Assistant Professor of Criminalistics

California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, US


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community. These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned MS degree in Forensic Science, Forensic Biology, or another closely related biological science discipline from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required at the time of application.
  • A minimum of five years of casework experience as a forensic DNA analyst. An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Forensic Science, Forensic Biology or another closely related discipline can substitute for the five years of experience.
  • Evidence of successful teaching and/or training experience, particularly in forensic biology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Forensic Science, Forensic Biology, or another closely related biological science discipline from an accredited institution (or equivalent). Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) will be considered). For appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (8/17/2023).
  • Professional experience that includes court qualification as a forensic science practitioner, particularly in the disciplines of forensic biology and crime scene investigation.
  • Evidence of successful research supervision experience.
  • Evidence of publications in peer-reviewed scholarly journals.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience

How to apply

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the Apply link listed below:

  1. a cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
  2. a narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of students who are among the firstgeneration of their family to attend a college or university.
  3. a curriculum vitae.

Finalists will be required to submit official transcripts.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.