Jannick Rolland joined the University of Rochester in 2009 and was established as the Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering in spring 2009. She founded and serves as director (2013-present) of the NSF I/UCRC Center for Freeform Optics that has grown to over $1.3M in funding annual with (as of August 2019) the partnership of 25 corporate and government labs combined. Rolland is also the director (2012-present) of the R.E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design and Engineering that focuses on the education for undergraduate students and also supports graduate research.

Jannick currently holds joint appointments in the Center for Visual Science (CVS) and the Department of Biomedical of Engineering (BME). Professor Rolland served 2011-2015 as an invited Professor at the Institute of Optics in Paris, France where she helped from 2011-2013 launch a satellite optics institute in Bordeaux France with a focus area on Optics and Numerics. Since 2012, she started a research collaboration with one of the other satellite laboratories of the French Institute of Optics in Saint Etienne, France in the area of Optical Coherence Tomography for Corneal Imaging with key collaborations over the University of Rochester Medical Center. Rolland served as Faculty member at CREOL at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where she served as Assistant Professor (1996-2001), Associate Professor (2001-2008), and Full Professor (2008).