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Science Faculty Expansion Initiative

(Updated 3/6/13)

The School of Science has a rich history of graduating highly influential and impactful scientists, researchers, scholars, and engineers.

In 2011, President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph. D. appointed Dr. Laurie Leshin, former senior executive and scientist at NASA, to lead the School of Science in significant growth that will solidify Rensselaer’s reputation for excellence in scientific education and research, and to propel the School of Science forward in critical areas of national importance, need, and opportunity.

To achieve this historic growth, Dean Leshin is pleased to invite applications for faculty openings at all levels. Recruitment for this bold faculty expansion initiative in the School of Science is now underway, and faculty in Science Themes identified as strategic priorities and opportunities for the School and the broader Institute are needed immediately.

Candidates for all levels, including tenure-track Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and full Professor with tenure, are needed in areas that support the Science Themes as described below. Extraordinary candidates with highly visible, international reputations may be considered for appointment to a variety of endowed chair appointments.

We encourage frequent visits to this page, as new information and additional postings will be added as they become available.

Individuals wishing to be considered for one of these opportunities must follow the position specific application instructions found within each posting.

Origins & Fundamentals of Life & Matter

Water, Energy & Sustainability

  • D. Darrin Chair, water (Biology or Earth & Environmental Science)
  • Director of the Baruch Center for Biochemical Solar Energy (Chemistry & Chemical Biology)
  • Margaret A. Darrin Distinguished Chair in Applied Mathematics (Mathematical Sciences)
  • Environmental geophysics (Earth & Environmental Science)
  • Environmental informatics/simulation (Earth & Environmental Science)

Network & Data Science, Security & Visualization

Biomedical Science & Applications

Materials at the Nanoscale

Modeling, Analysis & Simulation

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Curt M. Breneman

Dean of Science (Acting)
(518) 276-6305
For speaking/appointment requests, please contact Bonnie Carson carsob@rpi.edu
(518) 276-6305
David L. Spooner
Associate Dean of Science for Academic Affairs
(518) 276-6305
Wilfredo Colón
Associate Dean of Science for Graduate Education
(518) 276-6305

and Programs

Biological Sciences

and Chemical Biology

Computer Science

Earth and
Environmental Sciences

Information Technology
and Web Science

Mathematical Sciences

Physics, Applied Physics,
and Astronomy


Research Centers

Center for Biochemical Solar Energy Research

Center for Terahertz Research

Data Science Research Center

Inverse Problems Center

Darrin Fresh Water Institute

New York Center for Astrobiology

Rensselaer Exploratory Center for Cheminformatics Research

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