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Research Data Informationist


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Job Location

One Bungtown Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
United States




We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.

Job Description

Are you a trained scientist looking to step away from the bench but wanting to stay involved with the research community? The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Library & Archives seeks a highly motivated, collaborative, and enthusiastic Research Data Informationist to join our team of information professionals supporting research at the forefront of cancer, neuroscience, genomics, quantitative biology, and plant biology.  We are seeking a candidate with a passionate interest in current life science research and experience in science communication. 

The candidate will work with CSHL researchers to provide expert guidance and instruction on data management relevant to research settings, and publication, including advising on metadata standards, data analysis, and data visualization.


The ideal applicant will contribute to the production of cutting-edge knowledge by supporting our investigators and facilitating the dissemination of research. The Research Data Informationist reports to the Executive Director of the Library & Archives.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead the Library’s Research Data Management initiative by implementing and teaching the best practices of research data management
  • Support rigor, reproducibility, and integrity efforts throughout CSHL
  • Investigate research practices and remain current with information resources related to data planning, use, organization, management, storage, and curation
  • Participate in efforts to measure the impact of CSHL research by utilizing web-based analytic services such as Altmetrics
  • Serve as liaison to our research laboratories by forging relationships with faculty and students 
  • Provide relevant scientific literature to graduate students, faculty, and researchers in the fields of cancer biology, genomics, plant biology, neuroscience, and quantitative biology. 
  • Participate in a new project incorporating artificial intelligence in our library
  • Participate in Science Journal Club program for high school students
  • Participate in writing grants for different projects 



·         Advanced degree in life science, data science, library science, or another relevant data-intensive discipline



·         1-3 years’ experience working in an academic environment



·         Knowledge of the data lifecycle across a range of data types

·         Ability to partner with researchers to evaluate data planning needs and assess options for sharing data

·         Understanding of metadata standards in a research data context

·         Familiarity with research and teaching information needs in the life sciences

·         Strong computer literacy

·         Knowledge of the publication process in the sciences

·         Ability to train others on the various platforms provided by the Library, including research information management systems, databases (PubMed, Scopus, etc.), etc. 

·         Ability to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds

·         Excellent interpersonal, multitasking, verbal, and written communication skills

·         Demonstrated strength in statistical analysis and methods

·         Collaborative work ethic



Highly desired:

·         Data visualization skills

·         Demonstrated interest in FAIR data and the role of data in open knowledge production


  • Familiarity with one or more programming/statistical languages (such as R, Python, Matlab, SPSS)

·         Expertise and experience in the life sciences 

How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply via the CSHL Careers website at:

Position Number:  00534-E

About Our Organization

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a world-renowned research and educational institution with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, genomics and bioinformatics. The Laboratory is recognized internationally for its excellence in research and educational activities. For more information about CSHL, please visit

You are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition to your employment at the Laboratory, except in instances where you have a qualifying medical condition or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance that is contrary to receiving the vaccine. You will be required to provide proof of your vaccination on your first day of employment. For those individuals, who are unable to receive a vaccine due to access issues, they will be expected to receive the vaccine upon arrival in New York. 

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, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status.

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