Assistant Teaching Professor

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science
Biochem/Molecular Biology/Forensics


The Forensic Science Program and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Eberly College of Science at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor. This is a non-tenure track, forensic science faculty position. We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) accredited program ( has both undergraduate and Master’s degree programs, is home to a broad range of resident instruction and distance learning offerings, and conducts extramurally funded research. The Program seeks an individual to instruct and develop courses for undergraduate and graduate students, to promote excellence in teaching, research, and service, as well as to the enhancement of the strength and cohesiveness of the program. Responsibilities include: Instructing and/or developing courses for undergraduate and graduate students; conducting training workshops; pursuing training and research grants; exhibiting a strong focus on students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; and promoting educational quality. The individual must have excellent communication skills and be able to develop collaborations and networks of support within the university, with programs at other institutions, and with law enforcement and crime laboratory professionals. The selected candidate should have a M.S. in Forensic Science, Criminalistics, or related physical science with a demonstrated capacity for teaching. The successful candidate should have at least 5-10 years of experience working at the bench in a ISO 17025 certified criminalistics/forensic science laboratory (private or government) with a strong foundation in forensic philosophy (Kirk/ generalist/ criminalistics philosophy), ethics, and demonstrable experience in the following disciplines: Quality Control/Assurance, Forensic Chemistry (instrumental and microchemical methods), Trace Evidence (including Polarized Light Microscopy, Forensic Paint Analysis, Forensic Glass Analysis, Trace Elemental Analysis, General Unknowns, and Forensic Toxicology. Applicants with a strong background in method development in inorganic mass spectrometry (LA-ICP/MS or ICP-OES) are particularly sought. Applications should be submitted as a single pdf document, include curriculum vitae, description of current and future research interests (2-3 pages) and contact information for three to five references. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Jack Hietpas at Review of applications will begin in July 2019 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