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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Instructor, Design for Scale in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Instructor, Design for Scale

  • Job Number: 23899

  • Functional Area: Academic (non-faculty)

  • Department: D-Lab

  • School Area: Chancellor's

  • Employment Type: Part-Time

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

  • Schedule: Part-Time (50%) - see description

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    Job Description

INSTRUCTOR, DESIGN FOR SCALE, D-Lab ( (part-time, 50%), to coteach EC.729/2.729/EC.797/2.789 Design for Scale ( , an upper-level, twelve-unit class focused on the late stages of product design and manufacturing for users in low-income settings. Over the course of the semester, interdisciplinary teams of students work to bring products in various stages of development to a point of manufacturing readiness. Lessons are hands-on and case-based, with extensive class time dedicated to workshop activities. This is an advanced design and manufacturing course where students use CAD and various rapid prototyping and mass-manufacturing technologies resulting in substantially iterated product designs, and if appropriate, a small production batch. Students from all majors are encouraged to enroll and graduate students are also accepted, which means instructors are expected to convey material in a manner accessible to students of diverse backgrounds and skill levels. Will be responsible for identifying three-to-five class projects with established businesses and start-ups in low- and middle-income countries such as India, Tanzania, or Nicaragua. (Assistance in project identification is available from D-Lab.) Partial funding is available for some student travel and out-of-country fieldwork over the January Independent Activities Period, which may be arranged at the discretion of instructors and partners.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree; at least three years’ relevant manufacturing and/or product design experience; experience applying design for manufacturability; hands-on expertise with mechanical fabrication; expertise with value chain 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 degree or equivalent professional degree in engineering; and experience in engineering, design, and/or manufacturing in low-income international settings. Job #23899 The compensation is $10,500 per semester as a co-instructor.This is a part-time, one-semester position subject to renewal.Must be able to spend flexible hours working with students in a workshop setting outside of class time.Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check.4/3/24