Museum Curator in Engineering

National Museum of American History.


Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of American History
Kenneth E. Behring Center


Division of Work and Industry


We seek an historian of technology familiar with U.S. expansion/empire, environmental history, and the built environment. The incumbent will evaluate historic collections in civil and mechanical engineering, help chart a path forward for digital access, create exhibitions as part of a team, and build collections. We welcome scholars versed in gender or race histories.

Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to think and interpret material culture and archival resources related to engineering. Experience working with material culture or in museums is a plus. ABD or recent Ph.D. in American Studies, History, Public Humanities, or Science and Technology Studies is required.

This is a Trust (non-Federal) position limited to a five-year term.

Starting salary: IS-12 - $83,398 annually, plus an excellent benefits package.

To apply, please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications and desire to work in a museum setting and a full C.V. with three professional references. Applications should be submitted by email with the subject “Engineering Curator” to by June 15, 2019.


The Smithsonian is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.