Job Opportunity: Historian-In-Residence, Center for Astrophysics

August 31, 2020


Must have a master's degree in a relevant historical field or equivalent education and subject expertise; demonstrated experience using historical and ethnological research methods; and a minimum of two years of experience. 


$30.00/hour for 13 weeks with the possibility for extension.


Reporting to the Head Librarian of the John G. Wolbach Library at the Center for Astrophysics, the Historian-in-Residence will undertake original research to support the Library’s anti-racist priorities and take a leading role developing projects that directly confront racial inequality in astronomy. This position provides an opportunity for history scholars advancing their careers to pursue research with support from an interdisciplinary community and with access to world-class resources. 

The Historian-in-Residence will undertake research to inform decisions about the scope and execution of ethno-astronomical work to broaden the astronomy community's exposure to marginalized cultures with a particular focus on our institution’s history of imperialism and the astronomical traditions of indigenous peoples. They will lay the groundwork for future exhibits, bring a historical perspective to on-going institutional discussions about race in contemporary astronomy, and identify opportunities for collaboration and meaningfully contributes to grant writing efforts that further anti-racist work. 


Please visit the posting webpage for full application requirements. Please email [email protected] with any questions.