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Instructional Faculty
College of Science
COS Center for Detectors
Assistant Professor

The Center for Detectors designs, develops, and uses new advanced sensor technologies through partnership with academic researchers, industry engineers, government scientists, and university/college students. The Center has approximately a dozen projects funded by a range of sponsors, including NASA and NSF. The detectors being developed by the Center are useful in a wide range of diverse applications, including astrophysics, biomedical imaging, Earth system science, and inter-planetary space travel. The center’s website is at
Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with an enrollment of approximately 18,000 students. The School of Physics and Astronomy consists of 36 faculty, 4 postdocs, 140 undergraduate majors, and 25 graduate students. The School offers a BS program in physics and a PhD/MS program in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology. Faculty in the school also contribute to graduate programs in Materials Science & Engineering, Microsystems Engineering, Sustainability, and Imaging Science. Approximately 1800 students/semester are taught introductory physics in an activity-based integrated lecture/lab format. Information about the RIT School of Physics and Astronomy can be found at

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful applicant will lead a research laboratory developing or using detectors within the Center for Detectors and be committed to excellence in teaching at all levels of the curriculum and service contributions to the School of Physics and Astronomy. There is particular interest in research that includes optical or infrared astronomical instrumentation. The position is anticipated to be at the rank of Assistant Professor, however, candidates with experience and qualifications consistent with appointment at a higher rank are also strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physics or closely related field and have relevant postdoctoral experience. Candidates must possess an ability to establish and maintain a laboratory-based research group, have demonstrated ability or strong potential to obtain significant grant funding, show evidence of ongoing research excellence, and have experience with or demonstrate a strong commitment to mentoring student research at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States beginning August 17, 2015, and be a U.S. Person as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), have the ability to obtain the appropriate license to comply with the US Export Control Laws, or otherwise legally access ITAR-controlled technology or data.
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  • A Ph.D. in physics, materials science, engineering, astrophysics, or related fields
  • Post-doctoral experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to research and excellence in teaching at all levels of the curriculum
  • Ability to establish and maintain a research program in developing and/or deploying advanced detectors
  • A commitment to the educational mission of the College of Science
  • Capable of including graduate and undergraduate students in research
  • Strong communication skills
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States beginning August, 2015
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences
  • Be a U.S. Person as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), have the ability to obtain the appropriate license to comply with the US Export Control Laws, or otherwise legally access ITAR-controlled technology or data
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Cover Letter
Research Statement
List of References
Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Apply online at, search openings, then Keyword Search: 1393BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae and cover letter, and upload the following as one PDF attachment:

  • Statement of research goals 
  • Teaching statement
  • A list of three current professional references

Within the cover letter, candidates must include a statement about their contributions to diversity (please refer to the Contribution to Diversity Statement: A guide for RIT candidates). Inquiries regarding the position may also be sent electronically to

To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received by January 1, 2015.

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