Assistant Professor - Chemistry & Physics

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, US

Responsibilities

Western Carolina University (WCU), a regional comprehensive university of the University of North Carolina System, located in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina about an hour west of Asheville, is seeking applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Forensic Science Program, to start August 1, 2023.

The Forensic Science Program at WCU is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program, offering concentrations in Forensic Biology and Forensic Chemistry. While housed in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, the program is also supported by the Department of Biology. The Forensic Science Program is located in a recently constructed state-of-the-art science building. Facilities include the Chemical and Trace Analysis Lab, access to over 25 scientific instruments in the areas of Atomic Spectroscopy, Molecular Spectroscopy, Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry, Electrochemistry, and Materials Characterization, including a Thermo Fisher Apreo 2 SEM, an Agilent 7890A Gas Chromatograph with Mass Spectrometer, and a Bruker Invenio FT-IR coupled with Hyperion microscope.

The Forensic Science Program also houses the Comprehensive Genomics Laboratory with dedicated forensic and ancient DNA laboratories. For a complete list, please visit our Instrumentation page on the Department of Chemistry and Physics website.

The successful applicant is expected to teach a 3-3 load within the forensic science curriculum. These courses may include Physical Methods in Forensic Science, Forensic Chemistry, Advanced Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Microscopy, Survey of Forensic Science, Forensic Science Capstone, or a course in the candidate’s specialty. A preference will be given to those applicants with a background in forensic chemistry who will enhance our curriculum and research program. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to excellence in teaching and who are dedicated to serving as mentors and advisors, while actively maintaining a research program that engages undergraduate students within the Forensic Science Program and Master’s level graduate students in the Chemistry program.

The individual will support the ongoing development of the Forensic Science Program by contributing to curriculum development, student advising, etc. All faculty are expected to engage in program, college, and university-level activities and service.

Qualifications

Candidates must have a PhD in forensic science, chemistry, biochemistry, natural science, or a closely related discipline. The successful candidate will have experience in forensic chemistry, toxicology, data science/computer science, crime scene investigation, latent print analysis, firearms analysis, trace analysis, or another forensic discipline which will contribute to our forensic chemistry curriculum and research program. Preference will be given to candidates with significant professional experience in the field of forensic science, the ability to engage students in and out of the classroom, and an interest in working in a regional comprehensive university and with students from underrepresented groups.

Preference will be given to candidates with significant professional experience in the field of forensic science, the ability to engage students in and out of the classroom, and an interest in working in a regional comprehensive university and with students from underrepresented groups.
 

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

How to apply

Materials that should be submitted include a 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vita; 3) statement of teaching philosophy; 4) statement of research goals; 5) a statement describing your past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, professional activity, and/or service, 6) a list of three academic references; and 7) unofficial transcripts. Review of applications will begin on or about October 15, 2022 and will continue until a candidate has been identified.

Western Carolina University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected status. In addition, Western Carolina University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Frankie West at flwest@wcu.edu.

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