Instructor - Forensic Chemistry

  • Search Number: 12802
  • Position Title: Instructor-Forensic Chemistry
  • Location: Forensic Science Program/MUSOM
  • Position Type: Full-time, temporary until June 30, 2013
  • Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Status: This position is closed.


The successful candidate will preferably possess a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry or other doctoral degree appropriate for the field of forensic chemistry although masters will be considered as well. Applicants with degree(s) in forensic science and work experience in a forensic science laboratory are preferred. The successful candidate shall have work and/or teaching experience in Forensic Chemistry including knowledge and/or experience in forensic analytical chemistry, chemical analysis or trace evidence, toxicology, fire debris analysis, forensic drug analysis/controlled substances or related areas. The successful candidate will display strong teaching skills and the ability to inspire student learning; will model and mentor professional ethics and values; will demonstrate strong commitment to excellence in education; display strong leadership skills, interpersonal skills, as well as oral and written communication skills. Knowledge and appreciation for teaching in an accredited environment is essential. Teaching experience in a FEPAC-accredited program is preferred.


Along with the primary course instructor, the successful candidate will design and implement a plan which seeks to ensure a smooth transition upon the retirement of the primary course instructor in May, 2013. This individual will formally shadow while process mapping the Forensic Chemistry component(s) of the M.S. Forensic Science Program. These duties may include instruction, committee service, grant writing, review of research and course-assigned papers, formal presentation slides, posters, lab reports, and literature review. The position requires a knowledge and/or experience in analytical techniques, instrumentation, data interpretation, ethics and professional values, court testimony, evidence handling, logic, principles and concepts or forensic science application, scientific method, method validation, evolution of the discipline, accepted standards and practices, results and conclusions, process analysis, QA/QC, report writing, case management, and knowledge of instrumentation to include elemental analysis, spectrometry, and chromatography, all as they relate to forensic science and/or forensic chemistry. The successful candidate shall shadow and assist in teaching courses in the forensic chemistry curriculum while ensuring their applicability to the program's mission, goals, and objectives.

Application Procedure:

Send cover letter, current curriculum vitae, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, selected electronic reprints, and copies of official transcripts (official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be received directly from the degree-granting institution prior to campus interview). Applicants must also request three letters of recommendation on formal letterhead, signed, and dated to be sent directly to Dr. Pamela State, or 304.690.4371 (fax). Please assemble all documents, except letters of recommendation, into a single pdf file when emailing.

  • Deadline for applications: Position is open until filled.
  • Date Published: 03/02/2012
  • Background Check Required: YES