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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 opportunities:

Assistant Director, Center for Historical Research

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the full-time position of Assistant Director, Center for Historical Research. The Assistant Director will collaborate with the Director of the Center for Historical Research to administer the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry’s international fellowship program; maintain local, national, and international contacts and collaborations; organize scholarly workshops, symposia, and conferences; and draft grant proposals. The Assistant Director will also oversee communications with the Beckman Center’s alumni network; conduct research projects in the history of the modern physical or biological sciences, broadly construed, that make use of the Institute’s collections; and develop the historical research culture of the Institute, building an international reputation in the process.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree
  • Research expertise in the history of modern physical or biological science/technology
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of research, to include evidence of scholarly achievement, preferably through peer-reviewed publications
  • Demonstrated record of success in their ability to work collaboratively as well as independently in research and administrative roles
  • Superior research skills, including qualitative data analysis and archival research
  • Demonstrated organizational aptitude and ability to prioritize multiple projects
  • High level of scientific and technical literacy, curiosity, and aptitude
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Ability to attend evening and occasional weekend events
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally

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

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter, CV/resume, recent publication, and contact information for three professional references to assistantdircfhr@sciencehistory.org. The deadline for applications is Saturday, March 7, 2020.


Conference Center Sales Manager

Since 2008, the Science History Institute Conference Center has provided flexible meeting spaces, state-of-the-art technology and unique scientific motifs that result in one-of-a-kind experiences for our clients and their guests. As the Conference Center Sales Manager, you will plan and execute sales and business strategies, develop external business relationships, and bring your passion for planning and executing outstanding event experiences to every client interaction. The Conference Center Sales Manager will have the opportunity to shape our sales strategy and be an integral part of the dynamic Conference Center team here at the Science History Institute.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of professional work experience in the hospitality industry.
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in hospitality, marketing, or communications.
  • Demonstrated record of success in building and growing a client base.
  • Proficiency in preparing sales forecasts and budgets.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications and presentation skills.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, and Excel).Working knowledge of Caterease is preferred.
  • Familiarity with event technology and A/V equipment.
  • Prior budget management or cash-handling experience preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to successfully handle multiple simultaneous projects.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations, resume, and contact information for three professional references to ccsm2020@sciencehistory.org.


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 events services experience. The Conference Services Assistant is the hands-on, front-line person responsible for providing a high-quality experience for our customers attending events at our state-of-the art facility. Duties include: room sets, food service and display, and 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 detail-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 lbs.
  • Flexible schedule is required

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with resume and contact information for three professional references to csa2020@sciencehistory.org.


Program Assistant, Center for Oral History

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the full-time position of Program Assistant for its Center for Oral History. The Program Assistant will process oral histories, participate in oral history interviews, arrange internal and external meetings, and provide general research assistance. The Program Assistant will also be responsible for performing administrative tasks such as report generation, drafting correspondence, and filing.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in humanities, social sciences, or sciences
  • Solid knowledge of research methods for history
  • Previous professional experience with digital tools for historical research, as well as online platforms for developing and displaying web-based content
  • Proven solid project management skills
  • Strong attention to detail, including proofreading and editorial skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to handle multiple simultaneous projects successfully
  • Solid proficiency with Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access)
  • Familiarity with audio and video editing software is a plus

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to progassistantcoh2020@sciencehistory.org.


Visitor Services Assistant

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for part-time Visitor Services Assistants (VSAs). VSAs play a key role in providing museum visitors with a welcoming and positive experience by greeting and engaging with visitors and groups, leading museum tours, promoting active visitor engagement, and assisting with programs, events, and outreach.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in history, science, or museum studies
  • One or more years of professional experience, preferably in a museum
  • Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills including experience working with diverse audiences
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills including public speaking
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Ability to work weekends and occasional evening hours
  • Bilingual in Spanish or French is a plus

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to VSA2020@sciencehistory.org.