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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

Digital Engagement Editor

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for the full-time position of Digital Engagement Editor. The Digital Engagement Editor will lead the Institute’s engagement and storytelling through effective message-driven, multi-channel content development and communications utilizing digital platforms. The Digital Engagement Editor will lead a cross-organizational social media team and external vendors to develop and produce content for various digital outlets including web, in-gallery interactive projects, mobile apps, and social media.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Three or more years of professional experience in creating online and digital content
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, history, English, or related field
  • A combination of education and professional experience will be considered
  • Demonstrated record of success in building presence and increasing stakeholder engagement on social media sites
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and video editing software or programs; experience with content management systems is a plus
  • Solid understanding and knowledge of digital landscape including current industry and user trends, emerging technologies and standards, and social media data collection and analysis
  • Strong understanding and demonstration of design and visual communication
  • Ability to work occasional evening and/or weekend events

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to DEE2021@sciencehistory.org.

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


Digitization and Metadata Assistant

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for the full-time, limited-duration (1 year) position of Digitization and Metadata Assistant. This position will be responsible for the image capture of 3,000 items from the papers of Georg and Max Bredig, and for all post-production tasks, including alignment, clean-up, and cropping. The Digitization and Metadata Assistant will also be responsible for ingesting the digital files into the digital collections from cloud storage and applying batch-level metadata (format, genre, physical container, etc.) to individual item-level records.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in humanities or social sciences
  • Coursework towards a master’s degree in library or information science, or experience working with descriptive metadata schemes such as Dublin Core or MODS, is a plus
  • Experience processing digital images for color corrections, retouching, and processing of raw digital files
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of studio lighting and digital photography
  • Ability to diagnose and problem-solve technical issues with digitization hardware and image editing software
  • Digital file management experience, preferably in an archival, library, or repository environment, is a plus
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to successfully handle multiple simultaneous projects and prioritize to meet deadlines

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to DMA2021@sciencehistory.org.

The annual salary for this position is $44,000.


Gallery Guide

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for a part-time (10–14 hrs per week) Gallery Guide who will be responsible for welcoming visitors to our museum in person and virtually. The Gallery Guide staffs the museum during its open hours and provides a welcoming and positive experience for all visitors, conference center clients, and vendors. The Gallery Guide will collaborate with Institute staff to develop and deliver guided tours (in person and virtually), object-based learning opportunities, and educational programming.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • College coursework, preferably in one of the following fields: history, science, museum studies
  • One or more years of professional experience, preferably in a museum
  • Proven ability to positively engage and interact with museum visitors from diverse backgrounds
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills to include public speaking
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook) and videoconferencing tools such as Zoom and Skype
  • Must be available to work Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday starting in July 2021
  • Bilingual in Spanish, French, or Mandarin is a plus

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to GalleryGuide2021@sciencehistory.org.

The starting salary for this position is $17 per hour.


Marketing Manager

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for the full-time position of Marketing Manager. The Marketing Manager will lead marketing campaigns from ideation to execution, including tracking, analyzing, and reporting on campaigns. The Marketing Manager will develop and drive strategies to increase the Institute’s visibility and interest in its museum, website, and sponsored events.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of professional marketing work
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing
  • Demonstrated record of success in identifying target audiences, and creating and leading successful marketing campaigns
  • Proven project management skills, including the ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously, to meet deadlines, to create and maintain project management documents and tools, and the ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to comprehend sophisticated metrics and to translate metrics into clear and concise presentations and recommendations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) and Adobe Creative Suite

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to MarketingManager2021@sciencehistory.org.

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


Research Curator – Bredig Project

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for the full-time, limited-duration (2 year) position of Research Curator – Bredig Project. The Research Curator-Bredig Project will be responsible for the English translation and full-text transcription of early and mid-20th century German language correspondence materials from the Papers of Georg and Max Bredig. They also will assist with the creation of detailed English-language descriptive metadata (title, description, etc.) and provide subject and collections expertise to our educational and public outreach efforts, including productions for the Distillations podcast and online magazine articles.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Fluent in German or reading knowledge of German
  • Master’s degree in a related subject area: history, history of science, German studies, Jewish studies, Holocaust, and genocide Studies is preferred
  • Knowledge of practices for modern historical translations and manuscript transcription
  • Experience with non-MARC descriptive metadata schemes such as Dublin Core, and some familiarity with national cataloging standards, FAST, and Library of Congress Authorities, is a plus
  • Experience working in a museum, library, or other collections-based institution with digital collections software and/or digital repositories is a plus
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to successfully handle multiple simultaneous projects and prioritize to meet deadlines

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to RCBP2021@sciencehistory.org.

The annual salary for this position is $54,255.