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.
This position is part of the Neural Plasticity research group and will work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary research group to advance ongoing projects that study the regulation of neural activity patterns at different resolution levels within reward-related circuits and their role in motivated behaviors that are relevant in neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. Current projects combine techniques such as in vivo endoscopic imaging of single-cell neuronal activity and in vivo electrophysiology with optogenetics and chemogenetics tools to manipulate specific neuronal circuits and to understand how the regulation of neuronal activity impacts the expression of motivated behaviors. This position will conduct experiments thoughtfully, analyze data, and participate in experimental design
Overview of Duties:
- Stereotaxic surgeries for viral transgenesis in rodent models
- Running rodent behavior tasks in touchscreen apparatus
- Immunohistochemical staining
- Confocal microscopy
- Assisting in conducting in vivo endoscopic imaging and electrophysiology experiments
- Assisting with analysis of endoscopic imaging and electrophysiology data
- Assist in general lab support and ordering
- Assisting with troubleshooting of new equipment and techniques
- Other duties as assigned
· BA/BS in Neuroscience, Psychology, or a closely related field is required
· Laboratory research experience preferred
· Flexible work schedule (occasional weekends and evenings are required due to nature of experiments)
Required Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
· Excellent organizational and communication skills
· Ability and initiative to learn new methods
· Ability to perform work efficiently and carefully are essential.
Experience with any of the following would be advantageous:
· Rodent handling/behavior
· Survival rodent surgeries
· Familiarity with MATLAB
· Viral vector use
- 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.
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LIEBER INSTITUTE FOR BRAIN DEVELOPMENT'S COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
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.
The Institute's commitment to diversity goes beyond compliance with laws and regulations that promote equal employment opportunity, prohibit discrimination and harassment, and support minority and woman owned businesses. To realize the advantages of its diversity, it is necessary to work effectively together even when differences challenge us to consider ideas and methods that seem impractical or make us feel uncomfortable.
The Lieber Institute for Brain Development demonstrates it commitment to diversity by:
- Including others: Talent is not limited to those with a narrow set of industry and academic credentials. The Institute is committed to building diverse teams, inviting others to share their perspectives, seeking out a diversity of input when making decisions, questioning traditional thinking, and promoting continuous learning and development.
- Respecting one another: The Institute is committed to listening carefully to others, seeking consensus, engaging in active and constructive debate, thoughtfully challenging one another, and providing constructive feedback.
- Building trust: The Institute is committed to sharing information and resources, depending on one another to get things done, keeping promises, and conveying high integrity in all actions.