DESIGN INSTRUCTOR, D-Lab (part-time, 50%), to coteach two spring semester classes--2.722J/EC.720 D-Lab Design and EC.725 Leadership in Design--which are focused on applying the human-centered design process to a challenge suggested by an international project partner. Over the course of the semester, interdisciplinary student teams work on the steps of the human-centered design process with guidance from their instructors, the workshop manager, and feedback from the international project partners. Students are trained to use tools in the wood and metal shops, create an early-stage product prototype, and execute simple testing prior to the final review. Class sessions include lectures, hands-on exercises, and extensive class time dedicated to workshop activities. Students are expected to learn and exercise project management skills and communicate professionally with their international project partners. Instructors support students in this endeavor. Students from all majors enroll and instructors are expected to convey material in a manner accessible to students of diverse backgrounds and skill levels. Instructors are responsible for identifying five to eight project partners with established businesses, start-ups, or nonprofits in low- and middle-income countries around the world. Assistance in project identification is available from D-Lab and its extensive international network.
REQUIRED: bachelor's degree; three years' relevant product design and development experience; experience using the human-centered design process; hands-on expertise with mechanical fabrication; expertise with value chain analysis and/or engineering analysis, studio-based design pedagogy, and working with students in a project-based environment; and excellent organizational, time-management, and oral and written communication skills. PREFERRED: master's in engineering or an equivalent professional degree; and experience in engineering, design, and/or manufacturing in low-income international settings. Job #23158
Must be able to spend flexible hours working with students in a workshop setting outside of class time.
The Spring 2024 class will be co-instructed by an experienced D-Lab staff member.
This is a part-time, one-semester position subject to renewal with a remuneration of $15,000 total ($10k for the Design class and $5k for the Leadership in Design class)
Inquiries may be addressed to Libby Hsu, MIT D-Lab Associate Director of Academics, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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