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Robert D.L. Gardiner Fellow Historian


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

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives, with the support of the D.L. Gardiner Foundation, seeks to fill a two-year Robert D.L. Gardiner Fellow Historian position to promote research, preservation, and public awareness of the dynamic history of science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM) on Long Island.

Long Island has been home to many significant advances in STEM research, notably at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University. Through research and collaboration, the fellow will generate new historical knowledge about the scientific contributions of these and other institutions on Long Island, and in so doing raise awareness of the region’s important place in the history of science and technology for the public and scholars. The Gardiner Fellow will develop a two annual Robert D.L. Gardiner exhibitions (both physical and digital) on Long Island’s STEM heritage in collaboration with other Long Island historical societies

CSHL’s Library & Archives ( is a major repository of primary material on the history of the life sciences and medical research in the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition to institutional records from CSHL, its precursor institutions, and its funding bodies, the archives contain personal collections of dozens of significant individuals from around the world, a large repository of oral-history interviews, and documents from nearly a century’s worth of international symposia on the life sciences.

The library is also home to CSHL’s Center for Humanities & History of Modern Biology (CFH), which was created in 2018 to host visiting researchers, organize public events, create virtual and physical exhibitions, publish resources for popular and scholarly audiences, and promote broader understanding of past and present science. The proposed Gardiner fellow would be based at the CFH with full access to the CSHL’s library and archives resources and staff.


Education: A Ph.D. in history or a related field is required.


Experience: Preference will be given to candidates with a background in biology and especially to those who have research experience in the history of the twentieth-century biology


Experience: 1-3 years of professional experience. Experience in writing for both general and scholarly audiences is required.

 Required skills: Historical research and analysis. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience applying for grants and/or fellowships. 

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed as soon as they arrive. The position starts January 3rd 2022 
Interested candidates should apply via the CSHL Careers website at:

Position Number:  00575-E

For any questions about the position, please email Ludmila Pollock, Executive Director of CSHL Library and Archives.

About Our Organization

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) ( is a not-for-profit institution carrying out research in life sciences and biomedicine and employing 1,100 people including 600 scientists, students, and technicians. CSHL discoveries have improved human health and wellbeing around the globe. 

 The CSHL Archives ( ) has been recognized consistently over the last three decades through substantial support from our institution, government agencies, foundations, and private donors for its programs and projects. Through this generous support, we have been able to preserve our collections, create exhibitions, initiate and successfully complete many digital projects, and develop outstanding educational and academic programs.


For more information about CSHL, please visit us at
 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, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status. 
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