Research Assistantship Opportunities

Explore opportunities to lead research that creates and expands knowledge, and transforms the world.

Open Opportunities

We are seeking Ph.D. students interested in researching human-centered artificial intelligence methods for robotics. Specifically, methods focused on diverse sets of individuals (e.g., Deaf or Hard of Hearing). Our lab has multiple robots available to support the work and a multitude of courses to build the necessary fundamentals.

To apply, please contact: 

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Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
585-475-6008

Dr. Lewis is looking for individuals with a background in materials science and an interest in the 3D printing (3DP) of polymers. This position will involve researching new materials for polymer 3DP, with an emphasis on new printing strategies and sustainable monomers/polymers. Funding for this work will be supplied by the DOD and requires that the candidate is a US citizen.  

Candidates with degrees in chemical or materials engineering would likely be well qualified for this position. Those from other engineering disciplines, as well as those with undergraduate degrees in physics or chemistry, would also be well suited for this position, provided they have a strong background/interest in materials science and engineering and/or chemistry.

To apply, please contact: 

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Associate Professor
Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
College of Engineering Technology
585-475-6848

 

Cybersecurity operations often require processing and analyzing a variety of logs and threat intelligence. With constant evolving attacks and networked system configurations, security analysts face constant pressure to find critical information in a large volume of noisy data.

Professor Yang's research group is seeking motivated students who are interested in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, and cybersecurity to join his research group to continue to explore and develop advances that can assist security analysts for efficient and effective cyber defense operations.

To apply, please contact:

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Professor
Department of Computer Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Director of Research, ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute
585-475-6434

Do you have a strong interest in Artificial Intelligence and how it impacts and interfaces with humans?

Please consider applying to the AWARE-AI NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program at RIT by March 1.

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Students admitted to or currently enrolled in the following RIT Ph.D. and MS on-campus programs in Rochester, New York can apply for a traineeship with the AWARE-AI NRT Program. In addition, if eligible, applicants will also be considered for a fellowship.

AWARE-AI Trainees experience convergent AI research guided by accomplished faculty in cross-disciplinary research tracks and carefully curated career-advancing activities that directly address skill gaps in graduate AI curricula.

Ph.D. Programs

MS Programs

Students are recommended to apply prior to their second year of graduate study. We especially encourage women, deaf or hard-of-hearing, African American, Latino/a American, and Native American students to apply to AWARE-AI.  

Research tracks include:

Software - Trainees investigate machine learning innovations and how to develop AI systems capable of processing multimodal streams of information over time as flexibly as a human.

Hardware - Trainees advance human-robot collaboration and AI on the edge to achieve human trust in automation, and continual machine learning on robotic systems.

Human-Computer Interaction - Trainees evaluate the needs of older adults with hearing loss in regard to speech technology and develop and assess AI prototype systems.

Cognitive Modeling - Trainees investigate human cognitive states and assess AI system reliability, focusing on understudied populations of AI users across the human lifespan or with disabilities.

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Questions? Please contact the AWARE-AI NRT Director, Cecilia Alm, Ph.D. at awareainrt@rit.edu.

Seeking up to five students at all levels for to work on research projects related to Biomechatronics. Specific projects involve design, fabrication, and testing of soft robotic actuators and sensors with a particular focus on wearable applications.  

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Dr. Michael Richards is looking for a Ph.D. student to work on a project in his lab, the Biomechanical Imaging Lab. The project focuses on developing a technique using high frame rate ultrasound imaging to non-invasively image and measure the motion of vibrating human vocal cords. Funding for the project is provided by the National Institute of Health. The project would involve an understanding of, or interest in learning, topics such as acoustics, ultrasound imaging, image processing, mechanics and dynamics, finite element analysis, computational methods, and both cadaveric animal and live human subject experimental testing. Candidates with degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or biomedical engineering are preferred but all qualified applicants are welcome.

