Assistant Professor, Forensic Science

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, US

Responsibilities

Candidates must have a PhD in forensic science, chemistry, biochemistry, natural science, or a closely related discipline, or will complete the PhD by August 2024. 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.

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. Department will consider candidates who are ABD at hire date (August 2023). Candidates who are ABD must complete and provide evidence of degree completion prior to August 2024 if selected for hire.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated 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.

Compensation

Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America’s Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Western Carolina University is the UNC system’s westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU’s main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.

Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.

Eligible employees have access to tuition waivers for up to three courses per academic year; employee may enroll at any of the constituent UNC System campuses. Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays and 24 hours of paid community service leave each year. Paid vacation and sick leave accrual begin after first month of employment. Paid parental leave after 12 months of continuous service. WCU offers an abundance of training and development programs, certifications, workshops and conferences – many of which are offered free of charge.

How to apply

Materials that should be submitted include:

  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
  7. unofficial transcripts

Review of applications will begin on or about October 15, 2022 and will continue until a candidate has been identified.

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

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at jobs@email.wcu.edu.

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