DNALC Employment

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Educator, Middle/High School

at the Passaic DNALC at the Biotech Innovation Center, Wayne, NJ

Position ID: 682

The DNA Learning Center (DNALC) of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is looking for two dynamic, engaging educators to join our team as we expand operations into metropolitan New Jersey. The full-time positions will be at the new DNALC at the Passaic County Biotech Innovation Center in Wayne, NJ.  Due to open in 2024, the new center is on the campus of Passaic County Technical Institute and adjoining a campus of Passaic County Community College. The 6,500 square foot facility will have two teaching labs, a research lab, and a computer classroom.

Selected candidates will become members of a small, influential group recognized worldwide as a leader in creating and disseminating new methods in genetics education, including the fields of genomics, bioinformatics, and data science. Over 700,000 students have conducted experiments with DNALC staff—join our team as we aim to reach a million and more! For more information, browse the DNALC’s website at dnalc.cshl.edu.

Position Responsibilities:

  • providing hands-on genetics and molecular biology instruction to precollege students visiting the DNALC for academic year field trips, summer camps, and extended research projects;
  • presenting public tours;
  • delivering in-school instruction;
  • assisting with student research programs;
  • conducting teacher training; and
  • developing teaching modules.

Position Requirements:

Strong candidates will have formal education in the biological sciences and backgrounds in research and/or teaching. New Jersey State teaching certification is a plus, but not required. The position demands a motivated self-starter who can work independently and as part of a team, with excellent writing, computer, and communication skills.
Training, in advance of opening the Passaic facility will take place at DNALC locations in Sleepy Hollow, Brooklyn, and/or Cold Spring Harbor. Flexible scheduling will require occasional teaching at the Brooklyn or Sleepy Hollow facility.

Our compensation is based on experience. Salary Range: $54,000 - $80,000 annually

Education Required: Undergraduate Degree
Experience Required: 1-3 years

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. The salary for this role is $54,000-80,000. The salary range and/or hourly rate listed is a good faith determination of potential base compensation that may be offered to a successful applicant for this position at the time of this job advertisement and may be modified in the future. When determining a base salary and/or rate, several factors may be considered as applicable (e.g., years of relevant experience, education, credentials, and internal equity).

January 2, 2024

Interested candidates should apply for this position with cover leter and resume via the CSHL website at:

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College Intern, DNALC

at Dolan DNALC in Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Position Number: 686

Opening Date: 9/20/2023

The DNA Learning Center (DNALC) of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is currently seeking multiple college-level interns to provide laboratory assistance for field trip, off-site, summer camp and faculty training programs. Successful candidates will become part of a collaborative team, which requires strong communication and organizational skills, and the ability to work closely with others as well as independently in the lab.

DNALC college interns are expected to help prepare and maintain various equipment and reagents necessary to providing a quality genetics education to students in middle school and above. This position requires the intern to provide laboratory assistance to the educational staff of the DNALC.

After some time, college interns may have the opportunity to initiate an independent research project with the support of DNALC staff.

Job responsibilities will include:

  • Preparation of solutions and media.
  • Maintenance of bacterial, C. elegans, and Drosophila strains.
  • Classroom upkeep, equipment setup, and inventory management.
  • Packing equipment and reagents for offsite kits to be used by teachers in school.
  • Reagent testing and record keeping.
  • Additional summer duties include assisting education staff during classroom instruction and supervising campers.
  • Possible training of newly-hired high school and college interns.

EDUCATION: Currently enrolled at a college or university as a STEM major

EXPERIENCE: Less than 1 year

OTHER: Ability to work a minimum of 10 hours per week during the school year. Ability to work Monday–Friday (8:00–4:00 PM) for a minimum of 6 weeks during the summer. Must be at least 18 years of age. Must have reliable transportation to and from the DNALC in Cold Spring Harbor.

KNOWLEDGE/ SKILLS REQUIRED: Proficiency in bacteriology and sterile technique preferred but not required. Proficiency in preparing and aliquotting reagents preferred but not required. Good organizational skills. Experience with Microsoft Excel and other Windows programs preferred but not required.

Hourly Rate: $17.50
Graduate/Grad Student Hourly Rate: $20.00

Interested candidates should apply for this position with cover letter and resume via the CSHL website at:

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High School Intern, Regeneron DNALC

at Regeneron DNALC in Sleepy Hollow, NY

Position Number: 879

Opening date: 2/5/2024

The new Regeneron DNA Learning Center (DNALC) in Sleepy Hollow, NY has several immediate openings for high school interns. Interns will join a team that is responsible for the preparation of materials for teacher workshops, student camps and school-year student field trips. This is a great opportunity to learn core lab skills, including but not limited to: preparation of media and solutions, pipetting, agarose gel electrophoresis, PCR, bacterial culture and sterile technique.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Classroom upkeep, cleaning and equipment setup;
  • Preparation and testing of reagents and cultures for use in experiments;
  • Assistance for educational staff during classroom instruction;
  • Supervision of summer campers during lunch breaks;
  • Participation in independent or team projects, mentored by DNALC staff members, which focus on translating current research into new experiments for the educational programs.

EDUCATION: Current high school student, must be at least 16 years old.

EXPERIENCE: An interest in science

OTHER: High school interns work a minimum of two days per week (3:00–5:00 PM) during the school year, and Monday–Friday (8:00–2:00 PM) for 5–6 weeks during the summer.  


Interested candidates should apply for this position with cover letter and resume via the CSHL website at:

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 https://www.cshl.edu.

We strongly recommend employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However; it is not a requirement for employment.

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