (LIBD) was established in 2010 to plot a new course in biomedical research that would change the lives of individuals affected with developmental brain disorders. We are one of the only research institutions in the world focused specifically on understanding how genes and the environment influence the way our brains develop that lead to conditions such as schizophrenia, autism, bipolar disorder and related developmental brain disorders. Through our cutting-edge research, answers are emerging and being translated into a robust pipeline of new drugs in development. And, by focusing on genes and their dynamic interplay with the environment, we are getting even closer to the “holy grail” in medical research, the discovery of strategies for primary prevention.

We are a group of dedicated, multidisciplinary and optimistic researchers, working at the cutting edge of science, utilizing state-of-the-art tools to unlock the mystery of the brain and transform the way we approach the development of new treatments, and ultimately cures. LIBD is an independent 501(c)(3) medical research institute located in the Bioscience Park on the campus of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

Job Summary: 

The Laboratory Maintenance Technician is part of the Laboratories and Facilities operations team. The individual will perform operational support duties assisting the Facilities Director to ensure organizational safety and efficiency. Typical hours for this position are Monday through Friday 7:30am – 4pm. This position is Non-Exempt. 

Overview of Duties:

  • Responsible for materials handling which includes receiving, documenting receipt, storage and informing materials      requestor. May include shipping materials.
  • Responsible for general maintenance, in addition to the cleaning done by the daily maintenance staff. This might include painting touch up, carpet cleaning. 
  • Responsible for light construction and assembly.
  • Must move trash boxes, biohazardous waste boxes & other items from lab to staging area daily.
  • Moves office and lab furniture using special pneumatic moving devices.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the coffee stations are serviced and the refrigerators filled with beverages.
  • Assist the Director with general maintenance, very light construction and keeping the laboratory and office in great working condition.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Minimum Requirements

  • High School Diploma required
  • Minimum of 2 years maintenance experience required. Experience working in a laboratory, or similar, preferred.
  • Strong mechanical troubleshooting skills.
  • Knowledge of basic carpentry and how to safely handle tools.

Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

· Strong work ethic, ability to work productively and effectively including maintaining effective interactions with others under fast paced working conditions.

· Shows up for scheduled work hours on time in a clean, presentable manner.

· Working knowledge of plumbing a plus.

· Able to install wall racks, assemble furniture, move furniture.

· Understands the importance of the work being done by the scientists and is sensitive to working around their schedules.

· Incumbent is required to work in an office and a laboratory environment with limited exposure to fumes, chemicals, biological materials and organisms, and equipment

Physical Requirements:

  • Able  to safely climb stepladders, lift/carry packages up to 60lbs, stock shelves, use mechanical lifts, gas cylinder carts and pallet jacks to move heavy or delicate scientific equipment without damage to the equipment or person. 
  • Reaching and grasping to manipulate objects with fingers;
  • Physical dexterity sufficient to move body frequently around laboratory equipment and instrumentation.
  • Ability to speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably with sufficient volume to ensure an      accurate exchange of information in normal conversational distance, over the telephone, and in a group setting

** If accommodations are needed due to pregnancy or a disability, please contact 

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