employment opportunities: Alfred University

Date Posted: 2/17/14
Position Title: Raw Materials Technician
and Grade:
Technical Specialsit

Location: Ceramics Grinding Room
and Duties:
Locate, order, and test raw materials, as well as keep
up-to-date concerning new raw materials and products. This includes
researching and proposing suitable alternatives to obsolete materials,
providing information to faculty and students regarding materials
properties, and advising as to which products may best suit their
particular needs.

Store materials when received and perform semi-annual physical inventories. This involves lifting heavy bags of materials.

Keep proper records in connection with the undergraduate and graduate
glaze labs and individual student purchases in the store. Manage
accounts payable and accounts receivable activities for the Grinding

Maintain and periodically update the Grinding Room website.

Research and implement a digital library with consistent photo images of
glaze/clay/reduction results, images with formula/recipe accessible
on web site.

Research disposal methodology for semi-solid non-hazardous waste.

Supervise and inform students regarding the use of equipment, mixing
procedures, materials use, and substitution. Provide instruction and
supervision to students in safe and competent use of raw materials,
mixing equipment, and laboratories.

Maintain a clean and safe working environment, including the basic
upkeep of equipment and facilities. Manage and conduct safety training
and ensure compliance with safety rules, regulations, and protocols.

Participate in University safety training and comply with safety rules,
regulations and protocols.

Participate in material tracking from procurement to disposal regarding hazardous material handling techniques.

Develop a digital library of glaze samples and formulas.

Assist the Kiln Specialists in the kiln room as needed.

Supervise student assistants.

Perform additional duties and assist with special projects as assigned.

Requirements: Formal Education: MFA in Ceramic Art preferred; or
BFA with related experience in the field (ceramic supply store
experience or equivalent). Other undergraduate or graduate degrees will
be considered with related experience in ceramic art materials.

Experience: Working knowledge of materials and applications for all
ceramic art applications; experience in making ceramic art, preferably a
practicing artist.

Additional Knowledge/Skills: Must be able to lift approximately 50 lbs.

Must be able to operate heavy equipment, including forklifts and dump trucks.

Knowledge of kilns and clay mixers’ operation and maintenance.

Send cover letter, resume, and list of three references, one of which is
previous supervisor, to Raw Materials Technician Search C/O Anne
Currier, Ceramics Chair, Harder Hall, One Saxon Drive, Alfred NY 14802.
Review of candidates will continue until position is filled.

Alfred University actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment
opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee, student or
applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical
or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital
status, genetic information, or political affiliation; minorities and
women are encouraged to apply.