Assistant or Associate Professor - Biological Sciences - RIT (5433BR)

Requisition Number: 5433BR

School/Department: Biological Sciences

College : College of Science

Faculty Rank : Assistant or Associate Professor
Tenure Status: Tenure-Track

Anticipated Start Date: Aug 2021

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The Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences (GSoLS) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position starting in August 2021. We seek a colleague who is well-versed in genomics or other high-throughput “omics”-based approaches to study fundamental biological processes as part of an ongoing effort to enhance our reputation in this area to support teaching, research and scholarship.

The Assistant or Associate Professor is expected to establish an externally funded research program, direct the research of students at the undergraduate and masters levels, interact with a dynamic group of biologists, bioinformatics, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists, become an active participant in establishing a PhD program in the Biological Sciences that complements one of RIT’s strategic areas of growth, contribute to curricular improvement, and perform school and university service. Excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels is expected, and those using innovative pedagogical approaches are encouraged to apply. The specific courses taught will depend on expertise. A Ph.D. and postdoctoral training (or equivalent professional experience) in a biological, environmental science, or related field is required. In line with our commitment to improving diversity and inclusivity in the sciences, we are actively seeking to increase representation of faculty from historically underrepresented groups and we especially encourage scientists who are members of underrepresented groups to apply. Candidates applying at the rank of Associate professor must have a documented history of achievement that merits appointment at that level. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a strong track record of publication in high-quality journals and their capacity to incorporate the in-house next-generation sequencing systems into their current and future research.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking individuals who are committed to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.


The Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences (GSoLS) comprises 28 full-time Faculty; approximately 300 full-time students across our undergraduate majors of Biology, Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and Environmental Science; and 50 graduate students in our two Masters programs in Bioinformatics and Environmental Science. GSoLS is known for high-quality education, innovative approaches to teaching and learning, excellent research and expertise in target areas including bioinformatics, computational biology, earth and environmental science, biotechnology and STEM education.


The RIT College of Science offers 13 undergraduate programs and 14 graduate programs including 4 PhD and 17 BS/MS programs. The College has established an inclusive community that embraces social justice and equity among our education, research, and the scientific community at large. Our students benefit from the intersection of science and technology at RIT, including access and training with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and facilities starting in their first year at RIT. As one of the top external grant-funded colleges on campus, the College of Science gives students unrivaled opportunities to engage in real-world research with supportive faculty mentors. Our alumni stand out from their peers at Cornell, MIT, Harvard, Regeneron, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and the Cleveland Clinic, just to name a few.


Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at


  • A PhD. and postdoctoral training (or equivalent professional experience) in a biological, environmental science, or related field is required
  • Demonstrated commitment to research and excellence in teaching at all levels of the curriculum
  • Ability to establish and maintain a vigorous research program in genomics or other high-throughput “omics”-based approaches to study fundamental biological processes
  • Address grand challenge questions being actively pursued within RIT’s laboratories
  • Demonstrated ability, or strong potential, to obtain external research funding
  • A commitment to the educational and teaching mission of the College of Science
  • A commitment to including graduate and undergraduate students in research
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.


Applicants must apply online at Faculty Search: 5433BR.

Please submit your online application; cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; curriculum vitae and upload the following attachments:

  • Research statement that includes future research directions and targeted funding sources
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Name and contact information for four people willing to provide a letter of reference
  • Contribution to diversity statement.

Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2021; applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before this date. Please contact Dr. Gary Skuse (, Chair of Search Committee if you have any questions.

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