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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:


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.


Development Assistant

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the full-time position of Development Assistant for its Philadelphia headquarters. The Development Assistant will be responsible for the timely and accurate entry of charitable gift information, data changes for current constituents, and entering data for new constituents. In addition to providing administrative support to the Development department, the Development Assistant will also be responsible for event registration, generating receipts, acknowledgements, and other correspondences.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Three or more years of professional work experience
  • Strong proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or another non-profit database
  • Must have solid project management skills and strong attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to successfully handle multiple simultaneous projects
  • The ability to respect and uphold confidentiality at all times
  • High school diploma or GED; bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends on occasion

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with resume and contact information for three professional references to devassistant2019@sciencehistory.org.


Digital Collections Intern

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the limited-duration (15-week), part-time (20–25 hours per week) paid position of Digital Collections Intern. The Digital Collections Intern will work in a special collections environment and assist with the digitization of archival and library materials, as well as the documentation and dissemination of digital images via the Institute’s digital collections site.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree, or currently enrolled in a bachelor’s or graduate-level degree program in any of the following areas of study: history, digital humanities, history of science, public history, library, or archival management
  • Previous work experience with digital collections software and/or digital repositories strongly preferred
  • Basic understanding of archival image preservation guidelines and best practices for handling special collections materials
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of studio lighting and digital photography is a plus
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to successfully handle multiple simultaneous projects
  • Strong proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to lift and transfer collection materials, up to 40 pounds

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with resume and contact information for three professional references to dcintern2019@sciencehistory.org.


Education and Interpretation Specialist

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the full-time position of Education and Interpretation Specialist. The Education and Interpretation Specialist will develop engaging educational programs and activities to help interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences. The Educational and Interpretation Specialist will collaborate with other staff members to create and deliver educational programs for learning audiences, namely middle school through college, as well as supporting the Institute’s public programming. The Education and Interpretation Specialist will also serve on exhibition teams and other working groups across the Institute, to develop learning programs that align with exhibition and research themes. 

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

  • Masters’ degree in museum studies, history, history of science, art history, education or related field
  • Minimum two years’ experience in a museum or cultural institution setting
  • Knowledge of the history of science and technology is preferred
  • Strong communication skills; comfortable speaking in front of groups of all ages
  • Ability to spark interest in history and science, and have a desire to work to strengthen visitors’ understanding of our scientific and technological culture
  • Experience in the interpretation and communication of artifacts for a variety of audiences
  • Experience conducting object-based learning in museum or cultural institution setting
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to successfully handle multiple simultaneous projects
  • Demonstrated record of success in the ability to work well across multiple teams
  • Strong proficiency using Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Must have solid project management skills and strong attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations, resume, and contact information for three professional references to eis2019@sciencehistory.org.


Housekeeper

The Science History Institute has a current opening for a part-time (20–25 hrs per week) experienced housekeeper. The position hours are Monday–Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., with occasional extended weekday and 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 receptacles.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years experience working in cleaning services industry is required.
  • 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.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations, resume, and contact information for three professional references to housekeeper2019@sciencehistory.org.


Librarian

The Science History Institute Othmer Library is recruiting for the full-time position of Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Technical Services, the Librarian will work in a special collections environment to provide assistance and contribute to the ongoing technical and access services activities of the library to include processing of library materials (including rare books and manuscripts), assisting library patrons in the use of information technology, and providing research assistance. The Librarian will also be an active participant in library-specific social media platforms and outreach programs.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years of library experience to include library reference, reader advisory duties, and other professional-level library work
  • MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited school
  • Solid knowledge of library automated systems and applications
  • Ability to comprehend and apply technical library theory, particularly as it pertains to cataloging principles and procedures
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and customer relations
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills, with the ability to successfully handle multiple simultaneous projects
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Experience and understanding of current social media trends is a plus
  • Ability to lift and transfer up to 40 lbs.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations, resume, and contact information for three professional references to librarian2019@sciencehistory.org.


Maintenance Technician

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the full-time position of Maintenance Technician for its Philadelphia headquarters. The Maintenance Technician will be responsible for assisting the Director of Infrastructure in providing maintenance support to include preventative mechanical, electrical and plumbing maintenance, exterior maintenance (to include snow removal), landscaping, and other activities as needed. This position requires the candidate to work a flexible schedule including 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 have familiarity of BAS controls system (Automated Logic-Webctrl)
  • Ability/knowledge to troubleshoot fire and security systems
  • Must be friendly and customer-service focused
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Outlook (e-mail) and Microsoft Word
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must have own hand tools

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations, resume, and contact information for three professional references to mainttechnician2019@sciencehistory.org.