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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 include


Conference Center Operations Manager

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the full-time position of Conference Center Operations Manager at its headquarters in Philadelphia. The Conference Center Operations Manager will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the Conference Center, including staffing, culinary services, room sets, and client services. The Conference Center Operations Manager will also lead staff and vendors in providing the highest level of service to all external and internal Conference Center clients, as well as manage the execution of events from load-in to load-out, in adherence to Science History Institute policies and procedures and event management, culinary, and sustainability best practices.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of hospitality experience, with at least two years of supervisory experience
  • High school diploma or equivalent required; bachelor’s degree is preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to accurately follow written and verbal instruction and to provide clear and accurate instructions
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Familiarity with event management, catering, scheduling, and/or CAD software
  • 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 resume and contact information for three professional references to ccom2019@sciencehistory.org.


Conference Services Assistants (Part-Time)

The Science History Institute has several openings for part-time Conference Services Assistants. We are looking for dedicated, high-energy candidates that 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, 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 csa2019@sciencehistory.org.


Front Desk Receptioniston (Part-Time)

The Science History Institute is seeking candidates for the part-time position of Front Desk Receptionist. The Front Desk Receptionist will work a varied schedule depending upon availability and event needs, including weekends and evenings. The Front Desk Receptionist will be responsible for providing a polished and professional presence for employees and visitors to the museum, library, and conference center.

Essential functions include:

  • Greet all guests in a pleasant and professional manner
  • Direct visitors and conference center clients as needed to their designated areas
  • Answer incoming phone calls and forward them as needed
  • Maintain building safety measures by following established security procedures

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of two plus years in the hospitality industry and/or administrative field
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must have experience answering multiple phone lines
  • Proficiency in using MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Outlook programs
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well and effectively with employees and visitors while in higher stress situations
  • Flexible schedule to work weekday, weekend, and evenings as needed

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with resume and contact information for three professional references to ptreceptionist2019@sciencehistory.org.


Maintenance Mechanic

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the full-time position of Maintenance Mechanic.  The Maintenance Mechanic will be responsible for assisting the Director of Infrastructure in providing maintenance support to include preventative mechanical maintenance, exterior maintenance (to include snow removal) and other activities to include package delivery coordination.  This position requires the candidate to work a flexible schedule, to include weekends.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of work experience in the facilities/maintenance industry
  • Electrical, HVAC and plumbing knowledge is required.  Electrical licensure/certification a plus
  • Must be friendly and customer-service focused
  • Knowledge of fire and security systems
  • Must have familiarity of BAS controls system (Automated Logic-Webctrl)
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Outlook (email) and Microsoft Word
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must have own hand tools

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with resume and contact information for three professional references to maintmechanic2019@sciencehistory.org.


Payroll and Benefits Specialist

Are you an experienced payroll guru looking for a new opportunity? Do you enjoy and succeed at taking the initiative in examining processes and implementing more efficient processes? If you said yes to the above questions, then an exciting full-time opportunity awaits you at the Science History Institute. We are recruiting for the newly-created, full-time position of Payroll and Benefits Specialist.

The Payroll and Benefits Specialist will be responsible for all payroll functions for our staff of 90+ employees. They will also serve as the primary contact for questions as it relates to payroll, benefits and paid time off. Our ideal candidate is someone that has at least five years of full-cycle payroll experience, as well as previous experience in benefit administration. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have strong organizational skills, and the ability to successfully handle multiple deadline-driven projects while always providing top-notch friendly customer service to our employees.

To be successful in this role, you must possess the following qualifications:

  • Five years of full-cycle payroll experience, preferably using ADP WorkForce Now
  • Minimum of 2 years of benefit administration and experience with an HRIS system
  • Strong proficiency using Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook)
  • Must have solid project management skills and strong attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to successfully handle multiple simultaneous projects
  • Demonstrated record of success as a motivated self-starter that can move effortlessly from working independently to actively participating as a collaborative member of a high-achieving team
  • The ability to respect and uphold confidentiality at all times
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution is preferred

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations, resume and contact information for three professional references to: payrollbenefits2019@sciencehistory.org.