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The Forensic Science Program under the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Eberly College of Science at The Pennsylvania State University, located at University Park, PA invites applications for a non-tenure track forensic science faculty position. The Program ( offers both undergraduate and graduate (MPS) degrees, is home to a broad range of resident instruction and distance learning offerings, and conducts extramurally funded research. The Program seeks dynamic and innovative individuals to instruct and develop courses for undergraduate and graduate students. The individual must be dedicated to promoting excellence in teaching, research, and service, as well as be committed to enhancing the strength and cohesiveness of the program. In addition, the successful candidate will also be involved in conducting workshops and pursuing research grants. The position requires excellent oral and written communication skills and a willingness to develop collaborations and networks of support within the university, with programs at other institutions, and with law enforcement and crime laboratory professionals. Preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D., but does require at least an M.S. in Forensic Science, Criminalistics, or other physical/natural science, and a demonstrated capacity for teaching.


The ideal applicant should have at least five years of experience working at the bench in a criminalistics/forensic science laboratory (private or government) with a strong foundation in the holistic approach to forensic science, ethics, and demonstrable experience in one or more of the following disciplines: Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Toxicology, or Pattern and Impression Evidence including fingerprints, footwear, or question documents. The specific title and rank will be dependent upon the candidate’s credentials.

Applications must be submitted electronically at and should include a cover letter highlighting prior professional experience, curriculum vitae, complete list of publications, statement of current and future research interests, teaching philosophy statement, and a list of three to five references. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Jack Hietpas at . Review of applications will be on a rolling basis and continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term position funded for three years from date of hire with excellent possibility of refunding.

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