FabLab Manager-UT Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington FabLab is conducting a national search for a Manager who is interested in providing leadership within our lab during a time of extraordinary growth.  The UTA FabLab is poised to offer incredible opportunities for the learners who use our space; as the first MIT-affiliated Fab Lab in a university in Texas, our mission is to democratize access to cutting-edge technologies for all UTA students, faculty, and staff, as well as for the broader DFW community.  By establishing an environment that cultivates interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation, we seek to equip our users with the professional, creative, and technological skills they need to have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.  Please see more details below and share with anyone you think would be well suited for this opportunity.

 Manager of FabLab (JOBPOST0011684)

 Why choose us?We are a library that values exploring risk and revolutionary concepts in libraries. We think beyond traditional collections and services by developing programs that push creation, exploration, and innovation by our faculty and students. As UT Arlington accelerates its journey as a cutting-edge urban university, the Libraries’ excellent staff and services are the heart of the campus, united toward that goal.

Your job with us…The Manager of the FabLab is responsible for the overall operation of the UTA FabLab and the development of programs and services which meet the needs of FabLab learners who have a wide-range of experience and expertise using the equipment in the lab and who cross the boundaries of multiple disciplines including education, arts, business, engineering, and computer science and the humanities. This position requires a strong commitment to customer service coupled with a vision for using emerging technologies and evidence-based decision practices to develop, implement, and assess services.

What you bring…Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree. Three years of experience in digital fabrication methods; two years of supervisory experience or the equivalent experience.

Preferred: Master’s Degree in a STEAM field. Five years of experience managing and/or working in a makerspace or digital fabrication lab. Three years of supervisory experience. Experience with 3 or more of the following fabrication technologies: 3D Printing; 3D Scanning; Laser Cutting; CNC Routing; Plasma Cutting; and Electronics. Demonstrated leadership skills. Teaching experience. Demonstrated flexibility, collegiality, initiative, a commitment to customer service and service excellence.

About the University

The University of Texas at Arlington is a growing research powerhouse committed to life-enhancing discovery, innovative instruction, and caring community engagement. An educational leader in the heart of the thriving North Texas region, UTA nurtures minds within an environment that values excellence, ingenuity, and diversity.

Guided by world-class faculty members, the University’s more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs represent about 100 countries and pursue more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a broad range of disciplines. UTA is dedicated to producing the lifelong learners and critical thinkers our region and nation demand. About 65 percent of the University’s 200,000 alumni live in North Texas and contribute to our annual economic impact of $12.8 billion in the region.

With a growing number of campus residents, UTA has become a first-choice university for students seeking a vibrant college experience. In addition to receiving a first-rate education, our students participate in a robust slate of co-curricular activities that prepare them to become the next generation of leaders

UTA is proud to have placed highly in several recent national rankings.  UTA was awarded R-1: Doctoral Universities—Highest Research Activity designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the definitive list for the top doctoral research universities in the United States. This puts the University in an elite group of 115 institutions, including Harvard, MIT, and Johns Hopkins. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UTA as the 7th fastest-growing public research University in the United States.  The New America Foundation described UTA as a “Next Generation University” — one of only six in the nation. We are known for innovations in education, in the delivery of knowledge, and for leading national reform.  U.S. News & World Report listed UTA as the fifth most diverse among national universities. This ranking stands as a key indicator of our commitment to diversity and access.

The Community

Within a 25-mile radius of the center of Arlington is a dynamic community of over 2 million people. The Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers call the city home, and their stadiums are in the heart of the entertainment district, which includes the Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor theme parks. Arlington is recognized as the entertainment capital of Texas.  Arlington is conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth, which feature internationally renowned cultural and arts districts, restaurants, and a vibrant night scene. The nearby Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport is a major hub with nonstop flights to myriad national and international destinations.


Please submit applications at http://www.uta.edu/jobs and include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for at least three professional references. This job may close at any time.

Finalists will make a formal presentation to Libraries’ staff on a topic to be provided.  The successful candidate will be required to work some evening, weekend and holiday hours.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status. The University is committed to the Affirmative Action Program in compliance with all government requirements to ensure nondiscrimination. The UTA campus is accessible to persons with disabilities.