Senior Research Associate

The New School

United States

July 11, 2021


Senior Research Associate

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Position Title: Senior Research Associate Requisition Number: 0206073289 Location New York City Position Type: Administrative Position Status: Part-Time Department: PSD/Academic Facilities Resources Responsibilities:

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 alternatives.

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.

Responsibilities Include: - 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 sector. - 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 Assistants - Perform additional tasks as necessary

Minimum Qualifications:

- 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 design disciplines- - 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

Preferred Qualifications: Job Family: Parsons Special Instructions to Applicants: Posting Date: 06/08/2021 Closing Date: Open Until Filled Yes

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