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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


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