Chemical Heritage Foundation, Institute for Research
Director, Center for Applied History
|Location:||Pennsylvania, United States|
The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in Philadelphia invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Applied History.
The Director of this new Center will play a crucial role in building and sustaining this strategic effort that seeks to unite Science Studies, Public History, and Digital Humanities. The Center, as currently envisioned, is the collaborative space for contemporary history, public history, and digital history projects that facilitate dialogue between scholars in the history of science, STS, and history more broadly; public history professionals; and scientists. It is the nexus for accessible, interdisciplinary projects that focus on socially-engaged history. The center specifically concentrates on the understanding, proliferation, and development of new public history methodology, especially in the digital arena. CAH’s diverse group of researchers and experts aim to transform how history is applied, how narratives are formed, and how authority is built and/or shared in terms of our research initiatives. As a collaborative, research-based center, CAH provides support to and works in consultation with a variety of institutions, from higher education to museums. The Center for Applied History is a core component of CHF’s Institute for Research.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in: applying for and managing external grants; managing complex, multi-year projects; and the ability to translate strategic vision into specific initiatives.
- Ph.D. degree in STS, history of science, or related fields in the humanities and social sciences.
- Experience managing long-term and complex research projects.
- Experience applying for and overseeing the implementation of research grants.
- Demonstrated strong record of success in the fields of public history and/or digital humanities.
- Demonstrated track record of communicating with non-academic audiences through live programming, or digital and social media.
- Experience in supervising and motivating subordinates.
- Ability to work through influence and interact with a wide scope of constituents.
- Ability to manage multiple, simultaneous projects of varying scope and size.
- Ability to carry out self-motivated and self-supervised work.
- Superior research skills, to include qualitative data analysis and historiography.
- Superior writing and communication skills as evidenced by presentations at meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Solid strategic capabilities and ability to successfully translate strategic vision to implemented initiatives.
– CHF is an Equal Opportunity Employer –
The Chemical Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster dialogue on science and technology in society. CHF’s staff and fellows study the past in order to understand the present and inform the future. We focus on the sciences and technologies of matter and materials and their effect on our modern world, in territory ranging from the physical sciences and industries, through the chemical sciences and engineering, to the life sciences and technologies. We collect, preserve, and exhibit historical artifacts. We engage communities of scientists and engineers. We tell the stories of the people behind breakthroughs and innovations.
The Institute for Research at CHF initiates, coordinates, and conducts research at the core of CHF’s mission to foster dialogue on science and technology in society. We ground our work in the idea that historical knowledge is crucial to a full appreciation of science and technology, the roles they play in our modern world, and the ways they will help shape the future. Through work in oral history and applied history, Institute for Research staff and fellows capture history in the making and make it relevant for contemporary conversations.
To be considered for this position, please send cover letter, CV/resume, two writing samples and/or digital products, and two references to: CAHDirector2015@chemheritage.org Review of applications will commence in February. The position will remain open until filled.
|Primary Category:||History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
|Secondary Categories:||Digital Humanities
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