The Vertical Geopolitics Lab is seeking a Research Assistant (Model-Making) for an immediate start. This post is a paid opportunity for a limited-term contract of between 15 to 30 hours per week, dependent on availability.
The Vertical Geopolitics Lab (VGL) is a non-profit think-tank and speculative design practice based at the University of Toronto (UofT), Daniels. Currently, the lab is preparing a critical research-based exhibition on the instrumentalization of architecture in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to be installed in early March 2024.
This Research Assistant post will be engaged in a range of collaborative work types. As part of a small and select team, the successful candidate will engage in model-making and a variety of exhibition-making techniques to immersively communicate the lab’s research findings. The ideal candidate is either a current student or a recent graduate in visual studies, scenic design, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or a related field. The Vertical Geopolitics Lab is eager to work with a collaborative, self-motivated, detail-oriented, organized, and flexible individual who wishes to develop their skills and related interests.
Essential Qualifications and Experience
- Currently enrolled in or recently completed a qualification in visual studies, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or a related field.
- Experience in physical scale-size model-making and use of a machine workshop.
- Experience in digital 3D model-making with the Rhino software app and the use of a digital fabrication lab (eg 3D model-printing, CNC laser cutting and milling (CAM)).
Preferred Qualifications and Experience
- Experience in one or more of the following is preferred: exhibition installation, lighting, use of textile/wood/metal materials and/or construction knowledge.
- Knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian language is an asset, but not essential.
Please send your applications to Prof Lukas Pauer at firstname.lastname@example.org Applications must include a CV and student/professional portfolio with a focus on model-making work samples. If you are a student, kindly specify your expected availability on weekdays throughout the term. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but the current deadline for submissions is Sat, 9 Dec, 2023. Please submit electronically as a single multi-page PDF document.