Museum Curator of Aeronautics

Smithsonian Institution

Job Type: Museums and Libraries

Application Deadline: March 26, 2015

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This is the position of Museum Curator, in the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. The position will be in either the Aeronautics or Space History Department. The incumbent will work under the close supervision of the Department Chair or a more senior curator.


  • Conducts scholarly and technical research in the area of Modern Military Aviation history.
  • Monitors a balanced representation in the collection in the design, technology, use, and social and cultural significance of the subject area.
  • Develops knowledge of the exhibit process in all its stages, including conceptualization, research, scripting, photographic research, copyrights, and contracts, and of various media–videos, interactives; and publications used in exhibits and exhibit education.
  • Prepares technical reports in writing as well as oral presentations to the staff and public on the museum’s collection, exhibits, and subject matter under his/her jurisdiction.

Qualifications Required:

  1. Degree: in museum work; or an applicable subject-matter field. OR
  2. Combination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a
    major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional
    education. OR
  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 A above.

In addition to Basic Requirements above, you must have following:

  1. Experience:
    Grade 11: You qualify for the position if you possess one year of full-time experience at the GS-09 grade level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system that is close or similar to the operation or management of a museum or similar collection of valuable objects. For this position specialized experience is defined as conducting scholarly and technical research in ModernMilitary Aviation(U.S. post-World War II/Cold War)history as evidenced by authorship of professional papers or other scholarly publications; exhibit development; coordinating public service efforts; developing a collection of aeronautical artifacts; and performing the curatorial aspects of preservation and restoration of these artifacts. 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.
  2. Or Education: Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree related to the position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements.
  3. Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications; for example, a half year of experience and a half year of education in the field may be qualifying. 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.

Posted: March 02, 2015