Museum Curator (History of Modern Science)

Smithosnian Institution

Job Type: Museums and Libraries

Application Deadline: December 2, 2016

This position is located within the Office of Curatorial Affairs, Division of Medicine and Science – within the National Museum of American History.

The employee is responsible for carrying out research and publications, developing and managing collections, developing exhibitions, providing public service by responding to inquiries about 20th century history of science, and furthering education and outreach.


  • Researches the history of modern science through objects and collections as well as traditional sources of documentation in areas that stretch from the early twentieth century to the present.
  • Assists the Division in collecting, managing, and interpreting large and diverse collections that provide the basis for interpreting the history of modern science in the context of the American experience.
  • Plays a role in helping to curate the Museum’s exhibitions on the history of modern science from an American perspective.
  • Assists with the development of public programs on the history of science.

Key Requirements

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.


Basic Requirements:

1. Degree: history of science, history, American Studies; museum studies; or in an applicable subject-matter field.


2. Combination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a major, as shown in 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


3. Four years of experience that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study as shown in 1 above.

Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system.

For this position Specialized experience is defined as; a scholarly level of knowledge of the History of Modern Science with a focus on twentieth-century science from an American perspective. This is demonstrated through a wide variety of public and scholarly research products including exhibitions, collections, books, articles, blogs, catalogs, and monographs as well as programs and other media.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Or Education:

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree — educational background must be of relevance to position.

Or a Combination:

Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the “Required Documents” section of this announcement.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

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Public Trust – Background Investigation

Posted: November 28, 2016