Assistant Professor Forensic Chemistry

University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, US


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi, located in Oxford, Mississippi, invites applicants for a full time, 9-month, promotion-eligible position as Instructional Faculty in the area of Forensic Chemistry to begin August 2024. The position title and rank is commensurate with degree and experience. 

Responsibilities include teaching chemical and physical methods of forensic chemistry (criminalistics) and analytical/instrumental analysis with emphasis on trace evidence such as illicit drugs and DNA. The successful candidate will also transition into the role of forensic program coordinator, which includes maintaining accreditation with the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and overseeing the forensic internship program. Additional duties include advising forensic students, participating in recruiting activities, and being a faculty mentor for Delta Delta Epsilon, an international forensic science honor society.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or Master’s degree in Forensic Science, Chemistry, or closely related field and have demonstrated forensic laboratory (practitioner) experience.


At $65,000 for 9 months with great benefits and the potential for additional summer pay and promotions, the position salary is highly competitive. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With >24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University has implemented many health and wellness initiatives and has been named one of the state's healthiest workplaces. Oxford is well known as a literary & arts destination. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. It is a vibrant town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, & comfortable inns.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online ( and should include: (1) a cover letter outlining interest and suitability for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a 2-page statement of forensic teaching, research, and practitioner experience, and (4) the names and contact information for three references.