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Monday, February 01, 2021 4:11 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

Special Collections Archivist

(February 1, 2021)

Position Title - Special Collections Archivist

Supervisor Title (All entry and mid-level position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.) - Executive Director of the Library & Archives

Position Type - Full-time, permanent

Benefits - Yes

Salary Range - $45,000 - $55,000

The library at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is seeking a Special Collections Archivist to join our team. The Special Collections Archivist is responsible for processing and overseeing Special Collections including the Collections of the Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, the BGI Nobel Laureates Archives, and the Rare Book Collection.

The Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and the BGI Nobel Laureates Archives include extensive collections of many well-known scientists. Through Special Collections visiting researchers can trace the development of modern molecular biology for the last 130 years. Some of the collections are still accruing new material annually. The Rare Books Collection includes books covering topics such as genetics, anthropology, plant biology, etc. This collection continues to accrue new collections, the Archivist will be responsible for processing new items and assisting scholars that utilize the collection.

The position is a liaison between the Archives and the public, and is responsible for making the unique historical materials that constitute these collections accessible. Material from the collection is also utilized by scholars, educators, and publishers (textbooks, magazines, documentary films, etc.) as well as in-house by the CSHL Press, Public Affairs, Development, etc.

This position works with interns and scholars and assists with outreach and the promotion of the archives’ special collections.

Position Requirements

Education: Masters in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution required.

Experience: At least 3 years of professional experience in an archival setting including processing, arranging, describing, and providing reference for archival/manuscript collections required. Must also have experience with photo editing software such as Photoshop.


- Must have strong computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft software suite.

- Strong knowledge of descriptive standards such as Dublin Core, EAD and XML is required.

- Experience with or demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in rare books and manuscripts preferred.

- Experience using a Content Management System such as ArchivesSpace, preferred.

- Experience with a Digital Asset Management System, preferred.

- Grant writing experience preferred.

- Must have ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.

- Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

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


Position Number: 00485-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.

For more information about CSHL, please visit us at www.cshl.edu.

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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