Director of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (6249BR) - Rochester Institute of Technology

Requisition Number: 6249BR

School/Department: Imaging Science

College : College of Science

Faculty Rank : Director of Carlson Center
Tenure Status: Tenure-Track

Anticipated Start Date: August 2022

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The Rochester Institute of Technology seeks a visionary and dynamic leader to serve as the Director of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (CIS), one of six academic units within the College of Science. The faculty and staff of CIS, which offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in imaging science, are engaged in a wide variety of cutting-edge imaging science research areas, from remote sensing and advanced optics instrumentation to computer vision and virtual reality. As the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer of CIS, the Director is responsible for leading the Center’s academic and research programs and for managing its operational activities, including overseeing student, faculty, staff and academic affairs. The Director works closely with faculty to develop a strategic vision for the Center that yields new research directions and drives the evolution of its undergraduate and graduate curricula, and the Director provides advocacy for CIS research and academic programs within and beyond RIT. The daily operation of the Center requires an open and inclusive management style that inspires and supports the faculty, staff, and students in their individual and collaborative efforts. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Extending the Center’s national and global reputation and impact by leveraging the interdisciplinary collaboration within the Center, across RIT, and with its partners in academia, government, and industry
  • Providing leadership and advocacy for the pursuit of external funds for the Center by cultivating existing and prospective donors and research partners, engaging federal and state funding agencies, and leading opportunities for center-wide strategic initiatives
  • Striving for student success and ensuring the continuous improvement of CIS academic programs
  • Recruiting, supporting, and advocating for faculty and staff at all levels

CIS Director appointments are five-year renewable terms.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to access, equity, diversity, and inclusion, student-centeredness, professional development and scholarship, integrity and ethics, innovation and flexibility, and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.


The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (CIS) is an interdisciplinary university research and academic unit dedicated to advancing the frontiers of imaging science and its technical applications, enabled by its robust research portfolio and degree programs. Imaging science is a diverse field including all aspects from image acquisition to interpretation by algorithms or people. The Center’s active research areas include remote sensing, optics, photonics, lasers, human vision, computer vision, artificial intelligence, astronomy and space science, instrumentation, augmented and virtual reality, detectors, historical document imaging, light-matter interactions, nano-imaging, and biomedical imaging. With B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs that focus on the physics of image formation, quantitative spectral and temporal image analysis, information extraction, image processing, and the development and application of sensor and imaging instrumentation systems, the Center’s graduates are in high demand. At present, these programs comprise 100 Ph.D students, 25 M.S. students and 40 B.S. students. The Center’s 19 core tenure-track faculty, six research faculty, and 15 research scientists are responsible for annually attracting roughly $5M of research funding, derived from funding sources that include NSF, NIH, NASA, DoD, foundations, and industry. CIS faculty have extensive internal and external collaborations (industry and national labs), and contribute to or are affiliated with RIT’s Ph.D. programs in color science, astrophysical sciences & technology, microsystems engineering, and computing & information sciences. For more information please see our annual report and visit our web site.

RIT is committed to the Center’s growth, identifying Imaging Science as one of 12 “new economy majors”, majors that break down traditional boundaries and open students up to a whole new world of possibilities. Found between classic majors and those traditionally described as specialized, new economy majors like imaging science are future-focused and in demand.


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


We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate the ability and interest to contribute 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. Select to view links to RIT’s Core Values, Honor Code and Diversity Commitment. A successful candidate must also demonstrate qualifications consistent with the rank of tenured full professor, including the following:

  • An earned doctorate in a STEM or STEM-related field
  • Distinguished publication and funding records that feature research reliant on, contributing to, or synergistic with imaging science
  • Significant experience in training, mentorship, and/or education of undergraduate and graduate students and/or junior researchers
  • Significant leadership experience commensurate with that of an academic department chair or industry/laboratory research group leader

Additional, desirable qualifications include:

  • Significant science project management experience
  • A track record of success in advocacy and fundraising for research and/or academic programs


Please apply online at Search: 6249BR. Please submit your online application; cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and interests for the position; Curriculum Vitae; and upload the following documents:

  • Research statement that includes current and future research directions in addition to targeted funding sources and plans for securing external funds;
  • Statement of teaching/mentoring philosophy;
  • Contact information for three references, from whom we may request letters of reference; and
  • Contribution to Diversity Statement. The Contribution to Diversity statement should articulate the candidate’s goals to contribute to personal and institutional diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in their teaching, scholarship and service.
  • (Please see the links for information regarding DEI initiatives within the College of Science, and RIT’s Plan for Race and Ethnicity.)

Candidacy will be kept confidential until the candidate accepts an invitation for an on-campus interview.
Deadline for receipt of applications is January 10, 2022. On-campus interviews are expected to commence in the February-March time frame. It is expected that the new director will assume the position no later than July 1, 2022.

Please contact Dr. Joel Kastner, CIS Director Search Committee Chair, via e-mail (, with any questions about the position.

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