Assistant Director, Center for Historical Research at the Science History Institute

Job Type: Government/Non-Profit

Application Deadline: March 7, 2020


The Science History Institute is recruiting for the full-time position of Assistant Director, Center for Historical Research. The Assistant Director will collaborate with the Director of the Center for Historical Research to administer the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry’s international fellowship program; maintain local, national, and international contacts and collaborations; organize scholarly workshops, symposia, and conferences; and draft grant proposals. The Assistant Director will also oversee communications with the Beckman Center’s alumni network; conduct research projects in the history of the modern physical or biological sciences, broadly construed, that make use of the Institute’s collections; and develop the historical research culture of the Institute, building an international reputation in the process.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree
  • Research expertise in the history of modern physical or biological science/technology
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of research, to include evidence of scholarly achievement, preferably through peer-reviewed publications
  • Demonstrated record of success in their ability to work collaboratively as well as independently in research and administrative roles
  • Superior research skills, including qualitative data analysis and archival research
  • Demonstrated organizational aptitude and ability to prioritize multiple projects
  • High level of scientific and technical literacy, curiosity, and aptitude
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Ability to attend evening and occasional weekend events
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter, CV/resume, recent publication, and contact information for three professional references to assistantdircfhr@sciencehistory.org. The deadline for applications is Saturday, March 7, 2020.

More information here.

Science History Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer – About the Organization

The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of innovators and of discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences. Headquartered in Philadelphia, with offices in California and Europe, the Institute houses an archive and a library for historians and researchers, a fellowship program for visiting scholars from around the globe, a community of researchers who examine historical and contemporary issues, an acclaimed museum that is free and open to the public, and a state-of-the art conference center.

Posted: February 11, 2020