Drink beer? Get paid

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

AT­TEN­TION beer lovers: The Na­tional Mu­seum of Amer­i­can His­tory may have your dream job – trav­el­ling the coun­try drink­ing brews, all ex­penses paid.

The job, which pays US$64,650 a year, is no joke.

The Wash­ing­ton, DC-based mu­seum, part of the pres­ti­gious Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion, wants to hire a beer spe­cial­ist for three years to taste beer in brew­eries across the coun­try.

“Brew­ing and beer have been an im­por­tant part of the Amer­i­can ex­pe­ri­ence since be­fore the na­tion’s found­ing, and con­tinue to shape in­dus­try and com­mu­nity life into the present day,” said Su­san Evans, the Smith­so­nian’s di­rec­tor of Food His­tory Pro­grams.

The lucky his­to­rian would write ar­ti­cles, gather ar­chive ma­te­rial, and con­duct re­search into the his­tory of food and drink for use in ex­hibits.

Over­whelmed by a del­uge of ap­pli­cants, the mu­seum’s online job site crashed af­ter news about the po­si­tion got out.

“Hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple have been look­ing at the of­fer,” Evans said.

The job “has made a lot of noise be­cause peo­ple are very ex­cited that we are in­ter­ested in some­thing that con­cerns them [so] much”, she added.

Can­di­dates have un­til Au­gust 10 to ap­ply. Warn­ing: Com­pe­ti­tion is ex­pected to be fierce.

The mu­seum is seek­ing can­di­dates with ad­vanced de­grees and ev­i­dence of schol­arly re­search, prefer­ably those who spe­cialise in the beer in­dus­try, Evans said.

Funded by the Brewer’s As­so­ci­a­tion, a na­tional trade group, the po­si­tion will also be re­spon­si­ble for doc­u­ment­ing the his­tory of beer brew­ing in the United States. –

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