Research Assistant - 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 Institute is seeking a highly motivated, conscientious, and skilled Research Assistant who will perform a variety of assays on post-mortem human and animal tissues, with a focus on neuroscience. The Institute generates data sets from large cohorts of subjects, and consequently an attention to detail and the capacity to handle a high work-flow is required. Working in a state of the art laboratory, with abundant technical resources, suitable candidates must exhibit top-notch laboratory skills, and a working knowledge of a variety of assays. There will be a significant training component offered, as new assays are developed within the Institute, or are adopted by the Institute in conjunction with our research partners.

Overview of Duties

  • Handle and dissect animal/post-mortem brain tissues
  • Extract DNA and RNA from various tissue samples
  • Set up for PCR and RT-PCR plates for genotyping or other projects
  • Check and update RNA and DNA quality after extraction
  • Organize and store experimental samples such as DNA, RNA, and other tissues
  • Demonstrate related benchwork skills and preform basic lab housekeeping 
  • Work independently on research projects 
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Requirements

  • Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Molecular Genetics, or a related field is required
  • Preferred: Previous hands-on laboratory experience 


 The ability to independently and successfully perform the following:

  • Extraction and Quantitation of DNA/RNA
  • RNA and DNA Quality Control Assays
  • Sanger sequencing
  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • TaqMan genotyping
  • cDNA construction
  • Molecular cloning
  • Western blotting
  • Protein purification
  • Cell culture and cell transfection
  • Strong comprehension and insight in scientific research 
  • Track Record of Strong Attention to Detail

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