Chemical Heritage Foundation – Associate Director, Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry

Location: Pennsylvania, United States 
Institution Type: Nonprofit 
Position Type: Administrator 

Main Category: Director: Center or Program
Secondary Categories: Professional Non-Teaching Positions/Archives/Museums/Public History
History of Science/Medicine/Technology
Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Director of the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation fosters an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society. An independent nonprofit organization, we strive to inspire a passion for chemistry; highlight chemistry’s role in meeting current social challenges; and preserve the story of chemistry across centuries. CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books. We host conferences and lectures, support research, offer fellowships, and produce educational materials. Our museum and public programs explore subjects ranging from alchemy to nanotechnology. CHF is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, in the heart of the city’s historic district.

CHF’s Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry hosts a community of visiting fellows. These fellows conduct their own independent historical research, interact with staff, publish academic and popular works, and establish CHF as a leading research center in the history of chemistry and related sciences, technologies, and industries. The Beckman Center also hosts conferences, symposia, and workshops on a variety of topics relating to the history of chemistry. In 2009 the Beckman Center awarded 15 fellowships including seven full-academic year postdoctoral & dissertation fellowships and hosted the annual Gordon Cain Conference (this year the topic was “Technology Transfer and Diffusion in Comparative Perspective”), a conference on “Composition to Commerce: Chemistry, History, and the Wider World,” and the 2009 Summer Symposium of the International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry.

The Associate Director of the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry reports to the Director of the Othmer Library. Key responsibilities include: 
• Managing the Visiting Scholar Program including promoting it to the academic community, assisting with the fellows’ peer-review selection process, and overseeing the diverse community of fellows in residence at CHF. 
• Being an active and well-regarded member in the history of science and technology communities, including researching, writing, and publishing scholarly works and presenting papers at academic meetings.
• Assisting in the development, organization, promotion, and execution of academic meetings at CHF and other programming of the Beckman Center.

Requirements for the position include:
• A PhD with experience in an area of history of chemistry and related sciences, technologies, or industries (construed broadly).
• An ability to connect and work with multiple communities of historians, scientists, engineers, and other academics.
• A broad knowledge of wider scholarship relevant to CHF’s intellectual interests.
• Being fluent in both written and spoken English.
• Having excellent interpersonal skills

Review of applications begins on 15 February 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

To be considered for this position, email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and contact information for up to three references to [email protected]. If necessary, mail or fax these materials to Ronald Brashear, Director of the Othmer Library, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19106-2702, 1-215-629-5284 (fax). CHF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Contact Info:
Ronald Brashear 
Chemical Heritage Foundation 
315 Chestnut Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19106 
Phone: (215) 873-8284 
Fax: (215) 629-5284 
Email: [email protected]