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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 Openings

Museum Collections Access Intern

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the part-time (20–25 hrs per week), limited-duration (10-week) paid position of Museum Collections Access Intern. All work will be conducted remotely. The Museum Collections Access Intern will play a critical role in advancing the Institute’s mission of making its collections accessible to the public. The Museum Collections Access Intern will be responsible for assisting the museum department with the development of a workflow for exporting museum collections records from PastPerfect into a publicly accessible format.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or current enrollment in an undergraduate program in the following areas of study: history, digital humanities, history of science, museum studies, computer science, information science, public history or related fields. Two years of professional work experience in lieu of Bachelor’s degree will be considered.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of database and/or collections management systems; experience with PastPerfect is a plus.
  • Ability to use Skype or Zoom.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to handle multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Ability to carry out self-motivated tasks and be comfortable working independently.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with resume/CV and contact information for three professional references to: