Manager, Fabrication Lab, Department of Art – University of Nevada, Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno seeks a Manager for the Fabrication Lab, within the Department of Art.

The Fabrication Lab exists to serve the Department of Art, and to provide access and instruction to faculty and students. Running the Fab Lab requires engagement at all levels with faculty and students to cover a broad spectrum of needs related to digital fabrication for studio art. Instruction and assistance with all on-site technology, both hardware and software is crucial. The job also involves interactions and interdisciplinary work with faculty and staff from other colleges as well as members of the community.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • The Fabrication Lab serves the entire department and contains advanced equipment including 3D printers, a laser engraver, and a large vacuum bed digital cutter, as well as Mac and PC workstations. The Fabrication Lab Manager is responsible for the overall functioning of the lab; maintenance and calibration of equipment; and managing the lab’s budget.
  • The position will teach one course per year utilizing the lab. Other instructional responsibilities include collaborating with faculty to integrate lab functions and instruction into courses across the Art Department, and offering one-on-one guidance to students using the Lab.
  • The Manager is also responsible for ensuring a safe environment; supervising student employees; conducting outreach tours; and researching and developing software processes and methods for fabrication.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and two (2) years of related work experience OR Master’s Degree one (1) year of related work experience.
  • Related Experience: Experience teaching in a higher ed. setting preferably in the arts; developing curriculum; managing and working within a digital fabrication lab; equipment operation and maintenance; experience managing student workers and administrating finances or related.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience and familiarity with:

  • Managing a studio or lab environment
  • Adobe Creative Cloud and operation of digital fabrication equipment
  • Higher education, and/or supervising student employees

Schedule and Travel Requirements

  • Variable work schedule
  • Occasional travel

Compensation Grade

Administrative Faculty B

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select Administrative Faculty by Grade. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.

Remarkable Retirement

Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 15.50% contribution is generously matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow! All permanent employees on an annual “A” or “B” contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada.

“I had no idea the values of the faculty retirement plan when I joined UNR. On my first day, I found out I was fully vested in my contributions and the company’s 15.5% matching. I have watched my retirement grow over the years, not only in contributions, but with investments. It is hard to put into words how appreciative I am to feel so secure in my future” – Michelle B.

Perks of Working at UNR

  • Health insurance options including dental and vision
  • Generous annual and sick leave and life insurance
  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options.
  • Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life’s difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.
  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate.
  • Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University.
  • No state income tax!
  • Grants-in-Aid for Faculty Employees
  • The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee’s spouse or domestic partner.

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.

Search Contacts

Search Chair: Tyler Calkin-Low

Search Coordinator: Marie Dennis



Full-Time Equivalent


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This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.


The UNR Department of Art is a community of artists, scholars, and designers who engage on a local, national, and global level to shape the future of our respective disciplines. Connecting students to a diverse historic context is fundamental to training the next leaders who will be reimagining visual culture and new media studies. We are defined by groundbreaking creative and scholarly research and a progressive interdisciplinary curriculum. The Department of Art offers undergraduate degree programs (BA and BFA) and one graduate degree program (MFA) covering a wide range of fine art disciplines. These include art history, book arts, ceramics, digital media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, videography, and a newly developed graphic design program. The department is also home to Black Rock Press, a unique space that combines artist book publication and outreach activities with the book arts curriculum.

Included in the department are lecture classrooms, 2D, 3D, and time-based media studio classrooms; a new 2D/3D digital technologies fabrication lab and several exhibition venues including a 2,000 square foot gallery primarily dedicated to student exhibition, providing our BFA and MFA students with a professional quality venue in which to exhibit their midway advancement and thesis exhibitions.

Diversity is central to the mission of the Art Department. Our faculty, staff, and students strive to foster an inclusive environment that is conducive to exploring, engaging, and expressing diverse cultural and artistic perspectives and that values diverse identities.

The Department of Art is one of three academic units within the School of the Arts (SOTA), housed in the College of Liberal Arts. The SOTA departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance enroll more than 4,000 students from a wide array of backgrounds in arts courses each semester; we believe that artistic exploration is integral to a liberal arts education. Talented students and faculty from each department engage in scholarship and creative activity that are showcased to the community on our beautiful stages, concert halls, and visual arts exhibition venues. Each year over 75,000 visitors attend University arts events that highlight a range of guest artists as well as our own outstanding faculty and student research and creative activity.

Additional information about the department can be found on its website: