Assistant Professor in Data Science at Rochester Institute of Technology

New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Mar 09, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

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 14 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 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 RIT’s core values, honor code, and diversity commitment.  


The College:  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: 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.

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (include required minimum education level)

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.


Go to and use search keyword 5509BR. A complete application will include the following materials:

  • A cover letter addressing the required qualifications for this position as well as the desired start date.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 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.
  • 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.