Position Title: Senior Research Associate
Requisition Number: 0206073289
Location New York City
Position Type: Administrative
Position Status: Part-Time
Department: PSD/Academic Facilities Resources
Parsons School of Design seeks a Researcher for the Donghia healthier
Materials Library. The position is supported through a Donghia Foundation
grant awarded to the Healthy Materials Lab (HML) at Parsons and is a
critical part of the initiative housed within the Parsons Design Lab. This
position is a temporary, part-time position beginning July 1, 2021 through
June 30, 2023 and coincides with a two-year research grant.
The Researcher will be charged with the ongoing development of materials
resources using the existing Donghia healthier Materials Library as the
foundation. The principal responsibility of the Researcher will be to
effectively disseminate the healthiest materials research currently available
through a carefully curated materials collection of healthier affordable
building product alternatives. The audience will be local and national
students, faculty and design professionals. Through the dissemination work of
this position, and through the Donghia healthier Materials Library, the
Healthy Materials Lab can affect the systems change necessary to bring about
radical transformation to curriculum of designers and architects,
manufacturers of materials and products, and ultimately to the professionals
in the affordable housing sector—a primary audience for the grant.
In support of these goals, and based on the ongoing research conducted in the
Healthy Materials Lab, the Researcher will be responsible for some of the
operations of the Donghia healthier Materials Library, including the curation
of new, healthier materials that can be speciﬁed for installation in new and
renovated spaces. The library will become a resource for the university as we
educate future designers and speciﬁers, and for the industry at large which
looks to Parsons as an innovator in the ﬁeld of design. As the Researcher
grows collections of healthy materials in the Library and increases awareness
about the beneﬁts of specifying healthier alternatives, they will become
integral in the market shift towards a more robust selection of healthier
Reporting to the Director of the Healthy Materials Lab, the Researcher will
also work closely with the Director of Design of the Healthy Materials Lab and
the lab's team of Research Fellows.
The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the
workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented
groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.
- Keep current with material innovations worldwide and provide resources
about new materials through Donghia healthier Materials Library
- Continue to build the database of materials, acquire new healthier
materials, remove or reuse outdated materials
- Open the library for part-time access to respond to student and faculty
materials questions and track material loans to faculty and students.
- Work with manufacturers and other partners to advocate for transparency and
innovation in the development of new products used in the Affordable Housing
- Curate and install displays to support a healthy materials culture at
Parsons to align research and practice with the speciﬁc goals of the grant—to
transform building materials use in affordable housing
- Develop and oversee research projects with HML and Student Research
- Perform additional tasks as necessary
- Masters degree required or Bachelor's degree in interior design,
architecture or related ﬁelds with equivalent industry/practice experience.
- 3-5 years experience working with the chemical and human health evaluation
of building materials within a professional setting.
- Good interpersonal skills. Proven track record of working well with people
from diverse backgrounds, professional training, and aesthetic sensibilities.
- Experience and ability with collaboration across disciplines and leading
teams of people
- Experience and knowledge of the practice of interior design, product design
or architecture or equivalent.
- Understanding of disciplinary differences and overlaps of interests as they
pertain to material resources.
- Possess knowledge of a wide range of physical and digital materials,
product evaluation tools and product organization systems as they pertain to
- Strong organizational skills in the areas of curation, storage, archiving,
with an ability to provide access to materials and a command of best practices
and emerging trends of materials.
- Have a passion for materials and be able to demonstrate research in the
areas of material health and material ecosystems.
- Understanding of material and fabrication processes and ability to make
this knowledge accessible to visitors of the Library
- Ability to stay current with and advocate for sustainable practices
particularly as they pertain to human health.
- Have an existing professional network of manufacturers, designers,
architects, and/or advocates of sustainability.
- Ability to develop and nurture individual student's design abilities with
particular attention to the importance of material choices and a strong
commitment to progressive design education.
- Proﬁciency with Microsoft Ofﬁce, Google Suite and Adobe Creative Suite
- Excellent and gracious communication skills– verbal and written
- Ability to work with a diverse community of students, staff, and faculty
with a high degree of cultural competency
- Must be able to work both independently and collectively
Job Family: Parsons
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Posting Date: 06/08/2021
Open Until Filled Yes
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