Research Associate – Imaging Development
Description

  

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: 

We are seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to join the Imaging Development group, headed by Dr. Stephanie Page, as a Research Associate. This position is best suited for candidates with significant experience in molecular biology, next generation sequencing, library prep, FACS sorting, and microscopy. The successful applicant will work within a dynamic team-based environment in a translational research setting with a focus on spatial transcriptomics projects in postmortem human brain tissue. Projects aim to generate transcriptome-scale maps in the human brain to understand differences in spatial gene expression in neuropsychiatric disorders. The successful applicant will thoughtfully conduct experiments, analyze data, participate in experimental design, and train junior personal. 


Overview of Duties: 

· RNA extraction and qPCR

· RNA-seq library construction

· Nuclei isolation and FACs sorting

· Immunocytochemistry and single-molecule fluorescent in situ hybridization 

· Confocal microscopy and slide scanning

· Cryosectioning, histological or immunofluorescence staining, confocal microscopy

Requirements

  

Minimum Qualifications:

· A Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Biology, or a closely related field is required. MS degree is preferred

· Minimum of 3 years of relevant laboratory research experience, including experience with RNA-seq is required


Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

· Confocal Microscopy experience

· Excellent organizational and communication skills

· Attention to detail and the ability to perform work carefully and efficiently are essential. 


Familiarity with any of the following topics or techniques is a plus:

· Neuroanatomy 

· Flow cytometry

· Next generation sequencing

· Programming in MATLAB, R or Python


Physical Requirements:

· Remaining in a seated or standing position for extended periods of time;

· Reaching and grasping to manipulate objects with fingers;

· Mobility, including the ability to maneuver around a laboratory setting including the ability to move materials weighing up to 25 pounds;

· Communication skills using the spoken and written word; 

· Having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication;

· All other physical demands in a standard laboratory environment.


** If accommodations are needed due to pregnancy or a disability, please contact jobs@libd.org 


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