Research Fellow: Scientists with Disabilities Oral History Project

February 28, 2016


Minimum Qualifications:

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

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
  • Knowledge of and recognition in diverse fields: science studies and history of science with a special emphasis on disability studies
  • 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 Center for Oral History at the Chemical Heritage Foundation is hiring one postdoctoral fellow for a two-year limited duration position focusing on scientists with disabilities.  Our goal is twofold: to conduct life-history interviews with individuals to understand better the ways in which they have navigated built environments and research structures, and the ways in which these environments and structures have changed over the last twenty-five plus years; and to build a collection of oral histories that can serve as the basis for further historical research into the lived experiences and sociotechnical framing of disability within careers in science, medicine, technology, or engineering.  The fellow should have interviewing experience, subject-area expertise, and an interest in working with and developing current CHF holdings.


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