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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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Science History Institute has a COVID vaccine mandate policy for its employees, subject to any reasonable accommodation required by law.
 


Audio-Visual Operations Manager

The Science History Institute is seeking a full-time Audio-Visual Operations Manager to provide audio-visual services and support to staff, visitors, and conference center clients. The Audio-Visual Operations Manager will lead the installation and dismantling of AV equipment, provide technical support during events, drive pre-event sales, coordinate technical services, and maintain all AV equipment. Additionally, the Audio-Visual Operations Manager will collaborate with the digital engagement and communications departments to create video content that supports the Institute’s public outreach efforts.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or certification in audio-visual or computer technology
  • Minimum of five years professional audio-visual experience in the hospitality or event-management industries
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of audio, visual, and computer equipment related to event needs, including lighting, sound systems, and presentation software
  • Strong project-management skills, including the ability to successfully manage multiple simultaneous projects while maintaining strong attention to detail
  • Strong working knowledge of Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Audition
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must have flexible schedule to work evenings and weekends as dictated by the Institute’s conference center event calendar

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to AVOpMgr2022@sciencehistory.org.

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


Front Desk Receptionist

The Science History Institute is seeking a Front Desk Receptionist (28–34 hours per week). 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. This position offers full medical and dental benefits, employer-provided transportation subsidy, and on-site secure parking.

Essential functions include

  • Greeting all guests in a pleasant and professional manner
  • Checking visitors’ COVID-19 vaccination status and identification
  • Directing visitors and conference center clients as needed to their designated areas
  • Answering incoming phone calls and fielding general public inquiries
  • Maintaining building safety measures by following established security procedures

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2+ years in the hospitality industry and/or administrative field
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must have experience answering multiple phone lines
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Outlook programs
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well and effectively with employees and visitors while in higher stress situations
  • Must have flexible schedule to work evenings and Saturdays

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Receptionist2022@sciencehistory.org.

The starting hourly salary for this position is $16. Salary offer may be higher based on the candidate’s experience.


Gallery Guide (Part-Time)

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for a part-time (7–10 hours 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, or 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 including 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 Microsoft Teams
  • Must be available to work on museum operating days, Thursday through Saturday; must be able to work occasional evening hours for special events
  • 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 GalleryGuide2022@sciencehistory.org.

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


Manager of Programs and Special Events

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for the full-time position of Manager of Programs and Special Events. This position is a part of the Development department and will report to the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. The Manager of Programs and Special Events will plan and oversee Development special events, the awards program, and industry-related affiliate programs. Additionally, the Manager of Programs and Special Events will assist in managing Board of Directors meetings and communications.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in history, communications, or science
  • Minimum of five years of professional work experience in a non-profit, preferably in development or event production
  • 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 to work with minimal supervision
  • Strong computer and database skills, including solid knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; experience with Asana is a plus
  • Solid experience producing hybrid events
  • Strong professional presence and interpersonal skills, with the ability to represent the Institute in a professional manner to leaders in the chemical industry, scientists, donors, and Board members
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally (5-10%)

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to MPSE2022@sciencehistory.org.

The starting annual salary for this position is $55,000.


Receptionist (Part-Time)

The Science History Institute is seeking a Part-Time Front Desk Receptionist (8–10 hours per week). The Part-Time Front Desk Receptionist will work the majority of their hours on Saturdays with the remaining hours during the week. The Part-Time Desk Receptionist will be responsible for providing a polished and professional presence for employees and visitors to the museum, library, and conference center. This position offers an employer-provided transportation subsidy as well as on-site secure parking.

Essential functions include

  • Greeting all guests in a pleasant and professional manner
  • Checking visitors’ COVID-19 vaccination status and identification
  • Directing visitors and conference center clients as needed to their designated areas
  • Answering incoming phone calls and fielding general public inquiries
  • Maintaining building safety measures by following established security procedures

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2+ years in the hospitality industry and/or administrative field
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Availability to work Saturdays
  • Must have experience answering multiple phone lines
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Outlook programs
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well and effectively with employees and visitors while in higher stress situations

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Receptionist2022@sciencehistory.org.

The starting hourly salary for this position is $16. Salary offer may be higher based on the candidate’s experience.