Oral Historian, American Institute of Physics

American Institute of Physics

Job Type: Museums and Libraries

Application Deadline: August 1, 2019


The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is seeking a methodical, innovative and collaborative Oral Historian with a passion for gathering, preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities and participants of past events in the physical sciences.

The Oral Historian will conceptualize and develop a long-range plan for oral history projects in collaboration with the Director, manage the day to day operations of the oral history program, monitor schedules for completion for oral histories and advise and assist the oral history projects of AIP Member Societies and non-AIP historians.

What is AIP?

We are the American Institute of Physics. Our mission is to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. We promote the physical sciences through effective communication, education, and policy initiatives.

Why Work for AIP?

We want you to love working here, and we have a workplace culture that reflects that. With our commitment to community service, monthly catered lunches, and an on-site fitness center, we work hard to make sure AIP is an awesome place to work. Did we mention that you will work with amazingly talented colleagues in a variety of departments?

We offer an incredible total compensation package including competitive pay, multiple healthcare options to meet your needs, commuter benefits, free parking, tuition assistance, and an outstanding retirement plan.

Diversity Welcome!

We encourage and invite people from diverse backgrounds to apply and join our team. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, creed, marital status, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, personal appearance, national origin, ancestry, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability.


  • Ph.D. in oral history, history of science, or related area, specializing in topics relevant to the development of the physical sciences and their communities required
  • 2 years’ experience with oral history interviewing
  • Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary setting with archivists, librarians, historians, and other professionals
  • 2 years’ experience in management at a non-profit or educational institution preferred
  • Familiarity with digital research tools and online platforms used for digital history
  • Proofreading and oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attentiveness to detail

* Candidates should complete the entire application, upload a cover letter and a resume here.

Located in College Park, Maryland, AIP is a federation of societies that advances, promotes, and serves the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. Learn more here.

AIP is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted: June 28, 2019