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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


Housekeeper (Part-Time)

The Science History Institute has a current opening for a part-time (20 hours per week) experienced housekeeper. The position is Monday–Friday, 5:00 p.m.–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; 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

Please note: The Science History Institute has a COVID vaccine mandate policy for its employees.

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

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


Museum Collections Research Intern

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the limited-duration (10-week), part-time (20–25 hrs per week) paid position of Museum Collections Research Intern. The Museum Collections Research Intern will research existing museum collections related to dyes and pigments for an upcoming exhibit on color, to identify existing objects, process, and add additional information into Past Perfect. Additionally, the Museum Collections Research Intern will work closely with the Research Curator and the Collections Manager with updates on progress, finds, and issues.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Experience in information studies or database management, or current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program in the following areas of study: history, digital humanities, history of science, museum studies, or library science
  • Demonstrated knowledge of database or collections management systems; experience with PastPerfect a plus
  • Strong research abilities, written communication, and organizational skills
  • Strong proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Interest in dyes, pigments, and textiles a plus
  • Interest in pursuing a career in collections management, registration, and/or library science a plus

Please note: The Science History Institute has a COVID vaccine mandate policy for its employees.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to MCRI2021@sciencehistory.org.

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