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Instructional Laboratory Specialist

UIC School of Design k

Chicago, IL

Mar 23
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Instructional Laboratory Specialist (Academic Professional)
School of Architecture, School of Design
College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts
University of Illinois at Chicago

UIC School of Architecture and School of Design are seeking an Instructional Lab Specialist for the Fabrication Lab and Project Lab. The Fabrication Lab and Project Lab serve undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the School of Architecture and the School of Design. The facilities feature modern equipment used in model fabrication, form building, and prototyping. These labs provide a diverse set of tools from a variety of disciplines. Some tools represented in these spaces include CNC mills, Laser Cutters, 3D Printers, and metal/wood fabrication equipment. The duties of Instructional Laboratory Specialists entail activities in the Project Lab and Fabrication Lab and support the Senior Lab Specialist.


* Assists Senior Lab Specialist with management and maintenance of shop spaces and equipment
* Creates programming and tutorials to elaborate on common issues or questions
* Oversees and utilizes student workers to complete tasks
* Consults with students, faculty, and staff in the use of lab materials
* Vendor relations: shipping and receiving
* CNC Mill Operation
* 3D Printing Service Management
* Assists with delivery of shop services and material preparation for class needs by request of faculty.
* Creates programming and tutorials to elaborate on common issues or questions
* Assists with student projects
* Administers general first aid, calls in medical professionals when needed, and fills out Injury Reports.
* Manages inventory and purchases all consumables and materials. Receives deliveries and is involved with vendor relations.
* Participates in physical maintenance of tools, equipment, and associated resources to provide a safe working environment.
* Aids in the implementation and organization of safety demonstrations.
* Assists with general preparation and maintenance of the building, classrooms, and studios.

The ideal candidate would have robust wood/metal shop experience. Proficiencies in product design prototyping, architectural model making, and experience in a safety-oriented instructional shop educational environment are desirable. Further preferred proficiencies include: excellent communication, conflict management skills, and creative problem solving abilities. The candidate should be able to enthusiastically meet student problems with patience, encouragement, and novel solutions.

Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area, and a minimum of four years’ experience in an Architecture, Design, or Arts workshop setting. Preferred competencies in 3D Modeling in Rhino, Solidworks, and / or Fusion 360, Adobe Suite, 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, and 3 Axis Mill. Salary and title to commensurate with experience and qualifications. Finalists will be asked to participate in interviews which will take place in April. Appointments begin by or before 06/16/2023.

Electronic applications must be received by 04/17/2023. Submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a list of three professional references through the UIC job board at Please direct questions or concerns regarding the search and/or application process to Rodrigo Diaz-Tobin, Assistant Director, Confidentiality will be observed in the search process.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a disability.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.

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