Research Associate (Consenting) – Neuropathology


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 Research Associate will work within our Neuropathology department, consenting postmortem human brain donations for clinical research with legal next-of-kin, as well as to prepare clinical case reviews for brain donations, and complete associated clinical data entry.

Key responsibilities:

· Obtaining informed consent with legal next-of-kin for postmortem human brain donations across multiple collection sites as needed via telephone.

· Completing telephone screening questionnaire with next-of-kin to gather clinical and demographic histories for brain donors.

· Reviewing donor medical, psychiatric, primary care, and substance abuse treatment records for donors. 

· Preparing clinical case reviews and psychiatric narrative summaries of all clinical, demographic, toxicology, neuropathological, and other forensic investigative data obtained for a brain donor.

· Assisting with various aspects of clinical data entry into lab database for brain donors.



Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, nursing, counseling, neuroscience, biology or a closely related field required. Master’s degree in psychology, social work, or counseling strongly preferred.

Experience: A minimum of 3 years of experience preferred in the psychology, social work, counseling or related medical field strongly preferred. 

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

· Bilingual (Spanish preferred)

· Clinical skill in working with grieving families who have just lost a loved one

· Ability to balance research screening with communicating empathy to potential donors during a difficult time in their lives

· Knowledge of psychiatric symptoms/disorders

· Ability to ascertain complex clinical information from next-of-kin

· Ability to work tactfully with varying personalities

· Ability to summarize a large volume of clinical data into a template format for psychiatrist review

· Ability to maintain accurate electronic records

· Keen attention to detail and accuracy

· Excellent organization and record-keeping skills for maintaining postmortem clinical data

· Ability to manage time effectively

· Ability to effectively communicate: written and oral communication

· Must work well under pressure and in potentially high-stress situations

· Ability to be a problem-solver, skilled at providing multiple creative solutions to potential or existing problems

*This position could require infrequent vacation coverage during evenings and weekend for no more than 3-4 weeks per year. 

Physical Requirements: 

  • Incumbent is required to work in an office environment. 
  • Must be able to move about the office and campus as well as remain stationary for extended periods of time.
  • Physical dexterity sufficient to move body frequently around laboratory equipment and instrumentation.
  • Ability to continuously operate a personal computer for extended periods of time
  • Visual acuity as well as mental acuity sufficient to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions are required
  • 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
  • Physical dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard and other office equipment, use a telephone, access file cabinets and other items stored at various levels, including overhead
  • Ability to lift or move objects up to 25 lbs.

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


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The Lieber Institute for Brain Development is a transparent and collaborative community working to produce unique and imaginative patient-oriented solutions to developmental neuropsychiatric disorders. It is committed to integrating scientists from diverse disciplines, cultures, and countries into a research team that draws upon the best of its staff. The Institute is historic—it is defining a unique model for ground-breaking science. It values translational science that revolutionizes the field and improves the quality of life for those affected by mental illness. The Institute provides an environment that fosters independent growth through mentorship and a supportive, collegial community. Diverse minds, ideas, and talent are needed to support LIBD's mission. Fresh, innovative ideas and perspectives are a competitive necessity in an increasingly diverse and global marketplace. The success of the Institute's mission depends upon leveraging a diversity of talent.

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