AIP Oral History Graduate Fellow

The American Institute of Physics

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: December 31, 2016

The American Institute of Physics is seeking two Oral History Graduate Fellows to join the Center for History of Physics for a period of three to nine months, with possible renewal for another term. The successful candidates will participate in the Center’s Heliophysics Oral History Project, a comprehensive three-year project motivated by the question of how heliophysics coalesced into a distinct discipline. The Center aims to capture the history of a scientific field in formation through the collection of oral history interviews with approximately fifty scientists and engineers working within heliophysics and related sciences.Fellows will carry out background research, conduct oral history interviews with scientists and engineers working within heliophysics, and participate in the Center’s programs. A portion of each fellows’ time will be allocated to completing his/her dissertation.

AIP has been collecting oral history interviews since the 1960s on major areas and discoveries in the physical sciences. The collection currently consists of more than 1,500 oral histories, the largest of its kind in the world. Fellows will receive training in oral history interviewing. The start date and term of the position are flexible.

Our office is within walking distance from College Park Metro and near the University of Maryland.


Must be enrolled in a graduate program, have completed coursework and specialize in the history of science. A background in the physical sciences is a plus. Previous experience conducting oral histories is desirable but not required. Proficiency in MS Word and Excel is essential.


If you are qualified for this position, please send your resume with cover letter to AIP Human Resources at

The American Institute of Physics is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted: November 28, 2016