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Science History Institute

The Science History Institute is currently recruiting for the full-time (35 hrs week) position of Collections Assistant position.  The Collections Assistant works as a member of a team to support the high standards of collections care for 5,000 museum objects, 550 works of art, 147,000 library volumes, and over 7,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts.  The Collections Assistant will assist in conducting inventories, moving collections, updating legacy data and object research.  The Collections Assistant will also work on special projects to include exhibition installation and de-installation.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, history, or similar curriculum.
  • At least one year of relevant professional work experience in a museum or library.
  • Experience with collection management databases, such as PastPerfect or ArchivesSpace is a plus.
  • Knowledge of museum or library principles, concepts, methodologies, techniques, and procedures.
  • Demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for the history of science.
Education Level: 
Bachelor's Degree
To Apply

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references to:

**The starting point for this position is $37,000

Salary offer may be higher based on candidate’s experience. **


The Science History Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants and prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. The Science History Institute is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages applicants from underrepresented groups such as women, racioethnic minorities, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities to apply.


About the Organization

The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of innovators and discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Institute houses an archive and a library for historians and researchers, a fellowship program for visiting scholars from around the globe, an acclaimed museum that is free and open to the public, and a state-of-the art conference center. Visit to participate in one of our robust public programs, view our collections and exhibits online, and for free resources for historians, parents, teachers, and students.