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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.

Assistant Editor

The Science History Institute is seeking a full-time Assistant Editor to write for Distillations magazine and lead the magazine’s online production. The Assistant Editor will produce articles that challenge the public’s understanding of science and reveal science’s role in shaping history and current events. These features and essays will be created both independently and in collaboration with in-house experts and visiting scholars. The Assistant Editor will be responsible for researching and editing imagery used in magazine articles and for publishing stories on the Science History Institute’s website. This position reports to the Editorial Director. Remote candidates are welcome.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum of five years of professional writing and editing experience
  • Demonstrated record of excellent story generation and feature writing for magazines or similar publications
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining rigorous attention to detail
  • Image researching and editing experience
  • Ability to navigate academic environments and subject matter while maintaining a proactive, generous approach to collaborating with colleagues
  • Interest in the history of science and previous experience working with scientific material, archives, and primary sources
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite and content management systems (Drupal, WordPress) and experience using project management applications (Slack, Asana) and image editing software (Adobe Photoshop)

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, copies or links to three published clips, and contact information for three professional references to

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

Audio-Visual Technology Specialist

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for a full-time (35 hours per week) Audio-Visual Technology Specialist to support Institute staff and conference center clients. The Audio-Visual Technology Specialist will be responsible for the installation and deinstallation of AV equipment, providing technical support during events, which includes the setup and testing of computers/laptops, lighting, microphones, and presentations, as well as operating cameras and monitoring microphone levels during events. The Audio-Visual Technology Specialist will also be responsible for the coordination of technical services, pre-event sales, maintenance of AV equipment, and basic IT support to staff, guests, and clients.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Certification in audiovisual and/or computer technology; bachelor’s degree a plus
  • Minimum of two years of professional audiovisual experience to include knowledge of audiovisual, computer equipment, sound systems, and lighting as it pertains to event and meeting needs
  • Experience in hospitality or event management services; previous sales experience is a plus
  • Strong project-management skills, including the ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining strong attention to detail
  • Schedule flexibility with availability to work weekdays, evenings, and weekends as determined by event schedule
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with a strong professional presence
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook) and videoconferencing tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams

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

The starting hourly salary for this position is $25. Salary offer may be higher based on candidate’s experience.

Curatorial Fellow

The Science History Institute is pleased to accept applications for its 2023–2025 Curatorial Fellowship.


Hosted by the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry, curatorial fellowships are two-year benefit-eligible positions that integrate fellows as members of Institute staff. Fellows benefit from professional development, portfolio building, networking, and mentorship opportunities in the library and museum fields. Project outcomes build fellows’ resumes while advancing the Institute’s strategic goals.

Curatorial fellowships are intended for individuals with advanced degrees who are seeking professional opportunities outside of academia. Both early career and career-changing researchers are encouraged to apply. Scholars from any relevant field with a demonstrated interest in the history of science, broadly defined, will be considered.

Twenty percent of each fellow’s time is reserved for independent research with the aim of producing a publication appropriate for their professional goals. Publications can range from a traditional academic journal article to the production of a museum exhibition. Fellows also receive a professional development stipend of $1,000 per year, for a total of $2,000 over the course of the two-year appointment. Curatorial fellows who meet the criteria of the Institute’s Relocation Assistance Program receive a $1,500 payment upon moving to the Philadelphia area. 

As part of their professional development and networking, curatorial fellows participate in relevant seminars at the Institute (approximately ten percent of the fellows’ time), including the Beckman Center’s Work-in-Progress Workshops and Fellows’ Talks, and the one-week Oral History Training Institute.

Scientific Biographies Curatorial Fellow

The Institute seeks a Curatorial Fellow to contribute to our Scientific Biographies online resource. The Fellow will contribute to the reimagining and expansion of the Institute’s collection of scientific biographies. This online resource shares the stories of individuals who have made historically significant contributions to our knowledge of the world and is the Institute’s single largest source of website traffic. Responsibilities will include auditing the current collection according to contemporary historiography; developing a strategy for growing and diversifying the collection (with special attention paid to identity, geography, and forms of knowledge); and creating workflows for editing existing biographies and generating new biographies. This position may also include opportunities to pursue grant and foundation support for the project or to create additional interpretive content by creating a physical or digital exhibition. Some experience writing for the public, educational audiences, and for the web is desirable.

The application deadline for the Curatorial Fellowship is Sunday, January 15, 2023. Offers will be made in May 2023, with a start date of September 2023. This is a two-year, limited-duration staff position that will end in August 2025.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a humanities, social science, or science field; master’s degree required, PhD preferred
  • Demonstrated interest in communicating complicated topics with non-specialist and public audiences
  • Research interests aligned with the history of science
  • Strong project management skills
  • Experience using primary source collections for research, teaching, or interpretation
  • Ability to work both collaboratively within a team and, at times, independently

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, short writing sample for a non-specialist audience, and contact information for three professional references to

The annual salary for this position is $50,000.

Digital Collections Education Intern

The Science History Institute is offering a 10-week, part-time (10–15 hours per week) Digital Collections Education Internship. In addition to working with the digital collections team, the Intern will also work with members of the collections and programming team to grow the use and impact of the Institute’s digital collections, with a particular focus on educational audiences. The Digital Collections Education Intern will research collections-based educational resources offered by peer institutions to assess opportunities for Institute resources; support the development of primary source-based learning modules based on institutional content strengths; research and recommend curricular standards aligned to both STEM and social studies courses; and research digital methods and platforms to maximize the discoverability and utility of the Institute’s educational resources for K-16 educators and learners. Remote candidates are welcome.

The successful candidate will possess

  • Strong interest in K-16 education, particularly high school and college audiences
  • Familiarity with curricular standards for middle school and high school STEM and social studies courses
  • Strong interest in communicating complex historical or scientific topics to the public
  • Relevant experience or knowledge of museum and library digital collections or current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program in the following areas of study: education, history, digital humanities, museum studies, or related fields
  • Strong written communication and organizational skills
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Comfortable working independently
  • High school diploma or GED and a combination of coursework or experience that demonstrates interest in a career path related to K-16 education, museum education, public history, or related fields

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

The salary for this position is $15 per hour. Application review will begin Monday, November 28, 2022.