American Philosophical Society, Library
Postdoctoral Fellow in Bibliography
|Location:||Pennsylvania, United States|
The American Philosophical Society Library invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship beginning as early as January 2018 to work on a special bibliography and biography project. As part of its 275th anniversary celebration, the APS Library is launching a major project to create a master bibliography and research tool for all publications of past APS Members. Under the guidance of the Curator of Printed Materials, the postdoctoral fellow will create a bibliography of all publications by the nearly 5,000 past and present elected members of the Society, with a particular focus on 18th-and 19th-century Members. As part of the bibliography research, the fellow will also write and/or update short biographies of past members for the Society’s online directory and Wikipedia articles as necessary. In addition to the bibliography, the fellow will survey APS holdings to identify gaps in the collections related to Member publications and help develop an acquisitions strategy for these items.
The ideal candidate will have expertise in book history, early American history, the history of science, and/or intellectual history. This position may be of particular interest to those who are interested in pursuing a career in special collections libraries. In addition, the successful candidate will be highly organized, have knowledge of print and electronic reference resources, and be comfortable working across a variety of disciplines and subjects. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by start date of fellowship.
Salary: $45,000 per year + benefits.
The American Philosophical Society is an EOE. Successful applicants will be asked to show proof that they can legally work in the U.S. Applications will be accepted through November 12, 2017.
To apply upload CV, a cover letter explaining qualifications for and interest in the position, and three references (not letters of reference, please) to http://apply.interfolio.com/44130.
About the Library: Founded in 1743, the American Philosophical Society, located near Independence Hall in Philadelphia, is a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, the history of anthropology, as well as early American history and culture. The Library houses over 13 million manuscript leaves, 275,000 volumes and bound periodicals, thousands of prints and maps, and large audio, video, and digital holdings. Outstanding historical collections and subject areas include the papers of Benjamin Franklin (14,000 letters and documents); Jefferson’s holograph of the Declaration of Independence; the American Revolution; the papers of Thomas Paine; 18th and 19th-century natural history; western scientific expeditions and travel including the original journals of Lewis and Clark; polar exploration; the papers of Charles Willson Peale, his family and descendants; American Indian languages; anthropology including the papers of Franz Boas; the papers of Charles Darwin and his forerunners, colleagues, critics, and successors; history of genetics, eugenics, and evolution; history of biochemistry, physiology, and biophysics; 20th-century medical research; and history of physics. The Library does not hold materials on philosophy in the modern sense. More information about the Society and the APS Library can be found at www.amphilsoc.org.
|Secondary Categories:||American History / Studies
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