Careers at GIS

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Meet the needs of a fast-growing world with us.

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is a leading sustainability research and education organization at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Our institute is focused on finding novel ways to translate interdisciplinary research and education into the ideas, technologies, and connections that are helping decision-makers to meet the world’s growing needs.

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Help the world move forward on sustainability with us.

Our six industry-facing applied research centers focus on sustainable manufacturing, energy, transportation, and buildings. Each year, more than 100 companies, government agencies, and other organizations engage GIS’s research centers to put technology and innovation to work for a sustainable future.

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Solve for sustainability with us.

Simple, easy answers don’t work when it comes to solving challenges like climate change or the energy transition. That’s why we are systems-level thinkers. Our goal at every step is to find sustainable and profitable pathways that allow more people to live better lives without exhausting the finite resources of our planet.

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Get things done with us.

We are innovative problem-solvers and doers. Behind our work are some of today’s brightest minds in sustainable development. Our industry-seasoned engineers, technicians, and researchers work hand-in-hand with the institute’s internationally renowned academic faculty to advance the ideas and technologies shaping what sustainability will look like tomorrow.

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Work—and grow—with us.

We are the perfect fit for professionals from across industry and academia in search of a uniquely dynamic, hands-on working environment that is driven at every level by problem-solving. Our faculty, researchers, and staff value the many opportunities to contribute their talents and hone their skills that our growing, project-based organization offers.

Staff Positions

Director NYS Pollution Prevention Institute (7379BR)
The Director will lead and support development strategies and plans for NYSP2I, and provide and promote high standards of professionalism, integrity and leadership. Evaluates proposed projects to ensure alignment with NYSP2I priorities and goals and leads development and execution of new research programs with industry and government sponsors in beyond NYS DEC in collaboration with the Associate Director and research staff.

Senior Program Administrator (7661BR)
The Senior Program Administrator is responsible for grant and contract management as well as project management support for the Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing (COE-ASM) and Industry 4.0 Transition Assistance Program of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Working with the GIS technical director, this position collaborates on strategic planning for COE-ASM and development of the annual work plan and commercialization plan. The Senior Program Administrator works closely with program managers, supporting program-level planning and goal setting, and reports to the GIS technical director on program progress toward achieving overall goals. In addition, with support from the RIT/GIS administrative, sponsored research, and finance teams, the Senior Program Administrator is responsible for executing program business operations in accordance with contract requirements and RIT policies and procedures. To support continued growth, this position also identifies new funding opportunities in alignment with GIS research thrusts, facilitates and guides staff on the development and preparation of sponsored research proposals, and contributes to writing sections of these proposals.

Administrative Assistant II (7610BR)
The Administrative Assistant II is responsible for all administrative support for the Director, providing on-campus staffing of the GIS main office, planning events, meetings and creating agendas.

PC Systems Administrator (7653BR)
This position will provide systems administration, lab management, desktop support, server support and specialized lab equipment integration with computers for data collection and experimentation for the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. This position will provide systems administration, lab management, desktop support, server support and specialized lab equipment integration with computers for data collection and experimentation for the Golisano Institute for Sustainability.

Graduate Recruitment & Marketing Manager GIS (6598BR)
The Graduate Recruitment and Marketing Manager is responsible for providing leadership for GIS in the development of recruitment strategies that will increase the number of enrolled graduate students. This position will lead all facets of GIS –level prospective student recruiting, marketing strategies, initiatives, programs and events.

Director, Recycling Research Program (7660BR)
This position will be responsible for the growth, management, and operation of the Recycling Research program at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT. Initially this position will leverage resources from GIS staff, but the position will also include direct management of staff over time as the program grows. This position will be responsible for the financial viability of the recycling research program.

