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.

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Staff Positions

Director NYS Pollution Prevention Institute (8392BR)
The Director leads and directs the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), a statewide technology development, transfer and assistance center whose mission is to make New York State more environmentally sustainable for businesses, workers and the public through more efficient use of raw materials, energy and water and reductions in toxic chemical use, emissions to the environment and waste generation. NYSP2I is an integrated program of several major elements: direct technical assistance to industry and organizations; research, development and diffusion; outreach and education; a community grants program; and support of New York State's Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, climate action plan and other initiatives. NYSP2I is lead by Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) and is a partnership among RIT, Clarkson University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University at Binghamton and Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the New York State Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The primary source of funding for NYSP2I is provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) through the Environmental Protection Fund as a dedicated line item. The Director will lead the Institute and manage a team or professionals at RIT.

Assistant Director for Business Development (8357BR)
The Assistant Director for Business Development will provide a broad range of communications, marketing, and external relationship development and support to RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) applied research center. This individual will report to the GIS Director and will work closely with existing GIS sponsors, as well as potential new sponsors in an effort to cultivate and develop successful long-term partnerships in support of GIS research. Please note: the ability to travel within and outside of NYS will be required.

Senior Environmental Engineer (8371BR)
The NYS Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology is seeking a Senior Environmental Engineer to lead the NYS Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP). This position will help eligible small businesses in their efforts to comply with state and federal regulations by providing information and guidance regarding applicable air emissions regulations as well as source identification and quantification of air contaminants emitted by their facility. Reporting to the NYSP2I Director and working with the NYSP2I team, the Senior Environmental Engineer will provide expertise in state and federal air emissions regulations and how the regulations apply to each facility and business.

Senior Pollution Prevention Engineer (8250BR)
The NYS Pollution Prevention Institute (NYS P2I) is seeking a Senior Pollution Prevention (P2) Engineer. The Senior Pollution Prevention 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 & outreach efforts.

Senior Staff Assistant (8759BR)
The NYS Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability is seeking a Senior Staff Assistant. Reporting to the NYSP2I Director, the Senior Staff Assistant provides administrative support for NYSP2I team of approximately 16 professional staff. The NYSP2I Senior Staff Assistant may also provide backup administrative support for other programs within the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, as needed.

Senior Materials Engineer (8796BR)
Golisano Institute for Sustainability is looking for an engineer or scientist with strong leadership skills, experimental and analytical materials background, and a passion for solving real-world problems. In our environment, researchers work on a wide variety of products and technologies, work with undergraduate and graduate students, and are engaged in collaborative research with leading companies on projects in diverse project areas such as: advanced manufacturing and remanufacturing, recycling, energy generation and storage systems, materials development and analysis, and sustainability and sustainable design.

Mechanical Engineer (8837BR)
We are 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. As a Mechanical Engineer at GIS you may be involved in: direct interaction with clean technology startup companies to review designs and assist with product development efforts, design of cost-effective and reliable products and/or processes, application of computer aided design and analysis tools, execution of test programs for product/component reliability and performance, and development of robotics and automation solutions. You should be equally comfortable with a hands on development role (prototype development and testing) and with model-based engineering tools, such as SolidWorks. GIS will also support your pursuit of a master's degree..

Senior Analyst Golisano Institute for Sustainability (8858BR)
Responsible for tracking and monitoring financial transactions for sponsored projects and operating departments for the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), ensuring compliance with sponsor guidelines and University policies/procedures, as well as the preparation of financial reports and NYS financial vouchers, including project forecasting, to enhance management decision making and fulfill sponsor requirements. The major responsibilities will be accomplished through extensive interaction with the GIS Associate Director (AD) of Administration who will provide primary day-to-day direction for financial activities.

Data Science Engineer (8885BR)
GIS conducts applied research in the area of sustainable manufacturing, and also provides technical assistance in a wide variety of areas to industry. We are looking for an engineer or scientist with a strong experimental and analytical background to support existing research programs in prognostics and health management (PHM), and data analytics.

Faculty Positions

Assistant Professor of Sustainability, Tenure Track Faculty (8265BR)
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Sustainability. The successful applicant will have demonstrated research experience and the potential to become a leading expert in sustainability research that is distinct from but complementary to research by our current faculty. Particular emphasis will be placed on research in the fields of circular economy, sustainable manufacturing, recycling/material recovery, sustainable business, food systems/organic waste, environmental/sustainability policy, social and behavioral aspects of sustainability, and applied data science for sustainability.