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 Sales Manager

Since 2008, the Science History Institute Conference Center has provided flexible meeting spaces, state-of-the-art technology, and unique scientific motifs that result in one-of-a-kind experiences for our clients and their guests. As the Conference Center Sales Manager, you will plan and execute sales and business strategies, develop external business relationships, and bring your passion for planning and executing outstanding event experiences to every client interaction. In this newly created position, you will have the opportunity to shape our sales strategy and be an integral part of the dynamic Conference Center team here at the Science History Institute.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of professional work experience in the hospitality industry
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in hospitality, marketing or communications
  • Demonstrated record of success in building and growing a client base
  • Proficiency in preparing sales forecasts and budgets
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications and presentation skills
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word and Excel); working knowledge of Caterease is preferred
  • Familiarity with event technology and A/V equipment
  • 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 salary expectations, resume, and contact information for three professional references to CCSM2018@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.


Director, Center for Historical Research

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the position of Director, Center for Historical Research. The Director, Center for Historical Research will lead research into the history of the physical and life sciences at the Institute. They will be responsible for developing the historical research culture of the Institute, monitoring its excellence and acting as point of contact for external academics and scholars. The Director, Center for Historical Research, will oversee the internationally important fellowship program of the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry and will drive the development, organization, and execution of scholarly workshops, symposia, and conferences at the Institute, fostering collaborations both nationally and internationally, and initiating the Institute’s participation in relevant conferences elsewhere.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree, with a minimum of two years of research experience in the history of physical science or the life sciences
  • Scholarly recognition through publication
  • Demonstrated superior research skills, including qualitative data analysis and archival research
  • High level of scientific and technical literacy, curiosity, and aptitude
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strategic thinker who can quickly integrate into an established staff
  • High proficiency in successfully managing multiple projects
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to handle multiple simultaneous projects
  • Ability to carry out self-motivated and self-supervised work

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references to CHR2018@sciencehistory.org.


Housekeeper (Part-Time)

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 2 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 (e-mail) 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.


Production Coordinator

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the newly created position of Production Coordinator. The Production Coordinator will be responsible for writing copy and providing content development and production support for a variety of digital and print communications. The Production Coordinator will also be tasked with ensuring that all communications from the Institute, including its programs and events, are delivered to all constituencies.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in English, history, communications, journalism, or related field
  • Two years of professional experience in communications, publishing, or graphic design
  • Demonstrated record of success in writing copy for a variety of media and audiences
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite products
  • Experience working with InDesign, Adobe, and Canva
  • Ability to collaborate with staff at all levels across the organization
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to successfully handle multiple simultaneous projects

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references to ProdCoordinator2018@sciencehistory.org.