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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Energy, Environment and Smart Systems Researchers (2023-24) in Troy, New York

Energy, Environment and Smart Systems Researchers (2023-24)

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Work type: Full Time, Part Time, Seasonal or Temporary

Location: Troy, NY

Categories: Staff, Research: Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems, Researchers and Research Support

Who we are

Why Rensselaer? Our dynamic global community of changemakers includes some of the world’s leading researchers, students, alumni, and faculty who ask the important questions and devise the scientific and technological innovations that make the world a better place for all of humanity. Nestled on a beautiful 275-acre campus in upstate NY, Rensselaer is home to five schools, 32 research centers, three makerspaces, an observatory, and one of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

Over the past decade, the research portfolio at Rensselaer has been completely transformed. As a top-tier technological research university, Rensselaer has invested in strategic partnerships, talented researchers, and sophisticated research platforms to address the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century.

Today, the Rensselaer research enterprise comprises $104 million in annual research expenditures, supports a diverse range of research centers and platforms ( , and ensures the advancement of interdisciplinary research in five key areas:

  • Biotechnology and the Life Sciences (

  • Computational Science and Engineering

  • Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems (

  • Media, Arts, Science, and Technology

  • Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (

The Office for Research collaborates with important external partners in the federal and state government, foundations and in industry to expand the impact our work and to support our world-class researchers as they improve lives, advance society, and change the world.

The mission of the Office for Research is to drive and support the Research Enterprise, increase Rensselaer impact and visibility, and communicate to the national and international community that Rensselaer researchers are defining the frontiers of discovery and innovation.

Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, # astronauts, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration. To learn more, please visit

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Job Summary

Some of the areas that may be hiring researchers and research support positions in the Energy, Environment and Smart Systems area include:








Note: The availability of positions is dependent on the availability of sponsored funding. Not all areas will have all positions, and some areas may be fully staffed.


Postdoctoral Research Associate positions require that the candidate have finished all requirements for their PhD at the beginning of their appointment.

Additional opportunities as a Research Associate or Research Scientist exist for those with a relevant advanced degree, publication record, and/or significant additional years of paid professional experience in a related position. Individuals who possess these qualifications and who have the potential to, or a demonstrated track record of being able to build collaborative external partnerships are especially desirable.

Positions on the Research Specialist track require a relevant bachelor's degree or higher.

For research support positions, candidates must possess an associate's degree or relevant combination of experience, education and training.

Pay transparency data:

Pay transparency disclosure: The actual salary/wage that is provided to selected candidates will be determined based on factors that include the available budget, internal equity, and the needs of the department, and the final candidate’s qualifications, experience, education, and other job-related credentials. The following hiring ranges are provided as Rensselaer’s good faith estimate of the expected hiring range at the time of posting.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate: $55,500 - $60,000

  • Research Associate: $60,000 - $64,000

  • Research Scientist: $66,000 - $95,000

  • Sr. Research Scientist: $80,000 - $138,000

  • Research Specialist $18.00 - $25.00

  • Sr. Research Specialist $55,500 - $60,000

  • Research Engineer: $66,000 - $86,000

  • Sr. Research Engineer: $87,000 – $95,000

  • Research Assistant: $15.00-20.00

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Job Posted Date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Culture of Safety at Rensselaer

Rensselaer is committed to providing a safe and healthy living, learning, and working environment for its faculty, staff, and students. As such, we strongly recommend that faculty, staff and students obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and remain current with available boosters to protect themselves, as well as to protect vulnerable members of the community.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.

Advertised: 22 Sep 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 30 Jun 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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