Assistant Professor, Forensic Biochemistry

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, US


The Department of Chemistry and National Center for Forensic Science (NCFS) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) are seeking applicants for a 9-month, tenure-earning assistant professor position specializing in forensic biochemistry, to begin in the spring of 2023. This position will be jointly hired by the Department of Chemistry and NCFS, with Chemistry as the tenure home department.

The successful candidate will contribute to teaching in the undergraduate and graduate Forensic Science curriculum and will be expected to develop an externally funded, nationally competitive forensic science research program with specialization in biological evidence. Research areas of interest may include DNA source attribution, application of advanced DNA/RNA methods to aid sexual assault investigations, DNA mixture deconvolution, single cell forensic genomics, phenotypic prediction, and investigative genetic genealogy. Applicants should have a strong publication record. Previous funding, coupled with a knowledge of multiple private and federal funding agencies, will be reviewed favorably. The selected candidate can expect a competitive startup package.

The UCF Chemistry Department has broad research strengths in materials, environmental, biochemistry, forensic science, and chemical education. Faculty work collaboratively within the department and across disciplines including optics, engineering, biomedical sciences, and education. The Chemistry Department offers ACS-approved B.S. degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic Chemistry, and Forensic Biochemistry, as well as a B.A. degree in Chemistry, M.S. degrees in Chemistry and Forensic Science, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry with a Forensic Science emphasis. Our Forensic B.S. programs are also FEPAC-accredited.

The NCFS is a research center comprised of 6 faculty members holding joint appointments with academic departments. The NCFS is closely aligned with the Chemistry Department at UCF with several faculty teaching in Chemistry Department academic programs and engaged in research collaborations.

The University of Central Florida is one of the nation’s largest universities with a diverse student body of more than 70,000 students, and has grown in size, quality, diversity, and reputation. Today, the university offers more than 220 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. from an accredited institution in an appropriate discipline (e.g., chemistry, biochemistry, etc.) by the start of the appointment period is required.
  • A working knowledge of operational forensics and existing professional contacts within the forensic industry and academia are also expected.


Expected Salary: Negotiable

Are Benefits Important to You? Working at UCF has its perks! In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (

How to apply

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website,

In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload: a letter of application, curriculum vita, description of research plan, teaching philosophy and interest, and the names and contact information of three professional references.

Please arrange to have three letters of reference sent to Dr. Candice Bridge ( via email and indicate in the subject line “Assistant Professor CHM/NCFS.”

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled (open timeline).

Please keep in mind that a job posted as ‘Open until filled’ may close at any time without notice. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and all required documentation as quickly as possible to ensure consideration for the posted position.