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Binghamton University Research Assistant Professor - FRI Environmental Visualization in Binghamton, New York

Research Assistant Professor - FRI Environmental Visualization



Department:First-year Research Immersion

Locations:Binghamton, NY

Posted:Mar 3, 2023

Closes:Open Until Filled


Ref. No.:1178

Position ID:159642


About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

The First-year Research Immersion (FRI) program at Binghamton University invites applications for a full time Research Assistant Professor (also known as the Research Educator) position, to begin August 2023. This is a unique 10-month non-tenure track faculty position that directly combines teaching and research, with additional extra service opportunities available in summer. This position isfor the Environmental Visualization research stream (open to Ph.D.'s with a geospatial, geophysical, and remote sensing background on research in one or more fields in the broad discipline of Earth and Environmental Sciences).

FRI Environmental Visualization is a program in which a Research Educator guides first-year and second-year students in innovative research that advances the field. The Research Educator shapes the research theme. For example, past FRI cohort research projects in this research stream have employed remote sensing techniques to focus on monitoring harmful algal blooms, detection of landmines and unexploded ordnances, tick and Lyme disease modeling and more. This position will entail guiding student cohorts (30 per cohort) through authentic research experiences and, in doing so, will help students develop the professional skills desired by graduate schools and employers. Within that process and working with faculty stream collaborators, the Research Educator maintains and/or expands their own research program. Faculty stream collaborators include Carl Lipo, Alex Nikulin and Jeffrey Pietras. More detail about the FRI program is available at our web

The Research Educator reports to the FRI Director and works closely with the faculty collaborators of this research stream. Overall, FRI provides an excellent education and research training program for new PhDs and, thus, is an exceptional transition that positions the Research Educator for a wider array of future STEM positions (from full range of higher education institutions to STEM education research). There are also opportunities for continuation in the FRI program with expanded roles and responsibilities overtime. Most FRI research assistant professors have stayed in the role for 2-3 years or more.


Teaching & Mentorship

  • Serve as instructor for stream FRI courses

  • Continually develop, maintain and revise stream curriculum

  • Supervise, train & manage undergraduate peer mentors (UGPMs)


  • Maintain research lab & budget

  • Perform research in conjunction with stream students

  • Collaborate with faculty and relevant collaborators on research projects

  • Disseminate results


  • Participate in FRI program events & committees as needed

  • Support students in continuing efforts and activities post-FRI program experience


  • Attend and actively participate in FRI faculty/staff meetings

  • Facilitate formative and summative assessments of the research stream and FRI students

Professional Development

  • Actively participate in research and educational professional development activities


Strong candidates must have:

  • Graduate degree in a discipline that matches the research stream goals

  • Advanced experimental design and technical skills that align with the research stream goals

  • Minimum of two years of teaching experience in higher education (can be as a teaching assistant)

  • Ability to train undergraduate researchers and evaluate their work

  • Ability to train, evaluate and supervise undergraduate peer mentor assistants

  • Ability to manage a research laboratory

  • Effective communication skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Google apps and video conferencing software, with the ability and willingness to learn new technology as it evolves

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and timelines simultaneously with a high degree of organization, accuracy and efficiency

  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively

  • Strong professional and organizational skills

  • Ability to problem solve, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks

  • Ability to analyze and organize information and materials for a variety of research projects

Additional Information:

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by title IX and its implementing regulations, Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be foundhere ( .

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus effective August 1, 2017.

Application Instructions:

Please submit as separate documents:

  • Cover letter (1 page maximum) telling us why you are interested in the position, why you feel you are qualified, and your contact information

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Contact information for three references, who will be contacted by the search committee following an initial review of applicants via

  • Your philosophy of teaching undergraduates how to conduct research (250-500 words)

Review of applications begins March 30, 2023 and continues until the position is filled. Electronic applications are required; please submit your application materials to: Interview Exchange via Note that visa sponsorship is unavailable for this position.

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