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Career and Fellowship Opportunities

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.

Our Equal Opportunity Policy

The Science History Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants and prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. The Science History Institute is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages applicants from underrepresented groups such as women, racioethnic minorities, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities 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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Science History Institute has a COVID vaccine mandate policy for its employees, subject to any reasonable accommodation required by law.

Current Openings

Curatorial Fellowships

The Science History Institute is pleased to introduce two new Curatorial Fellowships. Hosted by the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry, these two-year benefit-eligible positions integrate Fellows as members of Institute staff. Fellows will benefit from professional development, portfolio building, networking, and mentorship opportunities in the Library and Museum fields. Curatorial Fellows learn how to build and manage collections, interpret historical objects for the public, and produce public history and educational content under the direction of the Distillations magazine and podcast teams. Fellows’ project outcomes will build their resumes while advancing the Institute’s strategic goals.

The Curatorial Fellowship is intended for individuals with advanced degrees who are seeking professional opportunities outside of academia. Both early career and career-changing researchers are encouraged to apply. Scholars from any relevant field with a demonstrated interest in the history of science, broadly defined, will be considered. In addition to being assigned to a project team with a manager, the Curatorial Fellow will partner with an Institute staff mentor who will provide professional training and support.

20 percent of each Fellow’s time will be reserved for independent research with the aim of producing a publication appropriate for their professional goals. Publications could range from a traditional academic journal article to the production of a museum exhibition. Fellows also receive a professional development stipend of $1,000 per year, for a total of $2,000 over the course of the two-year appointment.

As part of their professional development and networking, Curatorial Fellows will participate in relevant seminars at the Institute (approximately 10 percent of the fellows’ time), including the Beckman Center’s Work-in-Progress workshops and Fellows’ Talks, and the one-week Oral History Training Institute. Curatorial Fellows will be assigned to either the Library or Museum track and must specify their preference in their application. The Institute intends to hire two Curatorial Fellows in this cycle.

Library Curatorial Fellow Track
Fellows will learn the fundamentals of library acquisition, cataloging, and digitization. Specialization in rare books or oral history will allow for more in-depth training in the Othmer Library’s early modern or modern collections. The rare books concentration will teach fellows about the history and materiality of the book and expose them to the book trade. They will have the opportunity to purchase new books for the Othmer Library’s permanent collection and curate a small exhibit. The oral history module will train fellows on all aspects of creating, preserving, and providing access to an oral history interview. This will include the ability to conduct their own oral histories to explore a theme or historical question.

Museum Curatorial Fellow Track
Fellows will engage with all aspects of conceptualizing, researching, and installing physical and digital exhibitions as a member of an exhibition team. Responsibilities will include collections acquisition and research, developing and writing exhibition scripts, developing and supporting gallery activities, and working with designers, art handlers, and other exhibition professionals. Fellows will also gain experience in collection development by having the opportunity to add to the Museum’s object or art collection.

The application deadline for Curatorial Fellows is Friday, January 14, 2022. Offers will be made in April 2022, with start date of September 2022. This is a two-year limited-duration staff position that will end in August 2024.

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a humanities, social science or science field. Master’s degree required; PhD preferred
  • Demonstrated interest in communicating complicated topics with non-specialists and public audiences
  • Research interests aligned with the history of science
  • Strong project management skills
  • Experience using primary source collections for research, teaching or interpretation
  • Ability to work both collaboratively within a team, and at times, independently

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter identifying your preferred track (Library or Museum), curriculum vitae, short writing sample for a non-specialist audience, and contact information for three professional references to

The salary for this position is $50,000 per year.

Housekeeper (Part-Time)

The Science History Institute has a current opening for a part-time (20 hours per week) experienced housekeeper. The position is Monday–Friday, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., with occasional weekend hours. The Housekeeper will be responsible for the cleaning of restrooms, kitchens, offices, and common areas. This includes, but is not limited to, cleaning and sanitizing all restrooms and kitchens, vacuuming upholstery and all carpeted areas, mopping/dusting hard floor surfaces, and emptying all trash and recycling receptacles.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years of cleaning services experience
  • Must be detailed oriented and be able to successfully follow directions
  • Ability to lift 35 pounds; climb, balance, stoop, kneel, and crouch
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to successfully meet deadlines
  • Must possess high level of customer service skills
  • Must have excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Outlook (email) and Microsoft Word
  • Flexible schedule required

To be considered for this position, please send resume and contact information for three professional references to

The starting salary for this position is $15 per hour.