University of Illinois Chicago

Senior Instructional Laboratory Specialist – SOD (Job ID #167475)


The School of Architecture and the School of Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invite applications for the academic professional position of Senior Instructional Laboratory Specialist.

The duties of Senior Instructional Laboratory Specialists entail activities in the Project Lab and Fabrication Lab, both state-of-the-art facilities with laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC routers, woodworking equipment, and metalworking equipment. This position is responsible for managing laboratory set-up, support, and maintenance, and assisting in the development of policies and procedures. Relied upon as University representative for all correspondence related to lab and the equipment. Responsibilities include:


  • Supervises and consults with students, faculty, and staff in the use of lab materials and equipment.
  • Works closely with CADA faculty and administration to efficiently schedule lab access and authorization workshops.
  • Assesses student and faculty needs while providing services and demonstrations for lab equipment and general use.
  • Works in coordination with others to schedule demonstrations and provide support for projects utilizing labs.
  • Organizes and provides cross training for lab specialists in School of Architecture and School of Design.


  • Updates rules and regulations of the lab based on professor/course requirements.
  • Hires, trains, supervises Graduate Teaching Assistants and Student Assistant Workers. Reviews applications, interviews applicants, processes paperwork, provides scheduling, and submits hours worked.
  • Trains and works with student employees in delivery of shop services and material preparation for class needs by request of faculty.
  • Administers general first aid, calls in medical professionals when needed, and fills out Injury Reports.
  • Takes inventory and purchases all consumables and materials. Receives deliveries.
  • Oversees the physical maintenance of tools, equipment, and associated resources to provide a safe working environment.
  • Implements and organizes safety demonstrations.


  • Keeps current of fabrication trends and technologies. Consults with other Lab Specialists, Assistant Directors, and Faculty Committee on equipment and tool upgrades and needs.
  • Maintains a clean facility, clear of debris and obstructions.
  • Advises and assists in the development and execution of capital improvement projects involving the labs and instructional facilities.
  • Submits work orders for lab facility needs.
  • Works with Lab Specialists and Associate Directors on preparation for events and special projects within CADA.
  • Assists with general preparation and maintenance of the building, classrooms, and studios.
Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area (master’s degree preferred), and a minimum of five years’ experience in an Architecture, Design, or Arts laboratory setting. Salary and title to commensurate with experience and qualifications. Finalists will be asked to participate in interviews which will take place in late June or early July. Appointments begin by or before August 2022.

Electronic applications must be received by June 20, 2022. 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 Annabelle Clarke, Associate 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.

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