The Metropolitan Design Center seeks qualified candidates for various research projects. These are temporary positions and vary in percent time and duration, depending on the project. Research Fellows will be hired as project funding becomes available The positions are responsible for assisting with planning, designing, and/or conducting the day-to-day research and outreach functions of the Metropolitan Design Center in collaboration with the center director and Project Investigators.
Positions are academic professional appointments at the level of Research Fellow (#9703). These are temporary positions and vary in percent time and duration, depending on the project. Renewal is dependent upon performance, funding, and the needs of the Metropolitan Design Center.
The College of Design's Metropolitan Design Center (MDC) The Metropolitan Design Center (MDC) investigates and develops strategies for designing a more livable and sustainable metropolitan region, working in collaboration with faculty, design and planning firms, nonprofits and governmental agencies. Recent research and design projects have addressed issues of metropolitan development and green space, affordable and high density housing, and active and healthy cities. The MDC is nationally recognized through publications and awards. More information about the MDC's mission, projects, publications, and staff is available online: http://www.designcenter.umn.edu/.
Participate in Research Projects (60%)
- Develop and maintain knowledge regarding the Center's and the College of Design’s programs and goals, and emerging trends within any or all of the Center's research and outreach areas.
- Work with the Principle Investigators to achieve the benchmarks and goals of individual projects.
- Participate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of Center research and outreach projects; integrate diversity in research activities.
- Participate in set-up meetings with clients; conceptualize and produce design proposals in conjunction with the Director and/or PIs and give presentations to clients related to assigned projects.
- Construct models that clarify the design outcomes of specific research topics. Create and critique designs at the urban scale.
- Research precedents, case studies, and applications specific to project topics.
- Visually communicate and refine raw data in the form of charts, infographics, and geospatial mapping.
- Monitor, track and record project outcomes.
- Participate in the analysis of data that informs project work.
- Identify, work with, and build relationships with project partners to implement research design, in accordance with Center goals.
- Give day-to-day supervision to graduate research assistants and unpaid interns.
- Collect, review and refine student work from classes related to the Center’s research.
- Contribute to writing grant proposals.
Reporting and Publication (25%)
- Collaborate on writing and preparing presentations of findings.
- Assist with writing reports and publications for funders and potential funders.
- Collect and analyze data, compile information, research and provide data; write and/or co-author, review, and edit publications, such as professional publications and academic journals, conference papers, etc. Contribute to Center website.
- Build and maintain relationships with key partners and internal university colleagues.
- Serve as an ambassador and represent the Center, College and University to partners and non-University colleagues.
- Participate in presenting project data and outcomes to funders and project partners.
- Give public lectures and/or presentations regarding Center projects.
- Participate in studio or class reviews related to MDC goals and initiatives.
- May give guest lectures to MDC educational program courses.
- Participate in Center planning meetings.
- Keep current with emerging information in the discipline through professional journal and publications, seminars, webinars, etc.