VR Makerspace Research Assistant Position

Job Description:

  • 100 hours (approximately 3-5 hours/week) until April 2020
  • $25-$35/hour (commensurate with experience)
  • To start immediately

The KMDI-Semaphore is seeking a research assistant to help coordinate and develop programming for our Makerspace and VR Labs, as well as provide support for a new research partnership that will explore the intersection(s) of making and reality-enhancing technologies. Knowledge of makerspace equipment and activities is required, including experience with 3D printers, Arduinos, Raspberri Pi’s. Familiarity with other forms of making or crafting digital crafting machines, and firsthand experience with reality-enhancing technologies (VR, AR, and/or MR) are also preferred.


  • Preference will be given to current University of Toronto Faculty of Information and/or KMD PhD students. Master’s students in these programs who have the appropriate experience and skills are also encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge of 3D printers, arduinos, makerspaces and VR equipment


  • Re-organizing the equipment and spaces of our VR Lab and Makerspace
  • Working with the KMDI Director and Inforum Interim Director to develop a multipurpose, research and learning space that combines maker and reality-enhancing technologies
  • Ensuring equipment is operated safely
  • Ensuring equipment is organized, up to date, and in good working condition
  • Working with the Inforum and existing KMDI staff to ensure that Makerspace and VR Lab events and activities run smoothly. This includes ensuring that all necessary equipment and materials are on hand and operational, ensuring the necessary paperwork has been completed, and ensuring timely internal communication of workshop contents and schedules.

We are committed to diversifying the conversation around Makerspaces and technology. While all applicants are welcome, preference will be given to voices not often represented in these fields. We encourage people of colour, Aboriginal and First Nations folks, gender variant people, people with disability, and those with cultural, economic, and social backgrounds different from the traditionally presented Canadian settler perspective. If you have any questions, concerns, or require assistance completing this application please contact sara.grimes@utoronto.ca

How to apply:
Email sara.grimes@utoronto.ca with brief cover letter and CV.
Applications are open until the position is filled.

Photo by ZMorph Multitool 3D Printer on Unsplash