The Department of Forensic and Investigative Science (FIS) at West Virginia University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position with expertise in forensic biology. The anticipated start date is August 2021. Primary responsibilities include: teaching core forensic science courses and specialized forensic biology courses, including advanced DNA analysis, at the undergraduate and graduate levels; mentoring graduate and undergraduate researchers; developing an independent, externally funded research program that results in peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations; contributing to the diversity and inclusion goals of the university; and service activities both within and outside the department.
The Department ( https://forensics.wvu.edu/ ) consists of 5 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 6 teaching faculty, about 10 PhD and 20 MS students and about 600 undergraduate majors. Both the BS and MS degree programs are FEPAC accredited. The PhD in forensic science was established in 2016 and has already produced four graduates. The department is housed in an 18,000-sq. ft. facility that opened in 2007 and is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and extensive modern instrumentation. The department also manages a field laboratory complex consisting of four crime scene houses, a Nikon photography studio, a vehicle processing facility and a ballistics laboratory.
WVU ( www.wvu.edu ), located in Morgantown, WV, is a comprehensive land grant university that enrols about 29,000 students in more than 100 different degree programs. Our Carnegie Classification is R1 - Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity. Morgantown is within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh, PA, Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD, and has received numerous ratings as one of the best small cities in the U.S. because of its good schools, excellent health care, low unemployment rate, low crime rate and abundant recreational opportunities.
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship, offers high quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU is located in Morgantown, West Virginia, has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America, with divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Montgomery. WVU is a Research University (Highest Research Activity) and ranks among the top 100 public universities in the nation, including a top 15 ranking in most affordable tuition for out-of-state students. WVU offers 184 degrees throughout the 15 colleges and schools within the university. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy, and forensics. There are more than 32,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide who are pioneering, passionate, innovative, tireless and caring.