Company:  Confidential

Job Title: Science Informationist

Job Number: 55456

Location: Cold Spring Harbor, US

Job Description

Position Description

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Library and Archives seeks a highly motivated, collaborative, and enthusiastic Science Informationist to join an established team of information professionals that serves the research community of CSHL. This is an opportunity to work with prominent scientists, postdocs, and grad students at the forefront of research in molecular biology, genomics, quantitative biology, plant biology, and neuroscience at our world-renowned biomedical research institution. The qualified applicant will strive to become an effective member of research teams and improve research output within the CSHL Community.

The responsibilities of this position include: serving as liaison to our research laboratories by forging relationships with faculty, students, and staff; and creating innovative information resources that respond to trends in scientific research. The candidate will also help manage the CSHL Institutional Repository and assist in grant writing for Library and Archives special projects.

The Science Informationist reports to the Executive Director of Library and Archives.

Position Responsibilities 

Investigate research practices, review newly published literature and information resources related to data planning, use, organization, management, storage, and curation.
Ensure that publicly funded research at CSHL is freely available in PubMed Central, following the requirements of NIH public access policy.
Offer subject training opportunities to the CSHL scientific community in reference management, bibliometric databases and tools, and related areas of interest.
Maintain and lead the CSHL Institutional Repository, a comprehensive database of scientific publications originating from CSHL from 1890-present, including creating metadata for publications and research data and the Faculty Profiles database.
Serve as liaison to our research laboratories by forging relationships with faculty and students and creating innovative information resource tools that respond to trends in scientific research.
Provide information services to graduate students, faculty, and researchers throughout the research life cycle.
Maintain CSHL LibGuides on topics related to the Lab’s research including electronic lab notebooks and reference management software as well as other databases and tools.
Provide expertise in utilizing databases such as PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science in addition to web content management tools.
Participate in educational programs including our Science Journal Club for high school students.
Other tasks as assigned

Position Requirements


Advanced degree or master’s degree in the life sciences, or a related discipline.
Experience: 1-3 years experience working in a life sciences academic environment. Experience in a laboratory environment or as a member of a research team is a plus. A passionate interest in current Life Sciences research and experience in science communication. Knowledge of medical, biological, chemical, or allied subjects.
 Skills: Skill in searching major online databases, such Pubmed, Scopus. Familiarity with research and teaching information needs in the life sciences. Must be strongly computer literate. Knowledge of the publication process in sciences. Ability to comprehend the current research projects within the CSHL community. Ability to train others on the various platforms provided by the Library including, research information management systems, databases, reference management software (EndNote, Mendeley, Papers) etc. Ability to work with faculty, students, and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds. Excellent interpersonal, multitasking, verbal and written communication skills are required.

Supplemental Information

Compensation and Benefits:
Our employees are compensated in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, a range of recognition, wellness programs and access to an affordable and licensed on-site childcare center. Visit our CSHL Benefits site to learn more.


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a world-renowned research and education institution recognized internationally for its excellence in fundamental areas, such as cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, genomics, and quantitative biology. The Laboratory has long been recognized as a place for nurturing young scientists, with post-doctoral researchers being an integral part of the discovery process. The Laboratory offers a warm, collegial, and collaborative work environment in a beautiful location about one hour from New York City.
You are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition to your employment at the Laboratory. 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. VEVRAA Federal Contractor

Application Deadline: 2023-10-20


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