Science Informationist

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Job Location
1 Bungtown Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Commensurate with experience

We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.

Job Description

Science Informationist – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory- Library & Archives

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 communications vehicles, including Library’s web site and social media.
  • Manage and populate the CSHL Institutional Repository, a database of scientific publications and other material such as figures data and datasets.
  • Promote awareness of library services and 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.
  • Supervise a science journal club with local high school students
  • Serve on the Postdoc Liaison Committee (PDLC).
  • Understand the Public Access Compliance requirements for various funding agencies including the NIH and NSF.

Education: Advanced degree in a life sciences discipline with interest in the history of science.

Experience: 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.

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.

For more information about CSHL, please visit us at

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.

How to Apply

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

Position Number 00394-E

About Our Organization

Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the private, not-for-profit Laboratory employs 1,100 people including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses Program hosts more than 12,000 scientists from around the world each year on its campuses in Long Island and in Suzhou, China. The Laboratory’s education arm also includes an academic publishing house, a graduate school and programs for middle and high school students and teachers.

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