Assistant Professor, Software Engineering - Rochester Institute of Technology

Requisition Number: 5509BR

School/Department: Software Engineering

College : Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Faculty Rank : Assistant Professor
Tenure Status: Tenure-Track

Anticipated Start Date: Aug 2021

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The department has one opening for Assistant Professor in Data Science starting August 2021.

Applications are invited for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Software Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). RIT is committed to being a student-centered research university. As part of that commitment, Assistant Professors will be expected to teach two courses per year through year five, with tenure review in year six after which teaching load will be adjusted according to the intensity of the research load. RIT is also positioned to provide excellent competitive startup funding for PhD students, equipment, and travel in support of building an outstanding research program. The university provides support for gaining external funding, including several internal seed funding opportunities.

Founded in 1996, The RIT Department of Software Engineering is the first department of its kind in the US. The department has 16 full-time faculty members, numerous Ph.D. students in SE, and multiple postdocs. The SE department offers Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Software Engineering, as well as a new Masters in Data Science, with a current enrollment of approximately 500 undergraduate and 100 graduate students. The undergraduate Software Engineering program has been accredited by ABET since 2001, most recently renewed in 2016.The department is part of RIT’s largest college, The Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. In addition to Software Engineering, the college includes a college-wide PhD Program; the Department of Computer Science; the School of Interactive Games and Media; the School of Information; and the Department of Computing Security.

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.


Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences at RIT is one of the most comprehensive computing colleges in the nation. The college is housed in modern facilities in Rochester, NY, that include leading programs in computer science, game design and cybersecurity. As home to the country’s first undergraduate programs in software engineering and information technology, as well as the recently opened Global Cybersecurity Institute, Golisano College has long been a leader in computing education and research. Faculty, staff and students have access to specialized studios, labs, and equipment that are among the most complete and current of any university in the world. Moreover, Golisano College graduates go on to work at the world’s leading tech firms and have developed groundbreaking technology like the Kinect for Xbox 360 and game-changing innovations like jQuery. The college is home to the departments of Computer Science, Computing Security, and Software Engineering, as well as the School of Information, the School of Interactive Games & Media, and a college-wide PhD program, providing abundant opportunities for research collaboration within and beyond the college.


The Department of Software Engineering offers the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Software Engineering with current undergraduate enrollment of 550 and graduate enrollment of 50 students. The department also offers a Master of Science degree in Data Science. The undergraduate Software Engineering program has been accredited by ABET since 2001, most recently renewed in 2016.


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Discipline expertise in any area of data science or applied artificial intelligence, with a track record of publication in leading data science and/or artificial intelligence venues.
Candidates in either of these tracks shall meet the following qualification criteria:

  • Demonstrated ability for scholarly research as shown by a recent scholarly dissemination record relevant to the applicant’s area of expertise, and/or experience developing research proposals. Scholarly dissemination includes peer-reviewed conferences and journals in well-known software engineering, data science or artificial intelligence research venues, or development of peer-reviewed software products or data sets.
  • Commitment and potential to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Potential to collaborate in research with colleagues within the department, college, university, and externally.
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.
  • A PhD in Computer Science, Data Science, Software Engineering, or a related computing discipline, is required by the start date of the appointment.


Apply online at Keyword Search 5509BR. Please submit the following: your online application; cover letter addressing the required qualifications for this position; a curriculum vitae, and upload the following attachments:

  • A teaching statement describing the candidate’s teaching experience, specific courses the candidate can teach, and their approach to teaching.
  • A research statement describing the accomplishments, impacts, and future directions of the applicant’s research.
  • Copies of up to three publications that best show the applicant’s scholarly work. (5MB size per attachment)
  • Three letters of reference, sent directly to the Data Science Search Committee chair:

Review of applications begins immediately for the August 2021 position. Review of applications will continue until an acceptable candidate is found.

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to