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Design + Innovation Lab Fab Fellows

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job No: 502006
Division/Organization: College of Engineering
Job Type: UW Student Assistant
Remote Eligbility: Not Remote
Location: Makerspace
Salary/Wage Range or Lump Sum: 20,500.00
Job Categories: Interpersonal Communication, Leadership, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Digital Technology, Teamwork/Collaboration, Professionalism/Work Ethic, STEM, Graduate Fellowships, Graduate Assistant-Teaching Assistant, Graduate Assistant-Programs/Projects, Career Management, Honoring Context and Culture

Department Overview:

Grainger Engineering Design + Innovation Lab

Anticipated Start Date:

Summer 2022 or Fall 2022

Anticipated End Date (If Applicable):

2-year term

Remote Work Eligibility Detail:

Due to the hands-on nature of the role, a purely remote position is not possible. We follow all CoE safety protocols to keep our students and employees safe, including practicing distancing, wearing masks/shields/make fitters when necessary, and performing tasks remotely when possible.

Remote work for any UW-Madison Student Employee role must be completed within the United States. International telecommuting is not permitted.

Anticipated Hours Per Week:

20 hours/week


Flexible, during D+I Lab open hours (subject to change)

Salary/Wage Range/Lump Sum:

Full tuition remission plus $20,500.00 yearly stipend

Number of Positions:

Up to 6


  • Be accepted into a graduate degree program at UW-Madison. Certain restrictions may apply based on your program, though we can help guide you. 
  • Have experience with design and prototyping and a bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g. engineering, art, industrial design).
  • Provide visual examples of past work showing us your creativity and passion for making. This can be a portfolio or some other form that helps us get to know who you are.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


Position Summary/Job Duties:

We are looking for graduate students who are passionate about making and teaching at UW Madison, and can commit to two years as Fab Fellows. As a Fab Fellow, your duties will include:

  • Helping run the Design + Innovation Lab (including the Makerspace, TEAM Lab, and student org shops). This involves helping with equipment maintenance, new user training, and managing/mentoring undergraduate student staff.
  • Providing instructional support to courses that use the facilities, such as the MDI Master’s program, the 1st year design course InterEgr 170, and final year interdisciplinary capstone sections.
  • Optionally, completing an applied, high-tech project for your thesis work, under the mentorship of full-time staff or affiliated faculty. 

In return, each Fab Fellow will receive:

  • A full-ride through tuition remission and a stipend during your 2 years as a Fab Fellow. 
  • Training on a wide range of fabrication / prototyping equipment such as 3D printers, lathes, welding, electronics and laser cutters. 
  • Extensive leadership and teaching experience.
  • Access to a fun and engaging community of other students interested in hands-on design and prototyping.

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to leave your mark on an exciting and ever-evolving space on campus. We welcome your enthusiasm and what you uniquely bring to the table.

Successful candidates can start as early as summer 2022. 

COVID-19 Workplace Safety:

Please review and be aware of the Student Employee COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy.

Physical Demands:

Can occasionally require lifting heavy objects; help is always available.

Institutional Statements:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

UW-Madison is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background-people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:

Accommodation Statement:

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:


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