Jobs for Medievalists

Position Announcement: Molina Curator for the History of Medicine & Early Science

The Huntington Library, San Marino, California


The Huntington Library seeks a collaborative, innovative, and technologically aware professional with a strong academic background to develop and interpret its collections in the history of medicine, as well as its science holdings through the early modern period. The incumbent will be responsible for the stewardship of print, manuscript, realia, and digital holdings in this area, building and maintaining a vibrant collections profile that serves the needs of advanced researchers and contributes to the cultural enrichment of the general public.


The Huntington Library is one of the world’s leading libraries for advanced research in the humanities. Its existing strengths in medicine include over 500 medical incunabula and the Lawrence D. Longo and Betty Jeanne Longo Collection in Reproductive Biology, as well as the papers of significant nineteenth- and twentieth-century health professionals. The Huntington is also home to the Los Angeles County Medical Association Collection of 7,000 rare books and journals. Early science materials range from a thirteenth-century Ptolemy Almagest manuscript to landmark works in the world-renowned Burndy Library, acquired by The Huntington in 2006. 


The Molina Curator is a newly endowed position in the Library Division’s Curatorial Department. This position reports directly to the Chief Curator & Associate Director of Library Collections and will work closely with the Dibner Senior Curator for the History of Science & Technology, as well as other curators with intersecting collection areas. The successful applicant will demonstrate an understanding of physical historical collections—their intellectual content and materiality—and the ability to envision their interpretation through traditional scholarly modes and emerging technologies.


Qualifications include specific academic subject knowledge of the history of medicine and the history of science and an advanced degree in a relevant discipline. A minimum of two years of employment in a special collections research library, university teaching, and/or in digital humanities projects is required. Experience with digitization and digital humanities projects is strongly preferred.


This positions has been reposted and reclassified. Minimum salary $63, 315; Midpoint $89,197.

Comprehensive benefits package.


Preference will be given to candidates who apply by September 30, 2017.


For further information about the position and to apply, visit and click on Employment under “More to Explore” at the bottom of the page. Application should include letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three professional references.

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