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 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

Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the newly-created position of Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer. The Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer will work with the development team and program directors to expand fundraising capacity at the Science History Institute in securing resources from government, corporate and foundation funders. The Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer will collaborate with other staff members to manage and lead the grants process, to include research, writing and preparing funding proposals and applications, as well as cultivating funder relationships.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of professional experience in grant writing and managing grant requirements.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in a field of study pertinent to the interests of the Institute.
  • Ability to collaborate with staff to ensure proposals represent the best interests of the Science History Institute, while encouraging a culture of grant-seeking among program directors.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite products, and familiarity with Raiser’s Edge.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to handle multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Attentive of trends in foundation grant funding.

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


Major Gifts Officer

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the newly-created position of Major Gifts Officer. The Major Gifts Officer (MGO) will be responsible for securing funds for the Science History Institute by managing a group of assigned, qualified donors (portfolio) throughout the U.S. The MGO, in collaboration with the VP of Development and the Senior Philanthropy Advisor, will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward assigned major and principal gift prospects and donors, in order to maintain a portfolio of approximately 150 prospects.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Five to seven years of professional fundraising experience at the major or principal gift level.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Demonstrated record of success in identifying the needs and interest of an organization’s leadership and those of major donors to develop and cultivate a meaningful relationship between the two.
  • A working knowledge of planned gifts.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, with a strong professional presence.
  • Experience in successfully managing multiple simultaneous ongoing projects.
  • Strong record of success in making cold calls, as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team.
  • Experience using donor database software; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is a plus.
  • Must have the ability to travel, up to 50% of time.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary requirements, contact information for three professional references, and resume to

Vice President for Development

The Science History Institute seeks a seasoned fundraising professional to advance a comprehensive development program that raised approximately $2.4 million in FY18 toward an organizational operating budget of more than $11 million annually. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Development will oversee a team of eight professionals, and s/he will serve as the lead executive responsible for maintaining and growing the Institute’s base of individual and institutional support. The Vice President will be charged with building a sustainable major gifts-focused fundraising culture that is seamlessly integrated into the organization’s programmatic and marketing initiatives. The Vice President will develop, implement, and lead all future annual, endowment, and capital campaigns.

Required qualifications and experience:

  • Dedication to the mission and goals of the Science History Institute
  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of eight years of experience in progressively responsible development leadership positions, which includes work in all functional areas (individual giving, institutional giving, planned giving, stewardship, board relations), oversight of a comprehensive philanthropic program, and leadership in a major capital campaign
  • Experience working in an academic, research-related enterprise, or other organization dedicated to science and technology is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to provide management oversight, leadership, and direction with at least three years of supervisory experience
  • Particular strength in developing the case for support and strategic, complex, and innovative fundraising plans, and executing against those plans to achieve goals and objectives
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically move individuals and institutions across the spectrum of prospect development, with a history of securing six and seven-figure gifts, including cultivation through solicitation and stewardship
  • Demonstrated ability in planning and executing strategic communications to complement philanthropic initiatives
  • Experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating board or other volunteer leaders

The Science History Institute has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to Gerard F. Cattie, Jr., at


Visitor Services Assistant (Part-Time)

The Science History Institute is currently seeking a part-time Visitor Services Assistant (VSA) to join its Museum Team. This is a part-time (7–15 hrs per week) position, with occasional evenings and weekends required. The VSA is responsible for ensuring a positive museum experience for all visitors. Additionally, the VSA will be responsible for

  • Leading tours of the Science History Institute’s Museum.
  • Assisting with educational and public programs.
  • Assisting with the daily operations and maintenance of the Museum.
  • Collecting visitor-based data.
  • Participating in Museum-related events.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in history, science, or museum studies.
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly public speaking skills.
  • Strong ability to engage and interact with Museum visitors (both groups and individuals) from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Strong professional presence.
  • Previous museum experience preferred.
  • Proficiency in using MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Outlook email program.
  • Flexible schedule to cover occasional evening and weekend events.
  • Multilingual (either Spanish or French) is a plus.

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