Assistant Professor, Forensic Biology – Chemical and Biological Sciences (Tenure-Track)

Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, US


The Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Youngstown State University (YSU) invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position. Trains undergraduate and master’s degree students and displays a strong commitment to teaching. Teaches courses in genetics, forensic biology, and has the opportunity to develop upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the appointee’s area of expertise. Contributes to scholarship, service, and FEPAC accreditation for the department’s forensic science program. Conducts competitive independent research, mentors both graduate and undergraduate students and publishes appropriately at the level expected of an R2 institution. 

Communicates effectively, with appropriate responsiveness, to student needs and a willingly commits to professional development. 

Incumbent expected to help fulfill department’s obligation for continued excellence in the preparation of students entering biosciences, forensic science, and medically related professions. Develops collaborative research efforts within the department, across campus, at local hospitals, police departments, government agencies or other universities. Participates in departmental and college service activities. 

Position Information: Plans, organizes, teaches, and provides feedback to promote and direct student success. Responds to students in a timely manner. Communicates with students, departments, and university officials via university provided tools and resources. 

Ability to contribute to the diversity, cultural sensitivity, and excellence of the University community through teaching. 

An Institution of Opportunity: YSU inspires individuals, enhances futures, and enriches lives. 

As a student-centered university, Youngstown State University’s mission is to provide innovative lifelong learning opportunities that will inspire individuals, enhance futures and enrich lives. YSU inspires individuals by cultivating a curiosity for life-long learning; enhances the futures of our students by empowering them to discover, disseminate and apply their knowledge; and enriches the region by fostering collaboration and the advancement of civic, scientific, and technological development. YSU’s culture of enrichment flourishes in our diverse, accessible, and quality education. 

Work Schedule: Typically, Monday through Friday, including some evenings, and the possibility of some weekend days. 

Supplemental Information: Position start date will be Fall semester 2024 (August 2024). 

Please upload all transcripts as one PDF file. 

At time of hire, all candidates must provide official transcripts. Official transcripts must be provided in an unopened, sealed envelope and must bear the embossed or raised college seal, date, and Registrar’s signature. EOE


  • Required Certifications, Training, and/or Licensures: None 
  • Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Biology or related area required. 
  • Preferred Qualifications: Post-doctoral employment in genetics, forensic/ DNA, or a genealogy laboratory. Experience directing student research projects and a well-articulated plan for future undergraduate/M.S. graduate research. Experience in online learning.


At Youngstown State University we are committed to a comprehensive employee benefit program that helps our employees live healthy, feel secure, and maintain a work/life balance. YSU offers two options for medical plans, optional dental and vision insurance and life insurance. These plans are reviewed annually to maintain competitiveness while being cost effective. In addition, YSU offers tuition remission, 403(b) and 457 retirement planning options, as well as state pension programs and optional voluntary life insurance benefits.

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