Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Fellow (Public History) at USHMM

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Dear Colleagues,

Please see below the details about a two-year postdoctoral position at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). The position is an excellent fit for a young scholar interested in the intersection of the Holocaust and public history, and provides ample time for research and writing.

This link will take you directly to the job posting on the USHMM's website. We would appreciate it if you could share the announcement broadly.

Thank you!

Ewa Wampuszyc, PhD
Content Review Manager
Levine Institute for Holocaust Education
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Job Details



Information about the organization

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a federally chartered, nonpartisan institution that was created by the US Congress to serve as America’s national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and an educational institution dedicated to the history and lessons of the Holocaust. The Museum seeks to educate Americans from all 50 states and all walks of life as well as international audiences. The Museum has three areas of expertise: Holocaust remembrance, Holocaust scholarship and education, and genocide prevention.

In carrying out its important memorial and educational mission, the Museum is guided by its institutional values for our workplace: Honor the memory of the victims; carry out our work with dignity, humility, integrity and respect for others; and strive for excellence through teamwork, rigor, and a culture of continuous learning. Consistent respect for others is the foundation for trust, collegiality and inclusion. 

Information about the role

The Museum seeks a postdoctoral fellow to research, review, and write content for USHMM’s online Holocaust Encyclopedia. The incumbent will help the Museum to convey stories of the Holocaust and other genocides with the goal of making the past relevant today as well as encouraging our visitors to think, question, care and take action.

This position provides hands-on experience in producing historical content for public-facing digital resources, as well as significant time for research and writing in the chosen candidate’s area of specialization. The position combines professional experience with time to pursue independent scholarly research and interact with other fellows in the Museum’s visiting scholars program.

This position is located in the Digital Learning Tools branch within the Museum Experience and Digital Media (MEDM) division of the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education. The Levine Institute is central to the Museum’s role as America’s national educational institution on the Holocaust. In that capacity, it aims to reach vast and diverse audiences and serve as the global leader in establishing the relevance of Holocaust history today. The Levine Institute is responsible for creating, planning, developing, directing and administering a wide range of educational programs, exhibitions, trainings, and resources on the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance.

This position combines hands-on participation in content review and production processes for digital content supporting the Museum’s student, teacher, and general public audiences as a subject matter expert (approximately 70% of the role), alongside independent scholarly research and writing time (approximately 30% of the role) as part of the community of fellows within the Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (MCAHS).

This is a full-time donated, two-year term position (non-Federal) paid with the Museum’s private funds. Salary is commensurate with experience.

This position is located in Washington, DC and is telework eligible, within the local commuting area of the Museum worksite.

Duties, and Responsibilities for the role

  • Partner with the Holocaust Encyclopedia team and the Division of the Senior Historian to assess, prioritize, and update content in the online Encyclopedia.
  • Help to create or update content in the Holocaust Encyclopedia using knowledge of current trends in Holocaust history.
  • Collaborate with the Encyclopedia and Senior Historian’s teams to help identify content gaps, write articles on a variety of topics in both the scholar’s area of expertise and in more general areas related to the history of the Holocaust and World War II.
  • Explore the Museum’s Collections for media illustrations and select images to accompany articles in the online Encyclopedia. Write media narratives and other descriptions and review those written by others.
  • Pursue independent research using the Museum’s research resources and collections and create conference presentations and peer-reviewed scholarship that advance the field of Holocaust studies.

Minimum Qualifications for the role

  • PhD in an area of content expertise about the Holocaust or a related field; extensive knowledge of the Holocaust and events leading to the Holocaust.
  • Outstanding research and analytical skills
  • Ability to write material for high school and general audiences, including the ability to work with editors to ensure clarity and readability
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and to work effectively and diplomatically with diverse partners within the Museum
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to balance content production work with independent writing and research.

Preferred Qualifications for the role

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the history, purpose and mission of the Museum, of the various functions and programs of the Museum, and of the purpose of the Levine Institute and the role it fulfills in providing the complete Museum experience.
  • Expert knowledge of the history of the Holocaust in a particular geographic region.
  • Familiarity with tools such as Trello, Airtable, and Slack a plus.
  • Proficiency in one or more languages other than English, as applicable to the incumbent’s area of subject expertise.

     The application deadline for this position is April 14, 2023

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and a subject matter related, academic or professional writing sample. Applications without these requirements will not be considered.    

The Museum is committed to cultivating and maintaining a culture of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI). Please click here to view the Museum Statement on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion (PDF).

Benefits Highlights:

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum values employee wellness, work-life balance and the diversity of what this means for individual employees in life and work. We are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package for benefits-eligible employees that includes generous paid leave benefits, health, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account with an employer contribution, 403(b) retirement plan with a generous employer match and contribution, group term and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability, commuter subsidy, access to two employee assistance programs, as well as voluntary critical illness and accident insurance coverage, long-term care and pet insurance options. Our policies also support telework and other flexible schedule options based on the job, work and team collaboration requirements.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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