Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Library and Archives
Historian, Library and Archives
|Location:||New York, United States|
The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives, with the support of the Goelet Trust, seeks to fill a one-year Historian of Science position to appraise the historical collections of original materials in our archive. This position is instrumental in our preparations for the launch of the Center for Studies in Humanities and the Life Sciences at CSHL.
The historian will thoroughly review and appraise the content of our extensive collections of original documents in enough detail to fully understand their scientific, historical, and social content. The historian will work systematically through collections, discover “hidden jewels” which will provide leads for future users of the collections in different disciplines and write short descriptions of items of special interest for dissemination purposes. All findings will be included in a detailed subject guide that the historian will begin in their first year at the Archives.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Appraise the Archives’ collections for their historical, cultural, and scientific importance, among other qualities
- Expand our existing catalog with key words, subjects, and brief descriptions of the contents of the collections
- Identify items of special interest, write brief descriptions of the item and its historical and scientific relevance for a lay audience, and post them on a blog maintained by the CSHL Archives
- Generate a detailed study guide for the collections for use by future historians
- Create a workshop at the end of the year together with the executive director of the library and archives
- Present findings in papers at meetings/ workshop on history of science
Education: Ph.D. in History of Science is required.
Experience: 2-3 years of experience in history of science fields is required. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in modern biology and especially to those who have experience in the history of the 20th century biology. Experience in writing for both general and scholarly audiences is required.
Skills: Investigative and research skills. Analytical skills, the ability to analyze and interpret information. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Must have interests in scientific research in general and biology in particular.
Please apply for the position via the CSHL careers website at:
Position Number 00423-E
We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
The CSHL Archives ( http://library.cshl.edu/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.
The Archives houses a rich repository of rare books, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and scientific reprints documenting international genetics research since 1890. These materials provide deep insight into the history of molecular biology, genetics, and biotechnology. The Archives strives to develop novel ways of presenting and preserving the records of the discoveries in biomedical sciences as a topic of historical interest. We bring together important figures in the history of the molecular biology and genetics fields by collecting original materials that these individuals generated over their careers and conducting oral history interviews with them. As a result, we are able to merge discussions of the past and the future, thereby framing cutting-edge research in terms of detailed knowledge of the past. We are focused on creating a “living history” of important aspects of molecular biology and genetics research that blend the traditional discussions of current scientific research with lectures on the history of science; scholarly works; using our collections in public exhibitions; and scientific meetings in which the pioneers of the field interact with the current scientific community.
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.
VEVRAA Federal Contractor
|Primary Category:||History of Science, Medicine, and Technology