Employment Opportunities

UCLA Department of Design Media Arts Fabrication and Electronics Lab Assistant

Working under the direction of the Fabrication and Electronics Lab Manager, the incumbent will assist faculty, teaching assistants, staff, and undergraduate and graduate Design Media Arts students working in the Fabrication and Electronics Lab during class and open lab times. Other major duties include maintenance of tools and lab equipment; ordering, receiving, and stocking of lab supplies; maintenance of safety procedures in the lab; and helping to manage the day-to-day operations of the Fabrication Lab laser cutting service. May work on lab infrastructure, research projects, and special projects as assigned.

The incumbent should have basic knowledge and experience with CNC machines, laser cutters, and 3D printers, as well as woodshop tools and safety knowledge. Basic or more advanced experience with multimedia construction techniques for sculpture and design (including mold making, furniture making, jig-making, casting, sewing, etc.); 3D software such as Rhino or Maya; and electronics and microcontrollers is a plus. Strong organizational skills and an eye for safety are important requirements.

Qualifications:

  1. Basic knowledge of a variety of workshop equipment and construction tools, including power tools like band saws, table saws, drills, sanders, and hand tools such as chisels, planes, and hand saws.
  2. Basic skills working with different building materials, e.g., wood, plastic, metal, and wire.
  3. Basic experience with CNC routers and laser cutters.
  4. Excellent oral communication capability to instruct others about safety procedures and proper equipment and facility use.
  5. Ability to assert authority for maintaining safety standards as well as a clean working environment.
  6. Skills to supervise a group or an individual in use of safe usage of tools, equipment, and building materials work.
  7. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with all demographic groups, from custodial staff to faculty, students, and administrators.
  8. Experience and ability to purchase and change blades and bits for cutting, sawing, and drilling equipment used in a working shop. Ability to recognize when tools are dull and need to be replaced.
  9. Ability to read and understand university forms, policies, and procedures well enough to complete and functions of this position within standard parameters.
  10. Ability to function in a working-shop environment, with its related noise, potential dangers, and occasional dust.
  11. Ability to supervise student workers, organize schedules, assign jobs, sign timesheets, and verify hours worked.
  12. Ability to maintain a professional, patient demeanor at all times.
  13. Ability to use a computer for administrative tasks as well as 2D and 3D graphic software to build, visualize, and control modern tools and machinery such as laser cutters, 3D printers, and CNC mills.
  14. Experience in working with a variety of electronic tools and materials, including sensors, interactive systems, oscilloscopes, actuators, motors, microcontrollers, and robotics. Knowledge of the principles of analog and digital electronics.
  15. Skill in researching options for purchase, set up, and maintenance of equipment.
  16. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  17. Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  18. Working knowledge of first-aid procedures.
  19. Ability to be very well organized to assist with operations, and technical and administrative aspects of the position.
  20. Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks according to changing needs.
  21. Basic experience with multimedia construction techniques for sculpture and design, including mold making, furniture making, jig-making, casting, sewing, etc. (Preferred)
  22. Basic experience with electronics and microcontrollers. (Preferred)
  23. Ability to drive to off-campus vendors. (Preferred)

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

All application materials must be submitted by August 13, 2018.

To apply please visit https://hr.mycareer.ucla.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=73831.

UCLA Department of Design Media Arts Part-time Lecturer Position in Form

The Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) at UCLA is looking to hire a part-time lecturer to teach Form in Winter 2019.

Course description for DESMA 22: Form

This project-based class is an experimental studio / lab that explores foundational concepts and techniques behind the creation of new 3D forms. Prompting the constant navigation back and forth between digital and physical modes of thinking and working, we will collaborate with computers, machines, and various tool sets both physical and virtual to translate ideas and materials into objects. The concepts we will explore as a group include physical and sensorial properties such as scale, weight, materiality, and motion, as well as function, transformation, translation, interactivity, and performance. In this introduction to polygonal mesh, solid, and surface geometries and construction techniques we will cover additive and subtractive processes, pattern-making from surfaces, rapid prototyping techniques, and general use of shop machines and tools big and small. This includes the use of lab equipment such as the laser cutter, the CNC-Router, 3D printer, sewing machines, and saws and power tools, as well as a basic introduction to foundational wood, foam, and fabric construction techniques. Our experimentations will prompt us to consider relationships between objects, between objects and bodies, between bodies and technology, between technology and form, between form and language, and between computer code and visual design. Based on your own experiences, aesthetic and design sensibilities, interests, and research, you will also use this course to explore your own set of more personal and political themes and concepts as you begin to create your own definition of form.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This form-making and introductory fabrication course may be taught from a variety of different approaches. The class could focus on a more specific theme than the general theme outlined above. But ideally, the course will strike a balance between teaching critical sculpture/design concepts and practical making, crafting, and engineering skills. The class takes place in the shop, and so requires a great deal of hands on attention with students, and close collaboration with lab staff.

Just one example of a DESMA 22 Form class: http://classes.dma.ucla.edu/Fall17/22/index.html

  • Course Duration: January 3 – March 23, 2019 (11 weeks)
  • Course Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays / 2-4:40pm in the DMA Fabrication Lab in Broad Arts Center
  • Course Enrollment: Maximum of 14 students, with 1 Graduate Teaching Assistant

Salary Range: $6,082 to $6,549, or higher if commensurate with experience.

To Apply: We require a cover letter, CV, and a “Statement of Teaching.” We also recommend candidates to submit a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity,” which addresses the candidate’s past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

All application materials must be submitted by October 31st, 2018.

To apply please visit https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03951.

UCLA Department of Design Media Arts Part-time Lecturer Positions

The Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) at UCLA is looking to hire temporary, part-time lecturers to teach during the 2018-2019 academic year. Areas of study in the department may include:

  • Color and Drawing
  • Word and Image
  • 3D Animation
  • Network Media
  • Video and Animation

Detailed information of the courses listed above can be found on our website: http://classes.dma.ucla.edu/index.php

About our undergraduate program:

The Design Media Arts (DMA) undergraduate program emphasizes innovative creation with digital and mass media within the context of a public research university. The curriculum features a solid foundation in form, color & drawing, motion, typography, and interactivity, followed by a broad selection of area studies courses in video, visual communication, network media, game design, and narrative. The program culminates with the senior projects classes where each student defines his/her own senior project based on individual interests within the areas of interactivity and games, video and animation, and visual communication and image. This uniquely challenging and diverse program invites students to balance aesthetic sensibility with logical reasoning, formal theories with practical application, and contemporary thought with historical perspective. Most courses are taught as studios of no more than 22 students, which encourage individual growth and fosters a sense of community within the department.

Rather than focusing on narrow professional development, our curriculum fosters experimentation across a range of different media. We privilege a social outlook, process, experimentation, and personal growth over conservatism and commercialism and we search for students who share the same goals. We strive to provide a broad education that encourages young people to make new connections, to analyze complex situations, and to think critically.

For more information about our undergraduate program and our students’ broad, innovative, and diverse areas of study, please visit http://gallery.dma.ucla.edu/filter/undergrad.

For information about the Department of Design Media Arts (DMA), please visit http://dma.ucla.edu/.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

All application materials must be submitted by December 31st, 2018.

To apply please visit https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03950.