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Nature Lab Hyundai Biological Programs Fellow

Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 4, 2023

Job Details

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) seeks a term Nature Lab Hyundai Motor Group Biodesign Fellow to join Academic Affair. Academic Affairs supports the work of faculty, departments and students across all divisions.

With a deep understanding of the biological and environmental sciences, responsible for expanding, maintaining and supplementing biodesign pedagogy, research and practices in the Nature Lab, and advancing understanding of the connections between biology, art, design and nature, as approved. Develops and provides training for and mentors students and faculty in natural science and biodesign topics, including regenerative design, biomimicry, biomaterials and living systems. Makes recommendations to the Director regarding improvements and or enhancements to the Lab’s equipment, biomaterials and image libraries, and biological assets.

This position is funded by the Hyundai Motor Group, and provides essential support to ongoing HMG|RISD studio and workshop activities that foster art|design inquiry and innovation based on biology and living systems.

We seek a culturally competent candidate who will thrive in a campus environment that is committed to advancing the principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities.

Essential Functions:
  • With an in-depth understanding of biomimicry, biomaterials and living systems, create and teach workshops, provide demonstrations, mentor students through one-on-one instruction, and participate in institution-wide and departmental projects, workshops and events.

  • With a high level of biological knowledge, scientific expertise and independence, provide opportunities for student and faculty learning around Nature Lab collections, field work and research equipment. Investigate and recommend new technology that enhances student exploration of the Nature Lab collection and ways to expand its living and non- living biological resources.

  • Oversee the biomaterials library and recommend additional recipes and samples appropriate to the RISD community.

  • Participate in meetings and coordinate portions of communications with HMG on implementation of projects that rely on Nature Lab resources and expertise.

  • Hire, supervise, evaluate and mentor undergraduate work study students and graduate research assistants assigned to biodesign projects. Nurture students’ skills in employing biodesign principles and caring for living organisms; prepare maintenance schedules and assign tasks.

Additional Functions:
  • Support fundraising and public relations efforts of the Nature Lab by hosting guests and visitors. Work closely with the Director, Public Safety, and Environmental Health and Safety to support a safe and secure working environment.

  • Assist the Director with other projects, programs and functions of the Nature Lab, in support of its mission, as directed. Complete other related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Experience
  • Commitment to centering inclusivity, diversity and equity in executing key responsibilities.

  • Computer experience required for maintaining records, schedules and data entry.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively and flexibly in a service-oriented environment.

  • Must be able to give attention to detail as well as foster an inspirational learning environment.

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

  • Master’s degree in biology, biomimicry or environmental science or an equivalent combination of specialized academic education and/or experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Training and/or experience in biodesign and the demonstrated ability and professional experience to comprehend the connections between, and to advocate for, the study of both art/design and science in a natural science setting, strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated teaching experience in either formal or informal learning settings preferred.

  • Experience supervising students or other personnel in an educational setting preferred.



Work Schedule:

35 hours per week; 12 months per year

Employment Status:

Full-time; Exempt; 2 Year Term



Work Modality


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume (Required)

Cover Letter (Required)

Salary Grade Structure

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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Nature Lab



RISD is a college and museum founded in 1877 in Providence, RI. Today 2,620 students engage in 44 full-time bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, supported by a committed faculty and worldwide network of more than 31,000 alumni.

By cultivating expansive and elastic thinking, RISD equips artists, designers and scholars to generate and challenge the ideas that shape our world.

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