The American Institute of Physics is seeking a full-time Oral History Graduate Fellow to join the Center for History of Physics for a period of three to nine months, with possible renewal for another term. The successful candidate will participate in the Center’s Heliophysics Oral History Project, a comprehensive three-year project motivated by the question of how heliophysics coalesced into a distinct discipline. The Center aims to capture the history of a scientific field in formation through the collection of oral history interviews with approximately fifty scientists and engineers working within heliophysics and related sciences.
The Fellow will carry out background research, conduct oral history interviews with scientists and engineers working within heliophysics, and participate in the Center’s programs. A portion of the fellow’s time will be allocated to completing his/her dissertation.
AIP has been collecting oral history interviews since the 1960s on major areas and discoveries in the physical sciences. The collection currently consists of more than 1,500 oral histories, the largest of its kind in the world. Fellows will receive training in oral history interviewing.
The start date and term of the position are flexible, but preference is for a start date in September. Our office is within walking distance from College Park Metro and near the University of Maryland.
Qualifications: Must be enrolled in a graduate program, have completed coursework and specialize in the history of science. A background in the physical sciences is a plus. Previous experience conducting oral histories is desirable but not required. Proficiency in MS Word and Excel is essential.
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American Physical Society (APS Physics), IEEE Computer Society, and the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma.
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