The Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Endowed Chaired and Tenured Full Professorship in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE in Troy, NY, announces a planned multi-year expansion of its faculty and mission.

As part of this expansion, we seek applications for a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering with the Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Endowed Chaired Professorship.  The successful candidate is expected to have a demonstrated outstanding record of scholarship, educational leadership, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and have attained national and international visibility. Area of research is open and applicants with cross-cutting research interests are especially encouraged to apply, as are those whose work is helping to redefine the boundaries of the field of Industrial and Systems Engineering by bringing new ideas and making structural changes to create a more diverse and inclusive discipline.  The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with researchers in many vibrant centers and participate in new initiatives focused on Institute priorities in Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Computing, and Energy, the Built Environment, and Smart Systems, and Personalized Medicine.  The successful candidate will also have unique opportunities to bring their research to bear in developing innovative educational offerings for our students.

Applicants must demonstrate qualifications for the rank of tenured Full Professor including an earned Ph.D. (or foreign degree equivalent) in Industrial and Systems Engineering or in a closely aligned field.

The ISE Department ( offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. ISE at Rensselaer has a rich history of addressing important societal challenges since 1933. The ISE Department has been highly interdisciplinary, with faculty employing methods from optimization, mathematics, statistics, cognitive science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to model, analyze, and solve complex decision-making problems in highly networked natural and social systems, with applications to critical infrastructure, homeland security, on-demand supply chains, and team performance. This work has been supported by numerous federal, state, and foundation awards. The ISE curricula draw directly on cutting-edge research results and pedagogical innovations, and benefit from ongoing collaborations with other Rensselaer departments, most recently in the department’s new institute-wide minor in Data Science and Engineering. The ISE department graduated a total of 54 bachelors and 14 graduate (Masters + PhD) students in 2021 and has growing enrollments.  ISE alums are leading organizations in health care, finance, manufacturing, logistics, entertainment, defense, transportation, and consulting.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America’s first technological research university. Rensselaer faculty and alumni represent members of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Inventors, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame, as well as National Medal of Technology winners, National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With 7,000 students and 110,000+ living alumni, Rensselaer is addressing the global challenges facing the 21st century—to change lives, to advance society, and to change the world.

Application instructions: Application instructions: submit the following materials via Rensselaer's online hiring portal (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a research statement which also addresses anticipated future research plans; (3) a statement of teaching activities and interests and student mentoring; (4) a statement of diversity that addresses past experiences and activities, and future plans to advance diversity and inclusion; (5) contact information for a minimum of three professional references.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Any questions about the position should be addressed to the search committee and sent to the department (

We welcome candidates who 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.