Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor (Forensic Science Program Director)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Eberly College of Science
Biochem/Molecular Biology/Forensics


The Forensic Science Program within 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 Forensic Science Program Director. The Program ( offers both FEPAC accredited undergraduate and graduate (MPS) degrees, is home to a broad range of resident instruction and distance learning offerings, and conducts extramurally funded research. The Forensic Science Program Director will have responsibility for a number of critical programs and activities, including: leadership for both the undergraduate and graduate programs; ensure the flow of critical information between the department, FEPAC, and program faculty; and developing, planning, implementing, and administering goals, objectives and curriculum related to the Forensic Science Program. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to participate in community/ professional outreach. The selected candidate will also be expected to conduct productive and programmatic research, pursue extramural research funding, teach 1-2 courses/ year, and mentor graduate students. The anticipated starting date for this position is Fall 2019. The position requires a Ph.D. in the physical/ natural sciences. In addition the position requires at least 5 years of relevant academic (preferred) or casework experience. The applicant should have a strong commitment to the holistic approach to forensic science. Area of research emphasis is open (e.g., criminalistics, chemistry/ toxicology, biology, and crime scene investigation), but candidates should have a demonstrated record of accomplished forensic science research including a record of extramural funding. Qualified candidates should also have leadership experience. Applications must 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 This position is a fixed term, multi-year 36-week appointment funded for three years from date of hire. Review of applications will be on a rolling basis and continue until the position is filled.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088