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Brain Lab is looking for a highly motivated and passionate Ph.D. student to conduct research on design for testability and built-in self-test of spiking neuromorphic hardware.  Ideal candidates should have a mixture of analog/digital hardware design experience, proficiency in machine learning algorithms, and a strong math background.  Excellent programming skills are required.

Please contact:

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Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
585-475-4083

Dr. Alireza Vahid is looking for motivated candidates to work on problems in communication theory, wireless sensing, information and coding theory, and applications of machine learning in wireless systems. Candidates from closely related areas such as computer science, computer engineering, statistics, and mathematics will be considered.

There are currently open positions for Postdoctoral Researchers, Ph.D. students, and exchange Ph.D. students.

Qualifications Postdocs: The candidate must have a Ph.D. or be close to obtaining their Ph.D. degree. The candidate must have a strong publication record.

Qualifications Ph.D. Students: The ideal candidate is well-versed in mathematics and statistics, should be fluent in at least one computer programming language (C++ or Python preferred), and has good TOEFL/GRE scores. Previous publications are preferred.

Start Date: Flexible for postdocs. Fall ’24 for Ph.D. students.

Compensation: Selected candidates will enjoy competitive salary and benefits.

Application: Send your complete CV and the contact information for two references to Dr. Vahid's email address.

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Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Gleason Endowed Professor

Dr. Sunwoong "Sunny" Kim is looking for self-motivated Ph.D. candidates proficient in designing custom hardware accelerators. This position is available starting from Spring 2024 or Fall 2024. The candidates will be conducting research on FPGA-based or programmable SoC-based accelerators for cryptography. 

To apply, please contact:

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Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Solving problems at the intersection of artificial intelligence and chemistry, materials science and engineering.

I’m looking for Ph.D. students who are comfortable with both Python coding and chemistry. We will be tackling problems associated with optimization of solar cells, predicting crystal structures (and other properties) for photoactive materials and optimizing processes for manufacture.

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We invite applications for multiple Ph.D. student assistantship in the Flow Physics and Modeling lab at RIT. The students will conduct research in the areas of machine learning aided modeling, computational fluid dynamics, multiphysics modeling, flow sensing, biolocomotion and biomedical engineering. They will receive the financial support for full tuition fee and living expense.

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To apply, please contact:

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Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
585-475-4132

Dr. Ruben Proano is seeking a doctoral student to work on two Global Health problems. The student will be designing and implementing Operations Research models that will be used to assess some key issues affecting the global vaccine pediatric market.

Ideal recruits are students with a previous Industrial Systems Engineering, Mathematics, or Computer Science degree, preferably at the master's level.

The student must have strong programming skills (Python or Julia, preferably). The student must be interested in Data Analytics, AI, and Optimization.

To apply, please contact:

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Associate Professor
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
585-475-4236

Dr. Michael Zuzak, assistant professor of computer engineering, is hiring MS/Ph.D. students interested in hardware security. If you are highly motivated and interested in working on high-impact research related to side-channel attacks and reverse-engineering-resistant hardware design, please contact Dr. Michael Zuzak.

Candidates with a background in 1) VLSI design; 2) security; or 3) programming are preferred, but not required. Funding is available. 

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In this project, the lubricating ability of new families of Ionic Lubricants will be investigated as neat lubricants and additives to several low viscosity base oils. This project will include the synthesis and characterization of new families of PILs and experimental macro-/nano- characterization of their tribological properties to develop the knowledge necessary for the rationally use of these promising ionic fluids in EVs.

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The RIT Integrated Photonics Group has multiple openings for BS (part-time and co-op)/MS/Ph.D. students to work on integrated photonics research. Current research projects include: 

  • Neuromorphic computing using photonic circuits on a chip
  • Quantum photonic devices/circuits/systems for quantum computing, communication and sensing
  • Bio/chemical sensing (including COVID) on a photonic chip
  • Integrated photonic packaging (optical fiber/laser integration/photonic wire bonding and micro-optics)
  • III-V on Silicon lasers/emitters, modulators, detectors
  • Nonlinear optic devices and circuits (lithium niobate, KTP, Silicon)
  • Integrated photonic education kits and workshops

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Integrated Photonics.

