Research Associate, Imaging Development

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 a self-motivated individual with experience in molecular and cellular neurobiology to join our interdisciplinary research group as a Research Associate. This position is open to experienced laboratory scientists seeking a position within a translational research setting with a focus on spatial transcriptomics projects in human brain tissue in a dynamic team-based environment. Projects aim to generate transcriptome-scale maps in various regions of the human brain to understand differences in spatial gene expression in normal development and aging as well as in neuropsychiatric disorders. 

Overview of Duties:

The position participates in experimental design, conducts experiments and performs computational analysis to generate and interpret data. 

Additional Responsibilities include:

· Assist with brain tissue dissections

· RNA-seq library construction

· Cryosectioning of tissue

· Single molecule fluorescence in-situ hybridization

· Histological and immunofluorescence staining

· Confocal imaging and slide-scanning

· Histological and immunofluorescence image analysis

· Generate figures, organize data, present and explain data

· Manage ordering and reagent inventories

· Supervise experiments, provide training to junior staff members

· Other duties as assigned


 Minimum Qualifications:

· Bachelors degree in Neuroscience or a related field of biology required. Masters degree preferred

· Minimum 3 years full time molecular biology or computational biology experience is required

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

· molecular/cellular biology

· confocal microscopy

· next generation sequencing

· Programming in MATLAB, R or Python

· Image analysis

· Flow cytometry

· Single cell sequencing

· Spatial transcriptomics

· Neuroanatomy

Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Initiative to learn new methods and perform work efficiently and carefully are essential.Excellent organizational and communication skills also required.

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

Benefits:  We offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental and vision insurance, 403B with employer matching, paid time off, wellness programs, short term and long term disability and much more. More information can be found here: 

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 discrimenate 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. 

LIEBER INSTITUTE FOR BRAIN DEVELOPMENT'S COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSIONThe 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.