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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.


Digital Preservation Archivist

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for the full-time (35 hours per week) position of Digital Preservation Archivist. The Digital Preservation Archivist is responsible for the care and management of the Othmer Library’s digital archival assets to include born digital materials, time-based media, online collection inventories, collection management software, and web archiving. The Digital Preservation Archivist will be responsible for establishing new digital preservation workflows and training archival staff on evolving best practices.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library and information science or equivalent
  • Five or more years of professional experience as an archivist, at least two of which must include progressive responsibility working with digitized and born-digital archival materials
  • Experience using typical metadata and archival descriptive standards, including DublinCore, DACS, EAD, and others
  • Knowledge of best practices and archival theory
  • Familiarity with standard library and archival databases, including ArchivesSpace

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to DPA2021@sciencehistory.org.

The starting point for this position is $50,000 per year. Salary offer may be slightly higher based on candidate’s experience.


Housekeeper (Part-Time)

The Science History Institute has a current opening for a part-time (25 hrs per week) experienced housekeeper. The position is a Monday–Friday, 4:00pm–9:00pm, 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 two years of cleaning services experience
  • Must be detail oriented and be able to successfully follow directions
  • Ability to lift 35 pounds; 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 (email) and Microsoft Word
  • Flexible schedule required

To be considered for this position, please send resume and contact information for three professional references to Housekeeper2021@sciencehistory.org.

The starting point for this position is $15 per hour.


Program Associate – Center for Oral History

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for the full-time (35 hours per week) position of Program Associate, Center for Oral History. The Program Associate will assist with the maintenance and growth of the Institute’s oral history collection, to include the processing of transcripts, planning interviews for on-going and future research projects, and ingesting materials donated to the Institute. The Program Associate will also be responsible for migrating extant oral histories into our digital collections, including the use of the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer and for updating workflows in our custom-built MS Access database.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in history, history of STEM, oral history, public history, English, or another related field
  • Minimum of three years of professional work experience, preferable in history, history of STEM, oral history, or public history
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to handle multiple simultaneous projects and to prioritize work to meet deadlines
  • Strong proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook), as well as the ability to learn new software applications, especially MS Access and OHMS
  • Ability to work occasional evening and/or weekend hours to cover special events
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally (5–10%)
  • Strong understanding and demonstration of written and visual communication

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (no more than 2,000 words), and contact information for three professional references to PAOH2021@sciencehistory.org.

The starting point for this position is $44,000 per year. Salary offer may be higher based on candidate’s experience.


Senior Technical Services Librarian

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for the full-time (35 hours/week) position of Senior Technical Services Librarian. The Senior Technical Services Librarian is responsible for the acquisition, cataloging, and classification of library materials, the library management system and database management, collection management, and budget management. This position will oversee the technical services staff and interns, and will manage staff working in digitization.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library and information science or equivalent
  • Five or more years of professional library experience; experience in research library is a plus
  • Experience overseeing administration of online library catalogs; knowledge of Innovative Interfaces systems is a plus
  • Solid knowledge of principles, procedures, and works associated with cataloging, circulation, digitization, serials management, and acquisitions work
  • Understanding of technological trends and developments in library automation and electronic access to information
  • Experience cataloging diverse collections, preferably including rare books and serial journals
  • Possess knowledge of conservation and preservation standards
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Knowledge of evolving cataloging and metadata standards, including AACR2R/RDA, LCSH, MARC21, and LC classification
  • Working knowledge of digital asset management systems and related metadata schemas and vocabularies, such as FAST and Dublin Core
  • Experience managing staff and budgets is a plus
  • Ability to work independently and set daily priorities, and to work collaboratively in a team environment

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to STSL2021@sciencehistory.org.

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