To apply, please contact: 

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Professor
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Graduate Program Director, Microsystems Engineering Ph.D.
585-475-2625

A fully-funded Ph.D. research assistant position is available at the Intelligent Interaction Research Lab (https://sites.google.com/view/iirl/). Successful candidate will conduct research on developing new human-machine interaction technologies for health care.

Requirements:

  1. MS or BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering (medical instrumentation track), or a related field.
  2. Demonstration of previous research experiences (e.g., publications, thesis, tech reports, etc.)
  3. Strong programming skills

Extra credits:

  1. Hands-on hardware experiences (e.g., sensor development)
  2. Robot operation
  3. Human subject experiment

Please send your application materials to Dr. Zhi Zheng at zhzbme@rit.edu:

  1. CV
  2. Transcripts (if you are an MS student, please also send your BS transcript)
  3. Demonstration of previous research experiences
  4. English test scores (if you are international and have not earned a degree in the U.S. or Canada)
  5. GRE scores (if available)
  6. Any other materials that you would like to share.

Thanks for your interest.

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Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
585-475-7755

The Kirmani Group at the School of Chemistry and Materials Science (SCMS) is advancing printable electronics using inorganic semiconductor inks such as metal-halide perovskites, colloidal quantum dots, and metal oxides for terrestrial and space applications.

This Ph.D. position focuses on exploring high-speed scalable coating techniques, including slot-die coating, roll-to-roll coating, and ink-jet printing, for perovskite and metal oxide semiconductor thin films and devices. The candidate will establish ink-process-interface-structure-property relationships by investigating perovskite and metal oxide semiconductor ink chemistry and rheology, coating processes, film interfaces, structure, and device performance. The research will include synchrotron X-ray scattering studies conducted at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) and the National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II). This work aims to establish design rules for high-performance solar cells and transistors using industry-compatible fabrication techniques.

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The Iontronic and Nanoelectronic Lab at RIT are looking for one to two Ph.D./MS students. Current research projects include two-dimensional (2D) materials-based nanoelectronic and iontronic (Ion-controlled electronic) devices, with the focus on understanding ion-electron transport at the molecular level, for application in next-generation energy-efficient electronic devices at the limit of scaling for memory, logic, energy storage, neuromorphic computing, and quantum information science.

To apply, please contact: 

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Assistant Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science
Program Faculty, School of Chemistry and Materials Science
Program Faculty, Microsystems Engineering
585-475-6172

We are currently seeking 1 MS and 1 Ph.D. student to join the LIU Lab (Brown Hall 1127). Our research focus revolves design and synthesis of a wide range of functional nanoporous composites for small gas molecule capture and catalytic transformations via thermal or photo-catalytic pathways for environmental remediation and clean energy fuel generation.  

If you are driven by innovation and eager to be at the forefront of research in this critical field, we warmly welcome you to send your CV to kjlsch@rit.edu.

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Assistant Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science
Program Faculty, Chemical Engineering Department
Program Faculty, PhD Microsystems Engineering
585-475-5075

Dr. Mohapatra is looking for Graduate/Masters/Ph.D. students to aid in the development of theoretical and computational methods to model the assembly of biological structures. Prospective students should have experience (or interest in) conducting simulations of physical phenomena or image processing.

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The Multicore Systems Lab/Integrated Computing and Communications Lab is looking to a Ph.D. student interested in working with hardware security of multicore processors, networks-on-chips and server systems.

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We are looking for one to two Master's and one Ph.D. student to join the Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy lab at RIT. We are interested in developing luminescent nanomaterials especially fluorescent materials for various applications in sensing, imaging, and lighting. We also utilize the single-molecule spectroscopy to characterize the heterogeneous nano-catalysts. Properties in both ensemble and single-molecule levels are investigated. Our goal is to explore new approaches for chemical and biomedical monitoring and chemical processing. 

