Curatorial Vacancies at the National Museum of American History

Posted by on May 23, 2018
Curatorial Vacancies at the National Museum of American History

Read below for information about two new curatorial positions available at the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian) in Washington, D.C.!

The position is Curator of the History of Technology with a focus on energy production or engineering, broadly conceived.  The museum has terrific collections in each of these areas and are particularly strong in engineering, but they are looking for an historian (Ph.D. in hand or completed by August) to reimagine the work they are doing.  I could imagine someone working in the social and cultural history of the oil industry, for instance, who could also build that collection.

This is a full-time, permanent position that starts at about $80K. As a curator, the person would be required to do research in their area of expertise and publish on that research, but also survey and make recommendations about the collections, do new collecting, and participate in developing exhibitions. This is an exciting moment at the NMAH; the Museum of American History has hired over 20 new curatorial staff with strong academic backgrounds and are poised to rethink the east wing of the museum as a place to share new stories about Science and Technology Studies in a more global context.

The posting will close on June 8 and candidates will need to create a profile and a federal resume in USAJobs.  If they’ve never done that before, it’s best to get an early start.  Although they do not require a cover letter or reference letters at this stage, they should also submit a clean CV and cover letter as supplemental materials. There is a two-step process much like academia, where the museum will interview a group of semi-finalists in July or August via Skype and then invite two or three finalists to the museum to do job talks in the fall.

Please see below for links to the job announcements for two Museum Curator positions. Both are permanent, full time Federal positions, GS-1015-12 with promotion potential to GS-15. One is a Museum Curator (History of Technology) in the Division of Work and Industry, the other is a Museum Curator (History of Computers and Information Sciences) in the Division of Medicine and Science. Both announcements open today, May 8th and close Friday, June 8th.

Museum Curator (History of Technology) – Division of Work and Industry

Announcement #:                           18A-RA-303647-DEU-NMAH

Open and Close Dates:                  5/8/2018  through 6/8/2018

Vacancy Location:                           Washington, DC

Pay Plan/Series/Grades:               GS-1015-12 (FPL GS-15)

Job Announcement:                        https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/498051300

Museum Curator (History of Computers and Information Sciences) – Division of Medicine and Science

Announcement #:                           18A-RA-303646-DEU-NMAH

Open and Close Dates:                  5/8/2018 to 6/8/2018

Vacancy Location:                          Washington, DC

Pay Plan/Series/Grades:               GS-1015-12 (FPL GS-15)

Job Announcement:                        https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/498053400

Kathleen Franz, Ph.D.

Chair and Curator, Division of Work and Industry

National Museum of American History/ Smithsonian Institution

14th and Constitution Ave NW/ MRC 629 PO Box 37012/ Washington, DC 20013-7012

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