Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Forensic Science/Forensic Chemistry

Richmond, Virginia
Oct 11, 2018
Nov 10, 2018
Field of specialization
Education, Forensic
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Tenure-track Assistant Professor

Forensic Science/Forensic Chemistry

Position Number F62260


The Department of Forensic Science (http://forensicscience.vcu.edu/) at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a nine-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applicants should have research experience in forensic toxicology and/or drug chemistry, with interests that compliment and expand existing expertise in the department. Candidates must have a clear potential for external funding from a diversity of sources and be committed to developing a nationally-recognized interdisciplinary research program. Duties of the position include excellence in scholarly publication, effective extramural grant solicitation, and high-quality mentoring and teaching of both undergraduate and graduate students. Teaching responsibilities may include core lecture and laboratory courses in the area of forensic chemistry, drug analysis, and/or toxicology, depending on the candidate’s areas of expertise. The faculty member will serve on Department, College, and/or University committees and is expected to engage in professional service in their field. Candidates must have a doctoral degree or equivalent at the time of appointment. Postdoctoral research experience and prior college-level teaching experience are strongly preferred. This position is part of a multi-year hiring effort in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences to increase national research prominence in addiction studies. The anticipated start date for this position is August 2019.

VCU is a premier urban, public research university with an enrollment of 31,000 students. We seek to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber, and the successful candidate must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU. There are over 400 undergraduate and graduate students studying Forensic Science at VCU, and both our B.S. and M.S. degree programs are fully accredited by the AAFS Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). The Department operates in close collaboration with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science (http://www.dfs.virginia.gov/). In addition, faculty mentor doctoral students through the Integrative Life Sciences Ph.D. Program, the Department of Chemistry, and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the VCU School of Medicine.


Applicants should submit the following: (i) cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) statement of research interests and statement of teaching interests and philosophy (uploaded as one pdf under “Other documents”), and (iv) contact information for three professional references to VCU Jobs (https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/83488).

Review of application materials will begin November 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.


Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.