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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 csa2019@sciencehistory.org.


Conference Services Manager

Since 2008, the Science History Institute’s 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 our Conference Services Manager, you will work with clients to transform their vision into a detailed event plan that our operations team will then execute. You will coordinate the planning and execution of events by preparing event outlines and client billing, will act as a liaison with relevant Institute departments, and will serve as the primary point of contact for repeat clients.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of hospitality, event, or related experience
  • High school diploma required; bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Knowledge of Caterease, AutoCAD, SalesForce, or similar software is a plus
  • Familiarity with technology and AV equipment
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills, with the ability to successfully handle multiple simultaneous projects
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and customer relationship management ability
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with resume and contact information for three professional references to csm2019@sciencehistory.org.


Development Assistant

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the full-time position of Development Assistant for its Philadelphia headquarters. The Development Assistant will be responsible for the timely and accurate entry of charitable gift information, data changes for current constituents, and entering data for new constituents. In addition to providing administrative support to the Development department, the Development Assistant will also be responsible for event registration, generating receipts, acknowledgements, and other correspondences.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Three or more years of professional work experience
  • Strong proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or another non-profit database
  • Must have solid project management skills and strong attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to successfully handle multiple simultaneous projects
  • The ability to respect and uphold confidentiality at all times
  • High school diploma or GED; bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends on occasion

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with resume and contact information for three professional references to devassistant2019@sciencehistory.org.


Digital Collections Intern

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the limited-duration (15-week), part-time (20–25 hours per week) paid position of Digital Collections Intern. The Digital Collections Intern will work in a special collections environment and assist with the digitization of archival and library materials, as well as the documentation and dissemination of digital images via the Institute’s digital collections site.

To be successful in this role, the ideal candidate must possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or currently enrolled in a bachelor’s or graduate-level degree program in any of the following areas of study: history, digital humanities, history of science, public history, library, or archival management
  • Previous work experience with digital collections software and/or digital repositories strongly preferred
  • Basic understanding of archival image preservation guidelines and best practices for handling special collections materials
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of studio lighting and digital photography is a plus
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to successfully handle multiple simultaneous projects
  • Strong proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to lift and transfer collection materials, up to 40 pounds

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with resume and contact information for three professional references to dcintern2019@sciencehistory.org.


Education and Interpretation Specialist

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the full-time position of Education and Interpretation Specialist. The Education and Interpretation Specialist will develop engaging educational programs and activities to help interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences. The Educational and Interpretation Specialist will collaborate with other staff members to create and deliver educational programs for learning audiences, namely middle school through college, as well as supporting the Institute’s public programming. The Education and Interpretation Specialist will also serve on exhibition teams and other working groups across the Institute, to develop learning programs that align with exhibition and research themes. 

To be successful in this role, you must possess the following qualifications:

  • Masters’ degree in museum studies, history, history of science, art history, education or related field
  • Minimum two years’ experience in a museum or cultural institution setting
  • Knowledge of the history of science and technology is preferred
  • Strong communication skills; comfortable speaking in front of groups of all ages
  • Ability to spark interest in history and science, and have a desire to work to strengthen visitors’ understanding of our scientific and technological culture
  • Experience in the interpretation and communication of artifacts for a variety of audiences
  • Experience conducting object-based learning in museum or cultural institution setting
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to successfully handle multiple simultaneous projects
  • Demonstrated record of success in the ability to work well across multiple teams
  • Strong proficiency using Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Must have solid project management skills and strong attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations, resume and contact information for three professional references to eis2019@sciencehistory.org.


Maintenance Assistant

The Science History Institute is recruiting for the part-time (28–35 hrs per week), benefit-eligible position of Maintenance Assistant. This position will be responsible for cleaning services and performing routine facilities-related tasks, as well as exterior maintenance (to include snow removal), landscaping and other tasks as needed. This position requires the candidate to work a flexible schedule, to include weekends.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of work, preferably in the commercial cleaning industry
  • Experience using 20” high speed buffing machine
  • Experience using 15” floor stripping machine and floor scrubbing machine
  • Demonstrated strong mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs; climb or balance and stoop, kneel and crouch
  • Ability to climb ladders
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Outlook (email) and Microsoft Word
  • Must possess high level of customer service and communication skills
  • Must have flexible schedule, including availability to work weekday evenings and Saturdays
  • High school diploma or GED

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with resume and contact information for three professional references to maintassistant2019@sciencehistory.org.