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A cover letter  and portfolio is required for consideration for this position. The cover letter should  be attached as the first page of the resume and address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

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Job Summary

We are looking for a full-time research associate with skills in design and industrial knitting to work in Prof. Sean Ahlquist's lab in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Applicant must have strong design skills as well as an ability to operate Stoll knitting machines and the M1-Plus software. Advanced knowledge in machine operation and programming is preferred, but training can be provided in order to build upon existing skills. 

Applicant must have at least an undergrad degree from a design or engineering-oriented field, and have shown experience with CNC knitting through their academic and/or professional work.The work will focus on advanced research in applying knitting techniques to the fields of architecture, behavioral science, structural engineering, furniture systems and automotive design.   The applicant must be able to work collaboratively, independently problem-solve, be detail-oriented, and demonstrate the ability to work with proprietary/confidential information. Prof. Ahlquist's lab follows the precedent established by the FabLab at Taubman College as a leader in developing advanced fabrication technologies to explore and generate novel architectural concepts and technological systems.

Additional Information

Who We Are

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan promotes the public good by engaging a diverse constituency in purpose-driven learning and research that focuses on the built environment. Consistently named among the best architecture and planning schools in the country, the college prepares graduates to lead the professions, organizations, and institutions that shape our world at every scale. Investments in digital and material making, new master’s degrees, and enhanced facilities have made the college a leading site of advanced work, particularly in robotics, fabrication, and material systems. Capacity building in community engagement, pipeline programs, and justice initiatives have made Taubman College a leader in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the academy and in professional practice. Faculty fellowships and research grants have cultivated a robust experimental design culture. Through interdisciplinary work with field-leading units at one of the world’s greatest public research universities, Taubman faculty and students are prototyping a better future.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Taubman College also affirms the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as we organize resources and priorities that align with our values. We seek to have a diverse group of persons at all levels of the college - students, faculty, staff, and administrators - including persons of different race and ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status. We strive to create a community of mutual respect and trust, a community in which every and all members and their respective backgrounds, identities, and views are represented without any threat of bias, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. Learn more about Taubman College’s DEI efforts.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.