FEATURED JOB: John G. Wolbach Library, Historian-in-Residence at the Center for Astrophysics (Full-time, temporary appointment), Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian/ John G. Wolbach Library

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Subject Fields: 
Race / Ethnic Studies, Race Studies, Native American History / Studies, African History / Studies

Type: Full-time, temporary appointment

Duration: Thirteen weeks with possibility for extension

Location: This position is a fully remote opportunity 

Compensation Rate: $30.00/hour

Required Documents: 

  1. Cover letter describing qualifications and experience;

  2. Current resume/CV detailing education and relevant experience; and

  3. List including names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references

Position Summary

Reporting to the Head Librarian of the John G. Wolbach Library at the Center for Astrophysics (CfA), the Historian-in-Residence will undertake original research to support the Library’s anti-racist priorities and take a leading role developing projects that directly confront racial inequality in astronomy. This position provides an opportunity for history scholars advancing their careers to pursue research with support from an interdisciplinary community and with access to world-class resources. 


Essential Responsibilities

The CfA Historian-in-Residence will:

  • Undertakes research to inform decisions about the scope and execution of ethno-astronomical work to broaden the astronomy community's exposure to marginalized cultures with a particular focus on our institution’s history of imperialism and the astronomical traditions of indigenous peoples, such as Native Americans, Native Hawai’ians, and astronomy of the African diaspora.

  • Lays the groundwork for future exhibits and interpretive materials to support cultural competence and belonging at the CfA.

  • Serves as a resource for the CfA community by bringing a historical perspective to on-going institutional discussions about race in contemporary astronomy.

  • Identifies opportunities for collaboration and meaningfully contributes to grant writing efforts that further anti-racist work at the CfA. 


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant historical field OR equivalent education and subject expertise.

  • Demonstrated experience using historical and ethnological research methods.

  • Evidence of analytical, organizational, communication, project, and time management skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time.

  • Strong teamwork skills and a commitment to promoting a collaborative environment of trust, inclusion, and transparency.

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in the History of Science

  • Familiarity with astronomy and its adjacent fields.

  • Experience with public history, including programming, events, and exhibitions.

  • Experience working remotely with a multidisciplinary team. 


Review of applications will begin on August 31, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. 



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Contact Info: 

To apply, please email your application materials to Giancarlo Romeo at giancarlo.romeo@cfa.harvard.edu