Please contact:

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Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Program Faculty, School of Chemistry and Materials Science
585-475-6108

Looking for a Masters of Ph.D. student to work on a research project involving the Mathewsh HDL color tool to target algorithms to FPGAs for computer vision applications.

Please contact:

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Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology
College of Engineering Technology
585-475-2073

We have openings for two Ph.D. students beginning in the fall semester. 

The extent to which electronic cigarette users may compensate for lower nicotine eliquids by consuming more product has particular implications on the effectiveness of clinical and regulatory interventions. Decisions to use reduced nicotine products or regulations limiting nicotine concentration in eliquids may not reduce nicotine consumption. In fact, such decisions might result in adverse health effects arising from increased consumption of harmful constituents. This project aims to provide evidence to inform regulatory policy on nicotine content in e-liquids by elucidating how nicotine absorption in the body is jointly affected by e-liquid nicotine concentration and vaping behavior.

We are seeking students interested in conducting human subject research related to the use of electronic cigarette's in the participant's natural environment. We seek one student with interest in learning how to manage an IRB approved human subject observation study including accute and subchronic ambulatory behavior and biomarker monitoring, administration of study enrollment eligibility, laboratory visit appointments, and statistical outcome analysis. We seek one student with interest in Computer Aided Design or ECAD to contribute to rapid development of novel monitors to measure personalized e-cig use of emerging tobacco products.

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The Robotic Collaboration and Autonomy Lab (RoCAL) endeavors to improve the performance and reliability of robotic collaborative environmental perception, motion planning, and robot learning, through probabilistic methods and learning techniques.
The current vacancy in RoCAL is for dynamically tracking deformation and modification in minimally invasive surgeries use computer vision and causal learning methods. These positions require applicants to have a strong research interest in this research problem, experience in pytorch programming, and understanding of pyro and Bayesian networks.

Please contact:

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Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology
College of Engineering Technology
585-475-4184

We are currently seeking two enthusiastic Ph.D. students to join the Safe AI Lab. Our research focus revolves around learning-based control, reinforcement learning, decision-making under uncertainty, and robotics, with a primary emphasis on developing cutting-edge solutions for safety-critical systems.

If you are driven by innovation and eager to be at the forefront of research in this critical field, we warmly welcome you to send your CV to:

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Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

An opportunity on simulation of soft materials is available. The Ph.D. student will have the opportunity to utilize statistical mechanics, advanced sampling techniques, and molecular dynamics simulations to study a structure-property relationships of polymer composites. The ultimate goal is to understand the relationship between polymer architecture, sequence, and topology of the microstructure so that design relationships can be established.

To apply, please contact Poornima Padmanabhan at the Poornima Research Group.

We propose to examine the liquid film coating of novel polymeric materials via both theory and experiment. The research will develop various chemistries, study their properties, and examine how they perform when coated as thin liquid films on the bench scale. The ultimate tests of these materials will be pilot scale roll-to-roll coatings of these materials in facilities housed at RIT. Theoretical work will complement the experimental studies, both in coating and drying processes. There is ample opportunity to publish on various aspects of this work.

Please contact:

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Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Program Faculty, School of Mathematics and Statistics
585-475-4299

Prof. Wuertz-Kozak is looking for a Ph.D. student to join the Tissue Regeneration and Mechanobiology Laboratory. The lab aims to understand the cellular mechanisms underlying specific pathologies, with a focus on inflammation, and to utilize this knowledge for the development of novel treatment options that allow for tissue regeneration and pain reduction.

Requirements:
1.    MS in biomedical engineering, pharmaceutical science, cell biology, or a related field 
2.    Demonstration of previous research experience
3.    Strong skills/experience in cell culture and analysis (e.g. qPCR, ELISA)
4.    Fluent in English (spoken and written)

Note that candidates with a BS that have sufficient research experience will be considered.

Please contact: 

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Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Affiliated Faculty, Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
585-475-7355