Job Details

Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Position Number: 4708874
  • Location: Rochester, NY
  • Position Type: Science - Biology

Asst/Assoc Prof of Cognitive Neuroscience/Cognitive Science
College of Science
COS Integrated Sciences Academy

Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Tenure-Track
Faculty Discipline:
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor
Employment Category: Fulltime
Anticipated Start Date: 16-Aug-2024

Detailed Job Description
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) welcomes applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Cognitive Science, at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level, to begin in the fall of 2024. Responsibilities will include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, publishing high-quality scholarly research, and securing extramural research funding to support and advise graduate students in our new PhD program in Cognitive Science. This new program is jointly offered by five RIT colleges, including the College of Science, the College of Liberal Arts, the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The successful applicant will have the unique opportunity to contribute significantly to building and growing this exciting new interdisciplinary program.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct externally funded research involving graduate and undergraduate students. The area of research specialization is open, but the ability to conduct research and teach in the field of cognitive neuroscience is highly desirable. We are particularly interested in candidates whose interests complement existing strengths on campus, provide new opportunities for collaboration across colleges, and use research methods that permit the inclusion of a diverse participant pool. Also desirable are post-doctoral research experience, teaching experience, and potential for NIH funding. The successful applicant will have obtained their Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree prior to the position start date. Evidence of a commitment to Open Science practices is also highly valued. The Assistant or Associate Professor of Cognitive Science will also be expected to demonstrate excellence or the potential for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and a history of active consideration of the needs of a diverse student body will be advantageous.

The new faculty member will receive competitive salary and benefits, including medical, dental, paid family leave, tuition waiver, and retirement savings. They will be supported with research startup funding and laboratory space commensurate with their research needs and experience.

We are seeking an individual who can and is interested in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development; 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 statement of diversity.

Department/College Description
The Integrated Sciences Academy (ISA) is an academic department in the College of Science at RIT that is home to multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary academic and research programs. ISA hosts Neuroscience BS, Color Science MS and PhD programs, and interdisciplinary minors. Faculty in the ISA enjoy a friendly, innovative environment and often work collaboratively across college boundaries.

The RIT College of Science offers 13 undergraduate programs and 14 graduate programs including 5 PhD and 17 BS/MS programs. The College has established an inclusive community that embraces social justice and equity in 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 externally grant-funded colleges on campus, the College of Science gives students unrivaled opportunities to engage in real-world research with supportive faculty mentors.

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

Required Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Cognitive Psychology, or a related field at the time of appointment
  • Post-doctoral training or similar post-PhD research experience
  • Evidence of peer-reviewed publications in disciplinary journals
  • Potential for establishing a program of extramurally funded research
  • Ability to effectively mentor and collaborate with scholars from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines

Required Minimum Education Level

Required Application Documents
Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References, Research Statement, Statement of Diversity Contribution, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

How To Apply
Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 8294BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:
  • Research Statement that provides an overview of recent research products (including the applicants role); proposed plans for an externally funded research enterprise, with an overview of research needs (e.g., major equipment, atypical infrastructure); and discusses their approach to training, mentorship and support of research students of various levels.
  • Teaching Statement that discusses their teaching philosophy and pedagogical approach(es); previous teaching experiences and/or courses they would like to develop, existing courses they would like to teach; and articulates any specific interest or goals for teaching, curriculum development, or program development;
  • Contribution to Diversity Statement that articulates the candidates past contributions and future goals to contribute to personal and institutional diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in their teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • The names, addresses and contact information for three references.
  • Contribution to Open Science statement
Inquiries regarding the position may be made to the search committee chair: Susan Farnand
Applications will be considered until a suitable candidate is identified.
Review of applications will begin Nov 13, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled..

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Additional Details

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.

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