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Manuscript Archivist
Title:Manuscript Archivist
Job Type:Exempt (salaried)
Posting Date:07/12/2019
Location:College Park, MD


The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is seeking a highly motivated, organized and service-oriented Manuscript Archivist to preserve and maintain the manuscript collections of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives. This position will oversee our outstanding collection of over 30,000 photographs and other images; over 1,500 oral histories with many of the influential figures in the fields that we cover; and archival records of AIP and its Member Societies along with other archival records and personal papers of a select number of scientists.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Preserve and maintain the manuscript collections of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives.
  • Responsible for accessioning, describing, and providing access to archival items and collections, including institutional records, personal papers, and ephemeral items.
  • Creates and maintains descriptive resources to best make archival collections available to researchers.
  • Assists with maintenance of NBL&A web resources and outreach initiatives when necessary.
  • Provides general reference service to NBL&A patrons.
  • Supervise Archives Assistant, interns, and other part-time staff.


What is AIP?

We are the American Institute of Physics. Our mission is to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. We promote the physical sciences through effective communication, education, and policy initiatives.


Why Work for AIP?

We want you to love working here, and we have a workplace culture that reflects that. With our commitment to community service, monthly catered lunches, and an on-site fitness center, we work hard to make sure AIP is an awesome place to work. Did we mention that you will work with amazingly talented colleagues in a variety of departments?


We offer an incredible total compensation package including competitive pay, multiple healthcare options to meet your needs, commuter benefits, free parking, tuition assistance, and an outstanding retirement plan.


Diversity Welcome!

We encourage and invite people from diverse backgrounds to apply and join our team. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, creed, marital status, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, personal appearance, national origin, ancestry, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability.



  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program, or a Master’s degree in history with relevant archival course work.
  • Minimum of five years professional experience in library and/or archives settings.
  • Knowledge of science is not required.
  • Knowledge of current archival descriptive standards and languages such as EAC-CPF, HTML, EAD, MODS, DACS and others.
  • Ability to work with computer software, particularly Adobe Photoshop and MS Access, Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Must be a team player and be comfortable collaborating with departments outside of the library
  • Must have excellent customer service skills

* Candidates should complete the entire application, upload a cover letter and a resume.


Located in College Park, Maryland, AIP is a federation of societies that advances, promotes, and serves the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. Learn more at

AIP is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer  

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