Associate Director, NYSP2I (6933BR)
The Associate Director will oversee the Institute’s technical research portfolio; develop and execute a strategic plan and impact goals for the Institute’s technical program to address NYS environmental priorities; develop annual work plan toward the strategic goals; track progress. In consultation with the NYS sponsor and NYSP2I director, lead the technical direction of the Institute based on an assessment of current and expected environmental challenges and their relative impact; oversee the focus area specialist team.

Senior Advanced Manufacturing Engineer (6812BR)
The Senior Advanced Manufacturing Engineer will provide industry experience and technology know-how, supporting applied research activities and helping companies improve their competitiveness and profitability through advanced manufacturing, IoT, AR, robotics, and other Industry 4.0 concepts and technologies. This position will participate in, and lead, scoping and management of advanced manufacturing projects with companies, and will actively lead technology development efforts in advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 concepts.

Senior Research Specialist, Green Chemistry (7036BR)
The Senior Research Specialist will conduct research on identified focus areas such as PFAS in food packaging and flame retardants in furniture, and provide recommendations on appropriate compliance thresholds, acceptable test methods, etc. The senior researcher will also be seeking funding from state and national entities to enhance staff and faculty capabilities and expand the NYSP2I green chemistry program.

Senior Staff Specialist - GIS Architecture (7054BR)
The Senior Staff Specialist understands and monitors all parts on the online track within the Master of Architecture program, processes and systems with focus on overall operations and management. Maintains coordinating aspects of the department of architecture and 2U relationship.

Senior Staff Assistant - GIS Architecture (7690BR)
The Senior Staff Assistant provides high-level administrative support for the department’s ongoing initiatives and programming related to the day-to-day operations of our Online track. This position reports directly to the Head of the Department of Architecture of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS). The position will work closely with the Masters of Architecture Online Track Manager, faculty, student support group, and operational staff. The M.Arch Online Senior Staff Assistant Provides on-campus staffing of the department on a daily basis (8am – 5pm) with consistent and dependable coverage to include coordinating meetings, and greeting students and faculty during normal working hours

Senior Pollution Prevention Engineer (7392BR)
The Senior P2 Engineer will contribute to all aspects of the NYSP2I program and will be primarily responsible for providing P2 technical assistance to industry and other identified sectors, working with manufacturers throughout the supply chain, conducting research, and facilitating technology transfer of P2 technologies through workshops and outreach efforts.

Lead Researcher – Sustainability & Environmental Systems  (7385BR)
The Lead Researcher will develop and lead the GIS Applied Research Center Sustainability & Environmental Systems research program. Develop analysis and impacts tools, deliver workshops and create content for outreach and education materials.

Senior Manufacturing Software Developer & Integration Specialist (7411BR)
The Senior Manufacturing Software Developer & Integration Specialist will coordinate, lead and execute digital manufacturing readiness assessments and lead and support development of project proposals and manage projects.

Pollution Prevention Engineer (7417BR) 
The Pollution Prevention Engineer will provide hands-on direct assistance to a broad array of NYS companies. Provide technical assistance /project management/ research, write case studies, workshops and professional training.

Senior Staff Assistant (7432BR)
The Senior Staff Assistant will provide administrative support to all CIMS employees. Coordinate all travel, disseminate miscellaneous CIMS staff information to as needed, provide backup to other admins during absences, and coordinate special events as needed.

Senior Mechanical Engineer, Product Design (7537BR)
The Senior Mechanical Engineer will participate as a key technical resource on the mechanical design and reman team for GIS’ design for remanufacturing software plug-in for CAD development project. Have hands-on experience with computer aided design, and a passion for sustainability.

Mechanical Engineer (7620BR)
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability is looking for an enthusiastic engineer with a strong background in computer-aided design, a passion for sustainability, an understanding of new product development and hands-on experience with testing and validation to support existing research programs and to develop new initiatives. In our environment, researchers work on a wide variety of different types of products and technologies, work with undergraduate and graduate students and are engaged in collaborative research with leading companies.

Faculty Positions

There are currently no faculty openings.