Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Job Title: Science Informationalist

Position Description

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives seeks a highly motivated, collaborative, and enthusiastic candidate for a Science Informationist position. This is an opportunity to work with prominent scientists, postdocs, and grad students at the forefront of research in molecular biology, genetics, quantitative biology, plant biology, and neuroscience at our world-renowned biomedical research institution as well as to contribute to history of science projects. The successful candidate will seek out knowledge in the life sciences, and use this to support and advance the work of the members of CSHL’s scientific community.

The responsibilities of this position will include serving as liaison to our research laboratories by forging relationships with faculty, students and staff, creating innovative information resource tools that respond to trends in scientific research, managing Public Access Compliance for both NIH and NSF, and assisting with data management needs at CSHL. The candidate will also manage the CSHL Institutional Repository which contains scientific publications and other materials including data produced by our researchers. In addition the Informationist will be involved with the history of science projects requiring strong writing skills.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

- Contribute to the library and the archives communications vehicles, including Library’s web site and social media
- Manage and populate the CSHL Institutional Repository, a database of scientific publications.
- Manage Scholarly Programs
- Promote awareness of library and archives special collections to advance education and research.
- Provide expert search services to graduate students, faculty, and researchers in molecular biology, genetics, plant genetics, neuroscience, and quantitative biology throughout the research life cycle.
- Participate in various history of science projects. 
- Lead a science journal club with local high school students

Position Requirements

Education: Postgraduate degree in a life sciences or related discipline with interest in the history of science.

Experience: 1-3 years experience working or teaching in the life sciences academic environment. Experience in writing grants is plus. Experience working with bibliographic tracking, management tools (eg. Citation databases: Endnotes)

Skills: Skill in searching major online catalogs and databases, such as Scopus, Pubmed, etc. Familiarity with research and teaching information needs in life sciences. Knowledge of the publication process in sciences. Ability to train others on the various platforms provided by the Library including databases, reference management software (End Notes, Papers) etc. Ability to work with faculty, students, and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds. Excellent interpersonal, multitasking, verbal and written communication skills are required.

Other: A passionate interest in current research in molecular biology, neuroscience, history of science and experience in science communication. A strong desire to bring new and innovative information solutions to the CSHL scientific community.

Please apply for the position via the CSHL careers website at:

Position Number 00394-E

We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.

This is an excellent opportunity for those living in or around New York City. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory offers a free hourly shuttle from the train station as well as the option to use pre-tax dollars to cover commuting costs associated with the train. The shuttle only takes five minutes to arrive to campus from the Syosset train station.

Founded in 1890, CSHL has helped shape contemporary biomedical research and education with today’s research endeavors encompassing cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution in New York and has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners. Today, CSHL’s multidisciplinary scientific community is bolstered by more than 600 researchers and its Scientific Meetings & Courses Program, which hosts more than 9,000 scientists from around the world each year on its campus.

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CSHL is an EO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status.