Associate Research Scientist

Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York 14623
  • Job Type

Associate Research Scientist
College of Science
COS Center for Imaging Science

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Employment Category: Fulltime
Staff Job Function: Wage Band:

Department/College Description

Detailed Job Description
The Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing (DIRS) Laboratory in the Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is seeking candidates to fill the role of Research Scientist in Remote Sensing. Suitable candidates will potentially support multiple research projects within the Laboratory and work closely with students, staff, and sponsors to achieve high-quality research outcomes. The candidate will: assist in preparation and authoring of reports, papers, presentations, new proposals, etc., collaborating on some, and present papers at technical meetings. Strong candidates will have a background in algorithm development and assessment, RF signal propagation, design and collection, SAR image formation, moving target indication (MTI), advanced signal and image processing algorithms, and simulation and modeling to support the responsibilities listed below.

The ideal candidate for this position would: (a) have knowledge of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Radio Frequency (RF) signal processing, experience in design and implementation of SAR algorithms and signal processing and strong mathematical skills, including prior experience in one or more common programming languages such as Python, C++, MATLAB, and ENVI / IDL; (b) have a solid background in remote sensing, understand active imaging (RADAR/SAR) and the unique issues encountered from sUAS and satellite platforms; (c) be adept at the collection and management of image data; and (d) be able to develop sound experimental designs and collection campaigns
pertaining to SAR sUAS. Candidate will provide leadership for and support to DIRS programs focused on the development and application of active remote sensing (primarily SAR) and geospatial analysis to solve challenging research problems in sponsored research programs.


  • Familiarity with algorithm development as applied to SAR image formation, products and exploitation.
  • Experience with analysis and processing of SAR remote sensing data using software tools such as ENVI+IDL, Python, and MATLAB.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of MATLAB, Python or other programming languages (e.g., C, C++,C#, Java).
  • Ability and willingness to conduct remote sensing experiments in a field environment.
  • Ability and willingness to obtain an FAA certification as a drone pilot is desirable.


  • A record of refereed scholarly publication in physics, mathematics, engineering, or applications related to remote sensing systems and data analysis

Required Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of directly related research/engineering experience is required.

The successful applicant must be a U.S. Person as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or have the ability to obtain the appropriate license to comply with the US Export Control Laws.”

The ITAR does not impose requirements on U.S. companies concerning the recruitment, selection, employment, promotion, or retention of a foreign person. Instead, the ITAR requires that employers obtain export licenses for non-U.S. person employees if their positions require access to information governed by the ITAR.


  • Master’s or PhD strongly preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

Required Application Documents

How to Apply
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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

As a member of the RIT community employees receive a well-balanced benefits package that offers a variety of choices and access to additional employment advantages. These benefits, combined with an employee’s pay, provide a total compensation package that can be tailored to meet your needs. More on RIT’s Benefits, Health & Wellness program can be found at:

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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