Research Fellow: Institutional Histories of Medicine and Biosciences

February 28, 2016


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in history or a relevant social science (including familiarity with academic and applied work in science and technology policy, science studies, and/or history of science)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to carry out self-motivated and self-supervised work
  • Superior writing and communication skills as evidenced by presentations at national and/or international meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Superior research skills, including qualitative data analysis and archival research; familiarity with oral history a significant asset
  • Knowledge of and recognition in diverse fields: science studies and history of science with a special emphasis on the recent history of medicine
  • High scientific and technical literacy and aptitude in related areas of study


Review of applications will begin immediately in January 2016. The positions will remain open until filled.


The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in Philadelphia invites applications for a Research Fellow in the Institute for Research beginning immediately and lasting until June 30, 2018. The Research Fellow will be a part of a team of researchers on the Beckman Legacy Project examining the research developing out of the five Beckman Institutes established in the 1980s to foster cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, basic research located at Caltech, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Stanford, University of California, Irvine, and City of Hope. Special emphasis will be given to research that explores the recent history of the instrumentation revolution—particularly engaging with the nature of new imaging and visualization technologies, the broad development of tools and techniques in the life sciences, and the impact of funding availability on the materiality of experimental work. This work relies on documentary evidence, oral histories, and some archival materials. Candidates should have some familiarity with methodology in recent history. This position can be located in either Philadelphia at CHF or in CA near the research sites.


To apply: Please send a cover letter, CV or resume, two writing samples, and contact information for two references to: [email protected]