Requisition Number 1504BR
Position Title Director of Carlson Center for Imaging Science
College/Division College of Science
Organization COS Center for Imaging Science
Faculty Type (Tenure Status) Tenure-Track
Faculty Discipline Imaging Science
Faculty Rank Professor
Employment Category Fulltime
Anticipated Start Date 01-Jul-2015
Department/College Description RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science is dedicated to advancing the frontiers of imaging science and its technical applications. With current funding from NSF, NIH, NASA, DoD, foundations, and industry, the Center’s 17 core and 7 research faculty are responsible for a significant fraction of research funding at RIT. The Center’s active research areas are biomedical imaging, optics & instrumentation, remote sensing, vision science, astronomy & space science, computer vision & computational photography, free-form optics, historical document imaging, situational awareness, and virtual reality. CIS offers B.S., M.S., Ph.D. degrees in imaging science with an experiential and systems emphasis. The programs focus on the physics of image formation, quantitative spectral and temporal image analysis and information extraction, and the development and application of sensor systems and imaging instrumentation. The faculty have extensive collaborations across the university and with other universities, industry, and national labs. CIS faculty participate in RIT’s Ph.D. programs in color science, astrophysical sciences & technology, microsystems engineering, and computing & information sciences. CIS is an interdiscplinary research and academic center within RIT’s College of Science. For more information, visit

Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the world’s leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For.” RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit and

The Greater Rochester Region ranks among the top knowledge-based economic regions in the world. Situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes, Rochester is the third largest metro area in New York. The region is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity (16% African and Latin American and 7% of international origin) and is known for its intellectual capital and innovation. Scientific Reports named Rochester 18th among “the world’s leading science cities” and the New Republic reports Rochester as one of the most innovation-intensive metro areas in the country. Atlantic Magazine listed Rochester as one of 35 innovation hubs in the country, based on start-up companies, patents and entrepreneurs per capita. The region has an exceptional quality of life, with cultural amenities and recreational activities, affordable health care and cost of living, excellent schools, and the arts, culture, sports, and nightlife of a big city with the ease and comfort of a small town. In addition, Rochester is one of the least-congested cities in the U.S., with an average commute of under 20 minutes. The region has been ranked 6th among 379 metro areas by Places Rated Almanac as one of the “Best Places to Live in America”, and 1st by Expansion Management Magazine’s ranking of metro areas having the best quality of life in the nation.
Detailed Job Description RIT seeks a visionary and dynamic leader to serve as the Director of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, an interdisciplinary and experiential research and education center dedicated to advancing the technical frontiers of imaging science.

The Director is responsible for leading the academic, research, service, and operational activities of the faculty, staff, and students. Under the leadership of the CIS Director, the Center serves national and international needs by continuing to pioneer unique imaging science and technical applications. The daily operation of the Center requires an open, inclusive, and effective management style that inspires and supports the faculty, staff, and students in their individual and collaborative efforts. Federal, state, foundation, and industry research partnerships and funding are central to the success of the CIS research and academic programs. The Director plays a critical role in providing leadership and advocacy for obtaining external funds for the Center, cultivating funding agencies and donors and leading opportunities for center-wide strategic proposals. The Director is expected to extend the Center’s reputation and sphere of influence nationally and globally by leveraging the interdisciplinary collaboration within the Center and across the University and by expanding and strengthening relationships with its partners in academia, government, and industry.

Responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate the development and execution of the Center’s strategic plan to promote academic and research excellence
  • Manage CIS financial resources
  • Cultivate existing and prospective donors and research partners
  • Encourage discovery and entrepreneurship opportunities for faculty, staff and students
  • Identify interdisciplinary projects and programs to extend the breadth of understanding while leveraging University expertise
Required Minimum Qualifications The successful candidate must have:
  • An earned doctorate, with significant research experience related to imaging science
  • Demonstrated strong management, leadership, communication, and advocacy skills
  • The ability to facilitate a broad research portfolio that encompasses the many dimensions of imaging science, fostering and encouraging collaboration with other academic disciplines

An appropriate candidate may be appointed at the level of full professor with tenure.

Required Minimum Education Level PhD
Required Application Documents Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Cover Letter
List of References
How To Apply APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at, search openings, then Keyword search 1504BR.

Please submit: application, your curriculum vitae, cover letter(which should include a discussion of the expertise, leadership experience, and other attributes you would bring to the role of Director of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at RIT, and how you would fulfill the goals and responsibilities identified in the position descriptions)  and upload the following attachment:
-Three professional references (with contact information)

Review of applications will begin February 16, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
Materials should be addressed to Search Committee Chairs, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science.
Questions about the Center or the Director position may be directed to the search committee at cisdirectorsearch2015@cis.rit.eduor directly to the search committee co-chairs:

Jeff B. Pelz
Wiedman Professor
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Rochester Institute of Technology
54 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
1 585 475-2783
Deborah M. Stendardi
Vice President for Government and Community Relations
Rochester Institute of Technology
30 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
1 585 475-5040
Additional Details 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 accommodation to applicants with disabilities, veterans or wounded warriors where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.