Assistant/Associate Professor - Pattern and Impression Evidence

  • Banner Position Number: 002077
  • PositionTitle: Assistant/Associate Professor - Forensic Science M.S. Program
  • Classification Title: Assistant Professor
  • Department: SOM-Forensic Science - MU9335
  • Location: MUSOM - MU School of Medicine
  • Salary: Commensurate with qualifications.

Status: This position is closed.

Job Description:

Tenure track 12 month appointment in Pattern and Impression Evidence. The successful candidate is expected to continue their pursuit of external funding to support research to promote the dissemination of new information and the improvement of the forensic sciences. The position requires a knowledge and/or experience in the following areas analytical techniques, instrumentation, data interpretation, ethics and professional values, court testimony, evidence handling, logic, principles and concepts of forensic science applications, scientific method, method validation, evolution of the disciplines, accepted standards and practices, results and conclusions, process analysis, QA/QC, report writing, case management, and knowledge of instrumentation and techniques as they relate to forensic science and/or pattern and impression analysis. The successful candidate is expected to teach courses in the area of pattern and impression evidence with proper alignment to the program’s mission, goals, and objectives and accreditation standards. Research in the area of pattern and impression analysis is preferred. The successful candidate will teach or have oversight authority in select courses, assist in developing curricula, advise and mentor students, as well as serve on university and program-related committees. Membership in regional and national forensic science organizations is encouraged. The successful candidate will participate in teaching, research, and community service in a manner that effectively reflects the university’s as well as the program;s mission, goals, and objectives. More specifically, the successful candidate will teach some or all components of the following courses: FSC 612 Comparative Sciences (Fall semester, 2 credit hrs); FSC 680 Seminar (Fall semester, 1 credit hr); FSC 640 Firearms and Toolmarks (Fall semester, 1 credit hr); FSC 618 Comparative Sciences (Spring semester, 2 credit hrs); FSC 642 Firearms and Toolmarks (Spring semester, 1 credit hr); FSC 630 Internship (Summer semester, 5 credit hrs). In addition, the successful candidate will assist in advising graduate students enrolled in the crime scene emphasis, oversee their internships and research, whether in the lab or away, and review research papers and research projects, oral and poster presentations.

Requried Qualifications:

Pattern and impression evidence includes physical evidence produced when one object comes into contact with another object, such as firearms and tool marks, fingerprints, questioned documents, shoe prints, and tire tracks. The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in physical science or other graduate degree appropriate for the field of forensic pattern and impression analysis. The successful candidate will have a strong research record including publications, grant writing and submissions, as well as a record of extramural-funding of research activities or potential for such awards and activities. The successful candidate will have work and/or teaching experience in the areas of forensic pattern and impression analysis. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong teaching skills and ability to inspire student learning; will model and mentor professional ethics and values; will demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in education, display strong leadership skills, interpersonal skills, as well as oral and written communications skills. A minimum of 2 years of teaching at an accredited institution of higher learning is required. Teaching experience in a FEPAC-accredited program is preferred. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable in quality control and quality assurance applications including ISO 17020 guidelines, national certification of personnel, non-compliant data, documentation evaluation, validation and verification, linearity, limits of detection, limits of quantitation, limits if reporting, controls and calibrators, measurement of uncertainty, traceability, corrective and preventive actions, proficiency testing, confidence interval/confidence limits, sample plans and selection, as these quality assurance measures apply to the scientific validation of methods in the area of pattern and impression evidence.

Required is a knowledge of pattern and impression evidence terminology, principles and analytical techniques used in the analysis of pattern and impression evidence as it applies to the crime scene and the forensic laboratory; knowledge of the correct procedures for providing expert testimony in court; knowledge of the procedures for packaging, handling, and preserving evidence; knowledge of what constitutes pattern and impression evidence; knowledge of the scientific method and its application to research in this area; skill in the use of scientific equipment and software; skill in calibrating and maintaining field and laboratory equipment; ability to conduct forensic science research to attract extramural funding.

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants with a degree in forensic science and work experience in a forensic science laboratory are preferred.

Posting Number: MU0187F

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary: Candidates must have official undergraduate and graduate transcripts mailed directly from the degree-granting institutions prior to a scheduled on-campus interview. Official transcripts should be sent to:

Applicant Documents:

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • List of Three References w/contact information.
  • Statement of Research Focus