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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.
 

Current Openings

Collections Assistant

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for the full-time (35 hours per week) position of Collections Assistant position. The Collections Assistant works as a member of a team to support the high standards of collections care for 5,000 museum objects, 550 works of art, 147,000 library volumes, and over 7,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts. The Collections Assistant will assist in conducting inventories, moving collections, updating legacy data and object research. The Collections Assistant will also work on special projects to include exhibition installation and de-installation.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, history, or similar curriculum
  • At least one year of relevant professional work experience in a museum or library
  • Experience with collection management databases, such as PastPerfect or ArchivesSpace is a plus
  • Knowledge of museum or library principles, concepts, methodologies, techniques, and procedures
  • Demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for the history of science

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to collectionsasst2021@sciencehistory.org.

The starting point for this position is $37,000 per year. Salary offer may be slightly higher based on candidate’s experience.


Manager of Programs and Special Events

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for the full-time position of Manager of Programs and Special Events. This newly created position is part of the Development department and will report to the Vice President of Development and External Relations. The Manager of Programs and Special Events will manage Development-related programs including special events and awards, as well as industry-related affiliate programs. Additionally, the Manager of Programs and Special Events will assist in managing meetings and communications for the Institute’s Board of Directors.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in history, communications or science
  • Minimum of five years of professional work experience in a non-profit, preferably in development
  • Proven project management skills, including the ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously, to meet deadlines, to create and maintain project management documents and tools, and the ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Strong computer and database skills, including solid knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; experience with Raiser’s Edge is a plus
  • Experience or knowledge of social media management strategy
  • Strong professional presence and interpersonal skills, with the ability to represent the Institute in a professional manner to leaders in the chemical industry, scientists, donors, and Board members
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally (5-10%)

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to mpse2021@sciencehistory.org.

The salary for this position is $55,000 per year.