Life at the Institute

Staff and scholars can engage with great people and enjoy the pleasant work environment at the Science History Institute, located in the heart of Old City Philadelphia.


Your Colleagues

In a single day at the Institute you may find yourself chatting with a chemist about nanotechnology or with a historian of science about alchemy. A curator might tell you about the history of chemistry sets, or a librarian will show you a rare book. You’ll be invited to office hours with the social media specialist or collections team. Our outreach team may be preparing for a lecture by a popular author or Nobel laureate. You may have the opportunity to submit a book review for Distillations magazine—and while you’re at it, you might want to join the Institute’s book club as well.

At the Institute you’ll work with fun, smart people from all over the world who are eager to share their knowledge. Regardless of what department you work in, you’ll spend time with people who will teach you something new every day.

Your Environment

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We’re located in the beautiful and vibrant Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, just two blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. You can easily stroll to dozens of cafes and restaurants, boutiques, parks, and historic sites.

Inside the Institute you’ll find a pleasant work environment filled with historical objects from our collection and with views of the city.

Over lunch you can sit in on a Brown Bag Lecture given by one of our fellows or cross the street to relax in a park. On Tuesdays you can join your colleagues for the weekly “T&B”—tea and biscuits. If it’s Wednesday, get ready for yoga. And if it’s the first Friday of the month, the staff lunch is on us!

Your Benefits

We recognize that our greatest resource is our employees. Consequently, we strive to provide a highly competitive and comprehensive benefit package. Benefits for full-time and part-time benefit-eligible employees include

  • 100% employer-paid medical and dental coverage for employees
  • Medical and dental coverage available for dependents
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Health Care, Dependent Care, and Limited Purpose Accounts)
  • Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance
  • Long-Term and Short-Term Disability insurance
  • Generous paid time-off benefits (vacation, wellness days, company holidays, winter break)
  • Transportation subsidies

Additionally, all the Institute employees, regardless of employment category, are eligible to participate in the Institute’s 403(b) plan upon date of hire. Employees who participate in the plan enjoy a generous employer match of dollar for dollar up to 6%.

And If You’re Really Adventurous . . .

Join us in our quest to win the annual Museum Dance-Off! Our talented staff and scholars won a Judges’ Choice Award in 2017, Best in Competition in 2016, and a Judges’ Choice for Best Mission Narrative in 2015!

Museum Dance Off 2017

The ghosts of historical scientists pay a visit to the Chemical Heritage Foundation, but the Ghostbusters are on it.

 

Museum Dance Off 2016

2016 Museum Dance Off: Ladies of Science

Museum Dance Off 2015

2015 Museum Dance Off: Chemistry!