JOB OPPORTUNITY: Printmaking Specialist (Shop Technician) Cornell University

Printmaking Specialist (Shop Technician)-23370

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The College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University invites applications for a Printmaking Specialist to begin in August 2014.

The Printmaking Specialist will oversee and support day-to-day activities related to the AAP Material Practice Facilities (MPF) Printmaking Studios, as well as participate in a multi-disciplinary team in support of the MPF Digital Fabrication Lab.  The successful candidate will possess technical knowledge and expertise in intaglio, screenprint, lithography, woodcut, papermaking, book arts, applications in digital print; experience in these areas requires the ability to maintain safe use and disposal of chemicals in an effort to maintain a non-toxic and sustainable studio.
Responsible to service studio equipment which includes: etching and lithography presses, multiple hot plates, large scale aquatint box, plate cutters, and print dryer; inventory of silkscreen and litho stones, silkscreens, vacuum exposure unit, metal-halide plate burner, power washer and light safe areas; Hollander and various papermaking supplies, rollers, brayers and supplemental supplies for all print media.
Safety responsibilities include proper maintenance of ferric chloride baths and incidental usage of nitric acid, supervising safe chemical handling and usage; arranging appropriate removal of spent chemicals (acid and solvents) by working with the University’s Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Office to ensure that safe working practices are in place, including the proper location of safety signage and ensuring that all Material, Safety, Data Sheets (MSDS) are cataloged as required.
The Print Media facilities include dedicated studios for intaglio, lithography, screen printing; papermaking and book arts which are maintained as portable units; and a darkroom for alternative processes. The digital fabrication lab includes both plastic and powder 3D printers, multiple laser cutters, CNC cutters, vinyl cutter and digital kiln.  An additional printmaking studio designated for graduate students, faculty, and special visiting artists’ projects provides a professional studio for edition projects and serves as a pedagogical unit where collaborations exists between artists. The print studios incorporate material processes beyond their designed use, as in papermaking and book making, casting, woodcut, and monotype.
This is a benefits eligible part time, 30 hour/week, 10 month position (approximately the first week of August through the end of May).

Minimum qualifications include an Associate’s degree and 2-4 years’ experience with printmaking equipment and techniques and safety regulations ,or equivalent combination of education and experience however an MFA is strongly preferred.

  • Interest or experience in working with visiting artists is highly desirable.
  • Must have knowledge of health and safety standards, including working with hazardous materials.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital fabrication equipment and their associated control systems.
  • Must be comfortable working with students, staff and faculty and have excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Must be able to perform physical activities including, but not limited to, lifting up to 50 lbs., bending, standing, climbing and walking while performing classroom demonstrations and experiments.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
No relocation assistance is provided for this position.
Background check may be required.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

 Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We’re an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.
Primary Location-Ithaca
Organization -Architecture, Art & Planning, College of
Job Type-Standard
Overtime Status -Non-exempt
Contact Name-Cyndi L Morris
Number of Openings-1
Recruiting Range-$21.13 – $23.48
University Job Title-Equipment Technician IV


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