Lab Attendant (Makerspace) Position With KMDI Summer 2022

The Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) is a cross-disciplinary research institute spanning eleven faculties at the University of Toronto that produces cross-sector research and pedagogical resources aimed at exploring the complex relationships between information, technology and society, with the aims of advancing social justice and supporting human-centered design. Our current projects include multiple studies of the various social, cultural, and political implications of everyday technologies, from 3D printers and gaming platforms, to touch devices and environmental data infrastructures. The KMDI’s Makerspace is an inclusive and experimental space located in 417BL containing 3D printers, scanners, electronics, and other creative technology equipment. We are currently seeking a lab attendant to help create and manage summer programming, and assist in the development of new activities and workshops for Fall 2023.

Qualifications:

  • Experience designing and leading hands-on activities and programming with diverse groups of participants at various skill levels  
  • Ability to learn to use new technology equipment 
  • Experience (any level) in some form of making, crafting, creating art, tinkering, and/or building  
  • Self-motivated; takes initiative; pro-active 
  • Committed, reliable, ability to work both independently and as part of a team 
  • Ability to work remotely if needed 

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, edit programs and activities which help promote the Makerspace as a resource for research, teaching, or experimenting with new technologies and practices 
  • Prepare workshops for the Fall semester which help foster a sense of curiosity about technology 
  • Work with the KMDI Director and the Makerspace Research and Programming Coordinator to identify and develop new projects and ideas for mobilizing the Makerspace 

Preference will be given to KMD-CS and Faculty of Information students.
  
The successful applicant will be offered a contract of 100 hours, to be completed over the course of the Summer 2022 May 9 – Aug 15. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.
  
To apply, email a CV and cover letter to CLN https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home.htm Job# 198171 by the posted deadline. Questions may be directed to Michael Andreae (michael.andrea@utoronto.ca).