Assistant Professor, Forensic Analytical Chemistry

Towson, Maryland
Aug 30, 2018
Sep 29, 2018
Field of specialization
Analytical, Forensic
Job Type
Full time

Assistant Professor, Forensic Analytical Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics

The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Forensic Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry beginning August 2019.


Ph.D. in Forensic Science, Analytical Chemistry or related area. Postdoctoral experience or undergraduate teaching experience is preferred. The department is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in forensic analytical chemistry but strong candidates in other areas of analytical chemistry related to forensics will also receive full consideration.


Faculty are assigned an instructional workload of six (6) units per academic year for the first year.  Beginning the second year the workload reverts back to the standard instructional workload of seven to eight (7-8) course units per academic year.  Teach upper level undergraduate and graduate forensic science courses and serve as a graduate student research mentor.  Teach general chemistry courses at the introductory level as needed by the department. Establish a competitive research program that can engage graduate and undergraduate students.  Pursue external funding and publish in peer-reviewed research journals. Research active faculty may request to replace one course unit with their research activity.

Department of Chemistry:

The Department of Chemistry ( is ACS accredited, with 19 tenured or tenure-track faculty, actively engaged in externally funded research involving undergraduates and graduate students. The department enrolls approximately 400 undergraduates in chemistry, forensic chemistry and chemistry secondary education and 40 graduate students in the Forensic Science Master’s Program. The department supports interdisciplinary programs in Environmental Science and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics (MBBB). Additional collaborative opportunities may be available with science faculty in the departments of Anthropology, Biology, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics Astronomy & Geosciences.

Forensic Science Programs:

The Undergraduate and Graduate Forensic Science Programs are accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).  Both are embedded in the Department of Chemistry.  The undergraduate Forensic Chemistry Program enrolls 160-200 students and has three curriculum tracks students can pursue.  The Graduate Master of Science in Forensic Science Program has 40 students who can pursue a curriculum rich in Forensic Analytical Chemistry or Forensic Molecular Biochemistry (DNA).  The programs are supported by the Chemistry Department Faculty who teach many of the lower level required courses leading to the upper level forensic science coursework taught by three tenured forensic faculty in the department as well as the program director and specialized part-time adjunct faculty.  

Towson University:

Towson University ( was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls almost 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process:

Review of applications begins on October 1, 2018 and continues until the position is filled. To apply, please send (in the following order) a one page cover letter stating what you will add to the UG and graduate forensic programs, a curriculum vitae, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and a three-page statement of your research interests. These documents are to be submitted in electronic form as a single PDF (portable document format) file to  Please use Forensic Analytical Chemistry Search in the subject line.  Applications not following this format will not be reviewed.

Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be emailed to  (Please note that if more than three letters are received, then we will only review the first three letters.)

For more information, please contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Ellen Hondrogiannis,

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

Please be sure to visit to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university’s affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose. Please note that the search number for which you have applied is: FCSM-N-3111

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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