Calling All Beer Buffs: The Smithsonian Has a Job for You

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Museum seeks professional historian/scholar for a new initiative on American brewing history

Interested candidates should act fast: applications are due Aug. 10.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History is hiring a historian/scholar for its new initiative on American brewing history, with an emphasis on the craft beer industry.

The job is a three-year appointment and pays almost $65,000, but don’t think that it’s just about knowing your craft beers.

They’re looking for someone with “proven experience in scholarly research, organizing and conducting oral history interviews, writing for both scholarly and general audiences, and knowledge of material culture and archival materials,” according to the job posting.

“We have collected food history for many years, so when we were doing the research for the exhibition, which is all about big changes in the post WWII era in how and what we eat, one thing we were curious about is the craft beer movement,” Paula Johnson, curator, said. “We were looking at wine, coffee, cheese, artisanal bread, and farmers markets. Well, this movement with small-scale, local regional beer is part of the ethos."

Interested applicants can send their résumé, cover letter, and three references to Abigail Karow at NMAHApplications@si.edu. The application deadline is Aug. 10, 2016.

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