Job Opportunities at AIP

The American Institute of Physics provides a wide variety of services for science societies, the physics community, students and the general public, as well as for over 100,000 people who comprise AIP’s Member Societies.

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Current open positions

The Niels Bohr Library & Archives, a special collection in the history of modern physics, astronomy, and allied sciences at the American Institute of Physics, seeks an Assistant Librarian to be responsible for administering the print holdings and overseeing the daily operations of the Library.  Duties include acquisitions, cataloging, preservation, database maintenance, providing reference services, overseeing digitization and other related activities. The successful candidate will work to improve access to the book and journal collections, supervise part-time assistants and student interns, and assist in the daily operations of the Niels Bohr Library as needed.

Physics Today, the flagship publication of the American Institute of Physics, is looking for a creative, talented, energetic individual to oversee all aspects of the Books department. The successful candidate will manage the books department in print and online and acquire and edit reviews of other physics-related media. She/he will identify and evaluate possible topics for feature articles and other editorial departments; review letters, other editors' stories and articles; attend and participate in staff meetings and assist as needed in any department of the magazine.

The American Institute of Physics Education Division is seeking a part-time (20hrs per week) Intern who will be responsible for assisting with a variety of Sigma Pi Sigma and SPS programs. The intern will work under the supervision of the Director, SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma and will be responsible for preparation and distribution of award materials and mailings, assembling materials for workshops and conferences, and sorting and organizing science outreach materials. He/she will work with staff to carryout outreach activities, make updates to program-related promotional materials, and assist with other tasks as assigned. Our office is located within walking distance of the College Park Metro and University of Maryland.

The American Institute of Physics is seeking a full-time IT/Helpdesk Manager to take charge of our Help Desk operations and ensure top-notch technical support for AIP end-users. The successful candidate will have hands-on technical expertise coupled with excellent communication skills. You will have experience running the IT service desk function, prioritizing and managing support requests, analyzing service desk metrics, and knowing how to help the organization work smarter and more efficiently. You’ll assist in developing and enforcing IT policies and procedures and will be an experienced technical troubleshooter.

Are you passionate about science and talented with your command of the written word?

The news and media services team seeks a Physics News Writer and Editor who will be responsible for writing about cutting-edge research in the field of physics. The successful candidate will also help to edit freelance contributions and will curate a section of a redesigned  web site, which is scheduled to launch later this year. The writer will have the opportunity to write stories on additional topics as available, and will contribute to the department's editing needs as well.

Inside Science produces general audience news and feature articles, essays, videos, opinion pieces, infographs and blog entries about cutting-edge scientific discoveries and the science behind every day phenomena. Our work appears online and in syndication in mainstream media outlets, including the Washington Post, Business Insider,, the Christian Science Monitor and SFGate.

The American Institute of Physics is offering a paid internship opportunity under the direction of the News & Media Services team. This position is expected to last for twelve weeks. The successful candidate will be responsible for pitching, writing and editing content for the Inside Science line of news products, which include: Inside Science News Service (AP-style wire service for science news), Inside Science Currents (blog), and the online content for the Inside Science TV website. Course credit for internship requirement will be certified where applicable. Our office is located close to College Park Metro and University of Maryland, College Park.

The American Institute of Physics is seeking a Director to take the lead of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives.  The Niels Bohr Library & Archives is a repository and clearinghouse for information in the history of physics, astronomy, geophysics and allied fields. In-house holdings include an outstanding collection of textbooks, monographs and related publications; over 30,000 photographs and other images; over 1,500 oral histories with many of the outstanding 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. Many of these holdings are stored and available digitally for an international audience.

The successful candidate will supervise work on the preservation of scientific papers, records from science institutions, and records of collaborative research projects worldwide.  She/he will work directly with scientists, science administrators, archivists, historians, and social scientists.

The successful candidate will design and carry out projects in preservation of and access to historical materials in the physical sciences.  A focus of the position will be to write proposals for outside funding of projects; assist in development work for annual donations and endowment campaigns, oversee grants for the archives program. She/he will disseminate archival knowledge and expertise of the AIP History Programs through oral presentations, papers, and reports.  This individual will help plan, write, and publish the History Programs Newsletter and other publications.  The incumbent will work within professional organizations, domestic and international, and committees to preserve and make known the history of the physical sciences.

In addition, she/he will develop policy, conduct operational and strategic planning for the division; as well as, oversee the annual budget, supervise the staff of 6-10 while monitoring schedules, preparing annual evaluations, and all other duties as assigned.


The American Institute of Physics (AIP) Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma is seeking a Manager, Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma Programs.  The ideal candidate will take full responsibility for ongoing SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma programs, including scholarships and a variety of award programs, and will seek out new programs and projects as appropriate. This will include continuous evaluation and revision of existing programs and development of innovative new programs and also include the oversight of programs and projects from inception through execution. She/he will serve in a supervisory capacity for associated staff and take responsibility for all logistics of programs and projects, including consulting with the Director for budgetary considerations.

The successful candidate will work on special projects, outreach and connections with AIP Member Societies.  She/he will oversee SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma participation in a variety of special projects aimed and driving forward the SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma missions, to include working with the Membership & Leadership Manager to initiate and develop innovative programs to serve SPS members and volunteer leadership and to expand support of AIP Member Societies.  Will work cooperatively and collaboratively with the Communications team to develop and carry out effective communication with all members and volunteer leadership to best market SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma initiatives.