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.
A postdoctoral position is available to study how neural activity patterns in limbic and reward-related circuits contribute to behaviors that are relevant for neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. Current projects apply techniques in intersectional molecular genetics with in vivo optical imaging and electrophysiology to better understand how motivated behavior is regulated. More specifically, the project seeks to understand how activity in defined circuits impacts large-scale network activity patterns during touchscreen-based assays of attention and reward-related behavior.
The scientist will be committed to a common mission, a team effort, and collaborations across academia and industry.
Education: Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience, or related field preferred.
• Expertise/familiarity and/or strong willingness to learn viral transgenesis, stereotaxic targeting, optogenetic/chemogenetic manipulation, mouse behavior, and a combination of the following attributes:
• A strong interest in the biological basis of behavior associated with mental illness
• Experience with in vivo electrophysiology
• Experience with miniscope imaging
• Familiarity with signal processing analysis in Matlab or Python
• Excellent problem-solving skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Focus is working on Lieber Institute projects under the direction of an Investigator or Research Scientist.
• Works collaboratively with Institute scientists as a resource provider and internal consultant.
• Designs, executes and troubleshoots experiments\analyses independently or with minimal guidance.
• Manages and mentors people with guidance.
• Establishes timelines and milestones for projects and meets them.
• Contributes to publications.
• Highly self motivated
• Works both collaboratively and independently in executing research studies.
• Familiarity with literature searching for precedent.
• Ability to communicate experiment results to lab and institute-wide.
- 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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