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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

Director of Communications

The Science History Institute is seeking a full-time Director of Communications to serve as the communications team leader within our Development and External Relations department. Consistent with the Institute’s recently updated strategic framework, this dynamic, innovative, and scientifically curious leader will develop a comprehensive communications plan and manage the Institute’s communications programs. The principal goal of the Director of Communications will be to promote, enhance, and protect the Institute’s brand as it seeks to engage and impact its rapidly growing global audiences.

This position reports to the Institute’s President and CEO, serves as a senior leader and team member within our Development and External Relations department, and manages a team of professionals who develop and implement a broad range of communications products and activities, in concert with the Institute’s curatorial and administrative leadership.

Position Responsibilities

The Director of Communications, with support from the communications team, will

  • Develop a comprehensive strategic communications plan aimed at enhancing the Institute’s global visibility; following this plan, design and execute initiatives that promote awareness of, and engagement with, the Institute as a premier resource for audiences in the history of science
  • Serve as a key ambassador and spokesperson for the Institute, building and nurturing relationships with local, national, and international media and thought leaders and enhance the Institute’s positioning and profile with key stakeholders
  • Position the Institute’s Philadelphia-based museum and library collections and educational programs as “must-see” experiences for local and tourist audiences
  • Manage the development and delivery of varied and integrated communications products and services, including online and print publications; edited content for website, email, and social media platforms; and materials integrated into media and public relations initiatives
  • Supervise the development of all press materials, including press releases, image galleries, videos, B-roll, biographies, and background documents
  • Write, edit, and serve as project manager for the production of web content, social media messaging, fundraising collateral, and multimedia presentations for leadership
  • Research and write speeches and institutional messages in collaboration with Institute leadership, when necessary
  • Develop and manage the Institute’s crisis communication plan
  • Review, update, and manage the Institute’s communications standards and brand guidelines, ensuring that all Institute communications are audience-friendly, of high quality, and consistent with these brand standards
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Institute on programs and projects to ensure brand consistency

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of eight years in public relations, communications, or related fields, preferably for nonprofit organizations
  • Exceptionally strong writing and oral communications skills
  • Strong management and interpersonal skills; ability and willingness to collaborate with other professionals in a multidisciplinary, diverse, and dynamic environment
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in the successful development and execution of media relations strategies and public relations activities
  • Experience with website design and redesign initiatives; ability to interact successfully with technical personnel in support of such initiatives
  • Experience with innovative use of social media platforms to achieve communications goals
  • Ability to self-motivate and be proactive
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Flexibility and willingness to meet the challenges of leading a small team in a rapidly changing cultural and operating environment
  • Strong commitment to the Institute’s mission

Consistent with the Institute’s policy on remote work, the Director of Communications will design a work schedule in consultation with, and subject to the approval of, the Institute’s President and CEO and Director of Human Resources. This schedule can incorporate work from remote locations, as well as at the Institute’s Philadelphia offices, subject to the requirements of the role.

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter that outlines your experience, skills, and interests relevant to this position; your resume; two samples of your work; and contact information for three professional references to

The starting salary for this position is $80,000 per year. Salary offer may be higher based on the candidate’s experience.

Gallery Guide (Part-Time)

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for a part-time (14–21 hours per week) Gallery Guide who will be responsible for welcoming visitors to our museum in person and virtually. The Gallery Guide staffs the museum during its open hours and provides a welcoming and positive experience for all visitors, conference center clients, and vendors. The Gallery Guide will collaborate with Institute staff to develop and deliver guided tours (in person and virtually), object-based learning opportunities, and educational programming.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • College coursework, preferably in one of the following fields: history, science, or museum studies
  • One or more years of professional experience, preferably in a museum
  • Proven ability to positively engage and interact with museum visitors from diverse backgrounds
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including public speaking
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook) and videoconferencing tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams
  • Must be available to work on museum operating days, Thursday through Saturday; must be able to work occasional evening hours for special events
  • Bilingual in Spanish, French, or Mandarin is a plus

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

The salary for this position is $17 per hour.

Library Intern (Part-Time)

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for a part-time (20–24 hours per week), limited-duration (15 weeks), paid position of Library Intern. The Library Intern will provide assistance in digitally reconstructing the Chemists’ Club Library. This internship will provide the ideal candidate with the opportunity to gain valuable technical and readers services experience.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a humanities or social science discipline
  • Strong interest in libraries, archives, and museums
  • Some coursework towards the completion of a master’s degree in library and information science is a plus
  • Familiarity with common library tools and schemas, such as MARC or LibGuides, is a plus
  • Excellent written communications skills
  • Detail oriented with strong organization skills
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook) and videoconferencing tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

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

The salary for this position is $15 per hour. This position will start in the spring 2022 semester (January–May 2022.) Review of applications will begin on Monday, December 13, 2021.