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 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 hospitality or events industry experience. Conference Services Assistants are responsible for providing a high quality experience for our customers attending events at our start-of-the-art facility. Duties include: room and food display set-up, as well as clean-up and break-down of events. These positions will require 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/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 three references to CCAssistant2018@sciencehistory.org.


Conference Center Technical Services Coordinator (Part-Time)

The Science History Institute is seeking a part-time Conference Center Technology Services Coordinator to work with the Technology Services Supervisor in providing audio-visual (A/V) services and support to Conference Center clients and guests, including the installation and dismantling of A/V equipment, technical support throughout each event, pre-event sales and coordination of technical services, and maintenance of A/V equipment.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years of professional experience in the hospitality industry.
  • Must have extensive knowledge of technical applications as it pertains to the A/V set-up and usage for large-scale events.
  • High school diploma or GED. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, with a strong professional presence.
  • Exceptional customer service skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with internal staff members and with external vendors.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft office products such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Able to lift, transfer and move 50 lbs.
  • Must be available to work week days, week day evenings and weekends.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations, contact information for three professional references and resume to PTCCTech2018@sciencehistory.org.


Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the full-time position of Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian. Reporting to the Chief Curator of Audiovisual and Digital Collections, the Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian will oversee the daily operations and workflows related to the Institute’s Digital Collections platform (built on Samvera), including curation, digital object file transfers, photography QA, and record creation. The Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian will collaborate with the Collections Photographer and the technical team to set and oversee metadata standards and workflows for collections across the Institute, training staff in the library, archives, museum, and center for oral history. The Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian will oversee the ingesting of diverse digital assets drawn from the library and museum, and will participate in user testing and larger digitization projects.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science or equivalent.
  • Minimum three years of professional experience working with digital collections.
  • Minimum of one year of experience overseeing the daily operations of a digital repository or asset management system.
  • Experience working with open source digital library software (such as Samvera, Islandora, or Fedora Commons) and library applications developers preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with non-MARC descriptive metadata schemas such as Dublin Core, MODS, CCO or PBCore.
  • Experience with preservation and rights metadata, particularly PREMIS, is preferred.
  • Experience with born-digital files is a plus.
  • Familiarity with national cataloguing standards (MARC and LC Authorities) and some knowledge of VIAF, FAST, or related Linked Data initiatives.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-specialists and diverse constituents across the institution, including museum, development, IT, and oral histories staff.
  • Understanding of copyright law, including public domain, RightsStatements.org, and creative commons licenses.
  • Experience fulfilling reference requests.
  • Commitment to further learning and professional development.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations, resume/CV and contact information of three professional references to: DigitalCML2018@sciencehistory.org.