Research Liaison (Brain Collection) – Neuropathology

  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 Research Liaison will work within our Neuropathology department, screening and collecting postmortem human brain specimens at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland, as well as managing all medical examiner records associated with each brain donor.

Key responsibilities:

· Attending medical examiner rounds 3-4 days per week (with occasional coverage 5 days per week for vacations) to identify and screen for potential donors for a postmortem human brain donation protocol, with attention to research inclusion/exclusion criteria.

· Retrieving, collecting, and packaging postmortem brain, blood, and hair/scalp samples.

· Coordinating transport of specimens with courier service. 

· Maintaining communication, rapport and strong partnership with the Medical Examiner’s Office, including medical examiners, autopsy technicians, records management staff, and senior staff, as well as Lieber staff.

· Troubleshooting logistical or clinical situations as needed.

· Daily travel locally (within Baltimore city) with personal transportation (or rideshare as needed) to and from Medical Examiner's Office or other local facilities, as needed.

· Tracking and managing receipt of all medical examiner medical records for a multi-site tissue collection program, including autopsy reports, toxicology testing, forensic investigations, proof of death documents, and/or organ donation documents.

· Sharing any Lieber documentation with the medical examiner staff in a timely manner (e.g., audiotaped consents with next-of-kin, telephone screens, macroscopic and microscopic neuropathology reports, which may become part of the official autopsy report).

· Entering data periodically as it pertains to brain donors.



Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, biology or a closely related field.

Experience: 1-2 years of experience preferred in the psychology, biology or medical research fields. Experience as an autopsy technician is desirable. 

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

· Ability to apply inclusion/exclusion research criteria to clinical case presentation.

· Knowledge of psychiatric symptoms/disorders

· Knowledge of major medical and neurological diagnoses.

· Ability to think critically when considering referrals for research.

· Ability to work with and collect postmortem specimens directly from human cadavers.

· Ability to work tactfully with varying personalities and multi-disciplinary staff.

· Ability to maintain accurate electronic records for a multi-site brain research program.

· Keen attention to detail and accuracy.

· Ability to manage time effectively.

· Ability to effectively communicate via both written and oral methods.

· Skilled at working well under pressure and in potentially high-stress situations

· Ability to be a problem-solver, skilled at providing multiple creative solutions to potential or existing problems

· Computer proficiency for document management and data entry, including using of Adobe software and Microsoft Office.

· Must have reliable personal transportation in order to transport brain specimens (some use of rideshare transportation may be possible).

Physical Requirements: 

  • Incumbent is required to work in an office and a laboratory environment with some exposure to noxious fumes, chemicals, biological materials and organisms, and equipment. 
  • Must be able to move about the office and campus as well as remain stationary for extended periods of time.
  • Physical dexterity sufficient to move body frequently around laboratory equipment and instrumentation.
  • Ability to remain standing for extended periods of time during clinical rounds or on the autopsy floor.
  • Ability to continuously operate a personal computer for extended periods of time.
  • Visual acuity as well as mental acuity sufficient to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions are required.
  • Ability to speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably with sufficient volume to ensure an accurate exchange of information in normal conversational distance, over the telephone, and in a group setting.
  • Physical dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard and other office equipment, use a telephone, access file cabinets and other items stored at various levels, including overhead
  • Ability to lift or move objects up to 25 lbs.

** If accommodations are needed due to pregnancy or a disability, please contact 

EEOC Statement: The Lieber Institute for Brain Development is proudly an equal employment opportunity and equal professional advancement employer. Employment decisions at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It is our policy that the Lieber Institute does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, sexual preference/orientation or veteran status with regard to any position or employment for which the applicant or employee is qualified.