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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.
 


Collections Assistant

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for the full-time (35 hours/week) position of Collections Assistant. 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 more than 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 CollectionsAsst2022@sciencehistory.org.

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


Conference Services Assistant (Part-Time)

The Science History Institute has several openings for part-time Conference Services Assistants. We are looking for dedicated, high-energy candidates who have catering, hospitality, or event services experience. The Conference Services Assistant is a hands-on, frontline person responsible for providing a high-quality experience for our clients 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 detailed 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 pounds
  • Flexible schedule is required

To be considered for this position, please send a resume and contact information for three professional references to CSA2022@sciencehistory.org.

The starting hourly rate is $15. Salary offer may be higher based on the candidate’s experience.


Conference Center Event Coordinator

The Science History Institute is recruiting for a full-time Event Coordinator for its Conference Center. The Conference Center Event Coordinator is responsible for client engagement, event planning, culinary services, room sets, event billing, and staff management. The Conference Center Event Coordinator will supervise a team of Conference Service Assistants to provide clients with a high-quality event within its 13,500 sq. ft. conference center located in the beautiful Independence Hall historic area. 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 five years of hospitality, event, or related experience.
  • High school diploma or GED. Bachelor’s degree is a plus.
  • Professional presence with exceptional customer service and communication skills.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, Excel, and Outlook).
  • Knowledge of Tripleseat or similar software is a plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to handle multiple simultaneous projects and prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, while maintaining a strong professional demeanor.
  • Knowledge of audiovisual technology is a plus.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to ccec2022@sciencehistory.org.

The starting salary for this position is $55,000 per year. Salary offer may be higher based on the candidate’s experience.


Development Coordinator

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for a full-time (35 hours per week) Development Coordinator. The Development Coordinator will be responsible for providing onsite support to the President and CEO, the Director of the Office of the President, and the Development team. The Development Coordinator will manage assigned projects, provide database support, maintain relationship files, and assist with special events. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated and detailed-oriented individual who can effortlessly and successfully handle multiple simultaneous ongoing projects with minimal supervision. This position is located at our Philadelphia office.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of at least two years of professional work experience or comparable experience
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, with strong attention to detail and high-level project and time management skills
  • Demonstrated record of success in identifying needs and purposes of activities and creating or implementing initiatives
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.), as well as project management software
  • Proven ability to effectively use relationship-management databases
  • Ability to understand and maintain confidentiality at all times

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to DevCoordinator2022@sciencehistory.org.

The starting salary for this position is $46,000 per year. Salary offer may be higher based on the candidate’s experience.


Housekeeper (Part-Time)

The Science History Institute has a current opening for a part-time (20 hours per week) experienced Housekeeper. The hours for this position are Monday through Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 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
  • Ability to 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 (e-mail) and Microsoft Word
  • Flexible schedule required

To be considered for this position, please send a resume and contact information for three professional references to Housekeeper2022@sciencehistory.org.

The starting salary for this position is $16 per hour.