The College of Design is situated within a world-class public research institution dedicated to meeting the challenges of the future. We believe that every employee plays an important role in achieving the college's teaching, research, and outreach mission. 

Welcome, Job Seekers!

Employment Opportunities

Full position descriptions for job opportunities can be found on the University's Office of Human Resources' employment website. To view and apply for current opportunities, enter the job ID number in the keyword search. 

If you have any questions on how to apply, please reach out to the College of Design HR Team at [email protected].

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Faculty Positions

Design Justice Faculty Cluster Hire

Design Justice is a new initiative within the College of Design, seeking to create space, policy, and practices that support the inclusion and retention of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) as well as other communities who have been historically underinvested. Design Justice is supported by a group of individuals across design disciplines, known as the Collective, who are committed to anti-racism, decolonized pedagogy, and the liberation of communities who have been underinvested historically, in both design academia and the design industry. Areas of scholarship, teaching, and/or service will involve: anti-racism, racial justice, racial disparities, and/or racial discrimination; equity, power/privilege, and/or bias; benefits to the BIPOC, immigrant, and refugee populations; environmental and social justice; and/or other forms of studying and countering systemic oppression.

Successful candidates for all of the faculty positions will have the clear potential, demonstrated ability, and/or related scholarship to support our BIPOC and other marginalized communities within their respective discipline. We are looking to expand the Design Justice Collective with a cluster hire of several faculty, in various programs across two years.

Staff Positions

Research Center Grants and Contracts Administrator, Job ID: 355792

The Center for Sustainable Building Research Administration (CSBR) and Minnesota Design Center (MDC) are seeking a Research Center Grants and Contracts Admin to manage pre-award and post-award activities. Work will cut across the many specialties within the Grants and Contracts such as proposals, program development, contract negotiation support, financial administration, reporting, and compliance.

Learn more and apply to the Research Center Grants and Contracts Administrator position.


Graduate Program Coordinator, Job ID: 355857

The College of Design is seeking a Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) to work closely with academic units to coordinate all aspects of recruitment, retention, student programming, and advising for graduate students. This GPC plays a key role in advancing the College’s vision and increasing diversity within the student body by coordinating graduate program marketing, developing relationships with traditionally marginalized communities, and leveraging funding to meet College goals. 

Learn more about the Graduate Program Coordinator position and apply.

Student Positions

Student FABstore/Laser Technician, Job ID: 355583

The Student FABstore/Laser Technician assists and oversees students, faculty and staff in use of the CDES FABstore and Laser Lab to conduct coursework and academic research. FABstore/Laser Technicians conduct sales, maintain stock inventory and provide user assistance in laser cutting from common design software.

Learn more and apply to the Student FABstore/Laser Technician position.


Student Fabrication Technician, Job ID: 355581

The Student Fabrication Technician is responsible for overseeing the safe use of tools and equipment in the fabrication shops. The position helps foster a safe and welcoming working environment for shop users from all design disciplines and of all levels of skill. Students users make furniture, exhibits, lamps, product prototypes, scale architectural models, and other physical objects. The Student Fabrication Technician consults with students about materials, recommends tools and processes, and demonstrates the safe operation of equipment. Because shop users have varying degrees of previous experience, the Student Fabrication Technician must be able to adjust their instruction style to accommodate any shop user. 

Learn more and apply to the Student Fabrication Technician position.

Why Work for the University?

Bringing people together in new ways, fostering discoveries, and making our world a better place is what we do at the University of Minnesota and the College of Design. Located within the vibrant metropolitan community of Minneapolis and St. Paul, employees of the college have the opportunity to work and connect with one of the major design communities in the United States. 

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Employee Benefits

The University is dedicated to keeping you and your family healthy—physically, emotionally, financially, socially, and professionally. We believe in the concept of total compensation: a complete package of rewards that includes not just wages but a full scope of benefits to make sure our faculty and staff remain happy, healthy, and engaged in their work.