Historian at the NASA Ames History Office

NASA Ames History Office

Job type: government non profit


The mission of the NASA Ames History Office is to explore, elucidate and preserve the scientific and engineering experience of the NASA Ames Research Center, and make it relevant to NASA’s present and future.  It is NASA policy to stimulate the rigorous historical study of NASA history, to preserve that historical record and make it available through reference collections, and to communicate the findings of that historical study both internally and externally.   This effort is guided by the principles underlying Federal history programs, and the specific mandates of the National Aeronautics and Space Act, 51, U.S.C Section 20112 (a)(c).

The candidate will provide expertise on the history of NASA Ames, produce historical publications, and contribute to the historical reference collection.

Required support includes, but is not limited to:

  • Provide technical expertise for the preparation of historical papers, reports, briefings, brochures, and presentation materials. Technical expertise will include general competency in word processing, graphics, multimedia, and presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint). If needed, the candidate will provide writing, editing, and coordination of the physical production and distribution of documents. Assure all research and writing is consistent with NASA policy and standards and meets the highest scholarly standards of historical research in substance, process, and presentation.
  • Support the administrative work necessary for the operation of the NASA Ames History Office.
  • Prepare monthly and semi-annual reports on accomplishments as required
  • Support procurement necessary equipment, materials, and supplies necessary for carrying out Historian and Archivist duties.
  • Support efforts to obtain specialized subcontracting services, as appropriate, to:
    • Assist in the production of various written or multimedia end products
    • Conserve or preserve archival materials
    • Migrate archival materials to other formats (e.g., digital)
  • Coordinate travel as required to support historical and archival activities and professional meetings.
  • Attend meetings or reviews associated with historical planning.
  • Provide reference services and answer general historical queries from the public and within NASA.
  • Collect research information and produce historical publications about NASA Ames. Author historical publications and analyses on the history of Ames (e.g., monographs on the history of NASA Ames, articles for the Astrogram, and shorter articles as needed).
  • Conduct occasional historical interviews or oral histories
  • Conduct peer review for historical publications generated at NASA Ames or being considered elsewhere for publication.
  • Serve as liaison to the Chief Historian at NASA Headquarters and collaborate with the history offices of the other NASA centers.
  • Support publishing materials on the History Office websites and assure that the information contained on the sites is current and relevant.
  • Support development of outreach activities and materials to support the NASA Ames Senior Advisor for History.
  • Provide technical oversight to any History Office assistants and interns.

Required Education/Experience:

Qualified candidates will have a Masters in History of Science and Technology or a related field with 2 to 5 years of experience in historical research and writing or a PhD in History of Science and Technology or a related field with 0 to 3 years of experience in historical research and writing.

 Required Skills/Training:

  • Flexibility to multi-task and meet competing deadlines
  • Strong organizational, documentation, and tracking skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Working knowledge of computers, Macintosh platform and standard office software programs
  • Proficient using computer databases, supporting website development, using computer file sharing services

Desired Education, Experience, Skills or Training:

  • Research and writing expertise in aerospace history
  • Published work in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience conducting oral interviews
  • Prior experience working at NASA Ames Research Center or another NASA center
  • Understanding of contractor/civil servant protocols
  • Establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with coworkers, NASA task customers and the customers of the organizations we support
  • Capability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of current NASA policies and procedures
  • Familiarity with customizing video clips and soundtracks for presentations
  • Familiarity with computer backup systems

Standard Company Requirements:

  • Position requires U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status.
  • Applicant must include desired salary in application submission.
  • Must comply with Safety, Health and Environmental plan, policies and procedures.
  • Must comply with the Quality Assurance plan, policies and procedures.
  • Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance.
  • Responsible for completing all required training.
  • Perform other assignments and duties, as required.

 Physical & Cognitive Requirements:

  • Speaking: Verbal communication using the English language.
  • Written Communication: Produce written work using the English language.
  • Organization: Prioritize multiple, competing assignments.
  • Performance Level: Perform effectively in a fast paced, demanding work environment.
  • Seeing: Must be able to read reports and use computers and other office electronics.
  • Hearing: Must be able to hear well enough to communicate with co-workers.
  • Fingering/Grasping/Feeling: Must be able to write, type and use phone system.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, climb, stoop, kneel, lift, pull and push.
  • Travel Requirement: Must be willing to travel as necessary to meet business needs.

This position does not offer relocation. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.  This position is eligible for the internal recruiting incentive program.

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Posted: October 04, 2017