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Position Detail - Fimbel Lab Technician

Fimbel Lab Technician

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: South Hadley, MA
Categories: Lab Technician/ Technician

Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 37.5   

Weeks per year: 52

Work Schedule: flexible, 9am - 5pm default 

This position is funded for three years, with the possibility of renewal.

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

The Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab serves the entire campus community to support both academic and personal hands-on projects. The Fimbel Technician will join the technical staff to train students, teach workshops, develop new activities, and keep the space welcoming and well run.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Prepare and run workshops (for classes, outreach, and evening events) 
  • Assist students, faculty and staff to find resources and operate equipment 
  • Maintain a safe and cleanworkspace within Fimbel Lab, including maintenance of equipment
  • Train student staff on technical tasks 
  • Develop new workshops
  • Consult on student projects when within expertise 
  • Design and build projects that improve the functionality of the space
  • Assist with social media and publicity 
  • Create a positive and welcoming environment for all users, regardless of background and level of knowledge 

Qualifications: Strong human relations and interpersonal skills to maintain an inclusive and welcoming environment
Ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently
Ability to prioritize work duties with demonstrated effective time management skills
Ability to multi-task and transition quickly between projects to address specific situations, and to manage multiple, concurrent projects
Experience with many of the tools in Fimbel Lab and the willingness to learn new skills (e.g. 3D printers, laser cutters, electronics, wood and metal work, machining)
Ability to handle a physically demanding set of tasks (equipment and tool handling, materials)

Preferred Qualifications: Past experience working in a makerspace environment similar to the Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab
Past experience teaching, tutoring, or mentoring


Compliance Requirements: 

Physical Demands: Must be able to navigate the lab environment and perform the common physical tasks involved with the tools in the space.

Working Conditions: Fimbel Maker & Innovation Lab is a laboratory environment with some mechanical, electrical, chemical, and auditory hazards.  

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Apply online; application materials must include:

  1. A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
  2. A complete resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Contact information for 3 professional references

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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