Research Assistant - Developmental Biology


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 Institute is seeking a highly motivated, conscientious, and skilled Research Assistant to join Dr. Brady Maher’s laboratory. The focus of the lab is to use cell biology, molecular biology, animal models and stem cells to determine the function of genes associated with psychiatric disorders.

Overview of Duties:

  • Work closely with the investigator, post docs, and students in designing, coordinating, and overseeing research studies.
  • Routinely conduct assays using molecular, cell, and biochemistry techniques such as cloning, quantitative PCR, DNA and RNA isolation, gel electrophoresis, cell culture, protein purification, and western blot.
  • Oversee lab equipment procurement and maintenance
  • Organize and maintain laboratory reagents and stocks
  • Depending on abilities and motivation, there is the opportunity for primary responsibility for a specific project
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s degree in cell biology, molecular biology, genetics or a closely related field required

· Previous experience in a molecular or cell biology laboratory is preferred. 

Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with cell culture, molecular cloning, immunohistochemistry is desired
  • Experience with genotyping
  • Experience handling animals and colony maintenance
  • Excellent organizational, problem solving, and analytical skills required
  • Ability to work in a professional manner as both a self-starter and a team member
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong enthusiasm for science

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 

The Lieber Institute has mandated COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as applicable. All personnel must certify that they have obtained the necessary inoculations and to maintain a copy of that certification, which employees must provide at the Company's request. Exceptions to the COVID-19 and flu vaccine requirements may be provided, on a case-by-case basis, to individuals for either medical contraindications or sincerely held religious beliefs. Requests for a medical or religious exemption must be submitted in writing to Personnel who do not receive the COVID-19 or flu vaccines due to an exemption must wear a mask in shared spaces. Personnel without documentation of vaccination or valid exemption will be considered noncompliant with coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination requirements. The employee will receive a written warning from their supervisor that they are not in compliance with the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination policy and will then have 15 days to comply (either through vaccination or valid exemption).

For additional information, applicants should visit

EEOC Statement: At the Lieber Institute, we are committed to a work environment of mutual respect where employment decisions are based on merit. As an equal opportunity employer, the Lieber Institute does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability (physical or mental), genetic information, military service, or other non-merit based factors protected by state or federal law or local ordinance, with regard to any position or employment for which the applicant or employee is qualified.