Career and Fellowship Opportunities

From research and collections to digital media, outreach, and administration, the Science History Institute seeks qualified, talented people to help us preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

For all staff and scholars we offer a great quality of life, competitive benefits, and a number of unique perks. The Institute is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Fellowships and Travel Grants

With dozens of scholars in residence each year, the Institute boasts the largest private fellowship program in the history and social study of science in the United States. Researchers travel from all over the world to use our collections and take part in a vibrant scholarly community. For more information please visit our Fellowships section.

Professional Opportunities

We employ full- and part-time employees in a wide range of positions, including curatorial, public outreach, library, fundraising, visitor services, administration, and maintenance. We seek creative, insightful, and talented people who think the Institute’s work and mission is as interesting and important as we do and who are eager to share it with the world.
 

Current opportunities include


Collections Manager & Registrar

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the full-time position of Collections Manager & Registrar. The Collections Manager & Registrar will be responsible for overseeing the growth, care, management, and usage of the Institute’s collections of art, objects, and ephemera. The Collections Manager & Registrar will also be responsible for the acquisition, registration, cataloging, environmental control, loan processing, database management, on- and off-site storage maintenance, and object rehousing.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in history, museum studies, or an MLIS, with three to five years of professional work experience in a museum or collections-based institution, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of museum principles, concepts, methodologies, techniques, and procedures; must have knowledge of correct object handling procedures to include the safe storage, display, transport, management, and security of objects; knowledge of safe handling of hazardous materials is preferred
  • Experience working with collections management software systems; knowledge of PastPerfect is preferred
  • Experience with exhibition installation and deinstallation
  • Working knowledge of collections digitization
  • Valid driver’s license is preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as acute attention to detail

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with resume and contact information for three professional references to cmr2019@sciencehistory.org.


Conference Services Assistants (Part-Time)

The Science History Institute has several openings for part-time Conference Services Assistants. We are looking for dedicated, high-energy candidates that have catering, hospitality, or events services experience. The Conference Services Assistant is the hands-on, front line person responsible for providing a high quality experience for our customers attending events at our state-of-the art facility. Duties include: room sets, food service and display, clean-up and break-down of events. This position requires a flexible schedule, as we host events during the business day, as well as evenings, weekends, and holidays.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years of hospitality or other customer service related experience
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must be detail-oriented and be able to successfully follow directions
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, while maintaining a strong professional presence
  • Must possess high level of customer service and excellent communication skills
  • Ability to lift and carry 30 lbs.
  • Flexible schedule is required

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with resume and contact information for three professional references to csa2019@sciencehistory.org.


Graphic Designer

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the newly created full-time position of Graphic Designer. The Graphic Designer will produce a variety of digital and print communications from event collateral, invitations, advertisements, marketing brochures, programs, and postcards. The Graphic Designer will also manage the Institute’s event photography and image files.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years of professional work experience in the graphic design or publishing industry
  • Bachelor’s degree; preferably in design or a related field
  • Proficiency in using Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Microsoft Office Suite (including PowerPoint)
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated record of success in producing materials targeting a variety of audiences
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to successfully handle multiple simultaneous projects
  • Experience with project management tools
  • Knowledge of science, technology, history of science and/or technology is preferred
  • Ability to work occasional evening events

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references to graphicdesigner2019@sciencehistory.org.


Maintenance Mechanic

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the full-time position of Maintenance Mechanic.  The Maintenance Mechanic will be responsible for assisting the Director of Infrastructure in providing maintenance support to include preventative mechanical maintenance, exterior maintenance (to include snow removal) and other activities to include package delivery coordination.  This position requires the candidate to work a flexible schedule, to include weekends.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of work experience in the facilities/maintenance industry
  • Electrical, HVAC and plumbing knowledge is required.  Electrical licensure/certification a plus
  • Must be friendly and customer-service focused
  • Knowledge of fire and security systems
  • Must have familiarity of BAS controls system (Automated Logic-Webctrl)
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Outlook (email) and Microsoft Word
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must have own hand tools

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with resume and contact information for three professional references to MaintMechanic2019@sciencehistory.org.