Creative Rapid Prototyping Expert

Join the Fab Lab Barcelona team!

Fab Lab Barcelona, part of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, is seeking a Creative Rapid Prototyping Expert. Fab Lab Barcelona supports different educational and research programs related to the multiple scales of the human habitat and engages in European research across numerous lines of enquiry, including design, distributed manufacturing, cities and culture. 

We seek the newest member of our small but effective team that will help us consolidate our growth:

  • You recognize that great projects aren’t the result of a single person but collaborative teamwork.
  • You understand that the collective strength of a team lies in its diversity and collaboration, valuing the unique contributions of each member
  • You are excited about working in a constantly changing and evolving environment.
  • You are a highly organised self-starter who enjoys teamwork but can work independently.
  • You are passionate about education, innovative learning methodologies, collective knowledge-sharing and open source practices.
  • You’re looking to work with 30 passionate individuals on more than 20 meaningful projects. If you’re mission-driven, detail-oriented, and an efficient time manager, our team is for you! 

Main Responsibilities: 

  • Bridging Digital and Physical Realms: Translate conceptual designs into tangible prototypes by harnessing a wide range of digital fabrication tools and techniques, merging the virtual and physical worlds.
  • Educational Outreach: Engage with educational initiatives at Fab Lab Barcelona and mentor the next generation of designers and technologists. Willingness to engage with and support students, demonstrating a commitment to fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment; consolidate knowledge;, and unify learning experiences across multiple learning programs
  • Collaborative Innovation: Join a team culture of shared exploration and experimentation, collaborating with fellow innovators to develop novel approaches that contribute to the collective open knowledge of the Fab Lab community.
  • Creative Problem-Solving: Approach complex challenges with a blend of creative thinking and technical know-how, devising innovative solutions that leverage your understanding of digital fabrication and rapid prototyping.
  • Technological Exploration: Embark on explorations into emerging technologies, experimenting with interactive design, responsive environments, and other cutting-edge techniques to continuously expand your skill set.
  • Research and Development: Stay at the forefront of technological advancements by continuously researching and experimenting with the latest digital fabrication and rapid prototyping methods, ensuring our work remains at the cutting edge of innovation.

Competences (Experience, Knowledge and Skills):

  • Previous workshop environment experience (Fab Labs, Makerspaces)
  • Rapid prototyping skills both in hardware (CAD/CAM, 3D printing, PCB design, etc) and software (Arduino, Web development, Basic Python, etc)
  • Commitment to open source values. Previous experience in open projects highlighting community contributions and free licences is a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organisational and time management skills with an ability to prioritise
  • Must be a motivated self-starter
  • Strong problem-solving skills and analytical abilities
  • Fab Academy or other Academany degree is a bonus

Specific Requirements: 

  • A valid work permit for Spain
  • Fluent in English and Spanish; Catalan is a plus – other languages are a bonus
  • Higher education degree.

Opportunity Statement

Anyone embracing and exploring the competences and responsibilities listed above can apply for this position. We especially encourage applications by folx from historically excluded groups, including folx who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, migrants, have disabilities, have previous experience with the justice system, are across dimensions of sociocultural origin, religious affiliation, literacy levels, social status and age, or are otherwise members of historically excluded communities. We strongly encourage applications from folx with these identities, who are members of other excluded and/or marginalised communities, or who are at the nexus of these identities.


  • Full-Time position (40h week, from Monday to Friday) based in Barcelona at Fab Lab Barcelona HQ (Carrer de Pujades, 102).
  • Duration: from Octubre 2024 to June 2025
  • Application deadline September 1º 2024
  • Gross Salary: 22-25K per annum, negotiable based on experience
  • How to Apply: Send your CV, cover letter, and any relevant documents to [email protected] with the subject line “ Creative Rapid Prototyping Expert”

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. We appreciate the interest of all applicants in advance.

IAAC is committed to create a diverse and inclusive organizational culture. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, familiar status and other legally protected characteristics.

*Please be advised that at this moment IAAC is not able to provide support in the visa sponsorship process.

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