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Assistant Professor in Forensic Science

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Glendale, Arizona
to commensurate with experience
Start date
Oct 11, 2023

The School of Interdisciplinary Forensics at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible, tenure-track Assistant Professor, faculty position in Forensic Science with primary research areas in defense forensics, biometrics, or pattern recognition. This position will begin in August 2024. The successful candidate is expected to establish a vigorous, externally-funded program of research in Forensic Science; to deliver quality undergraduate and graduate instruction in Forensic Science; and to contribute service to the school, college, university, and the profession.

The successful candidate of this search will be joined by several additional faculty members who will be recruited through national searches to expand and deepen program offerings and research endeavors in support of advancing the rigor of the underlying science and expanding the boundaries of interdisciplinary education and research. Faculty in the School of Interdisciplinary Forensics have the opportunity to work in a unit that values innovative research and undergraduate education equally while being housed in an R1 university. This has created the opportunity for our diverse student population to obtain individual faculty mentorship on the West Campus of ASU, which provides a close-knit residential campus setting.

About the School:

The School of Interdisciplinary Forensics is part of ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. The school is based on the West campus and specializes in interdisciplinary programs. The core mission of the school is to blend scientific rigor and technical training to advance the fair and effective administration of justice. The school is home to masters programs in Forensic Science and Forensic Psychology, a PhD program in Law and Psychology, and undergraduate programs in Forensic Science and Forensic Psychology (

ASU is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real-world applications blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth-largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

All we do at ASU is guided and inspired by the University Charter, which reads:

ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

Successful candidates will demonstrate throughout their materials how their teaching, research, and service will contribute to the fulfillment of this charter.

Essential Functions of the Position:

The individual filling this position is expected to:

  • Establish a vigorous, externally funded program of research in Forensic Science with an emphasis in defense forensics, biometrics, or pattern recognition;
  • Contribute service to the school, college, university, and the profession;
  • Teach courses in relevant areas. 


 Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate or terminal degree in Forensic Science or a related field (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Science, Physics, etc.) at time of hire.

Desired Qualifications:  

  • Evidence of an on-going research program in defense forensics, biometrics, or pattern recognition;
  • Evidence of applying research expertise in defense forensics, biometrics, or pattern recognition;
  • A program of research that complements the research focus of faculty in the School of Interdisciplinary Forensics;
  • Record of scholarly publication;
  • Record of pursuing and/or securing external research grant funding commensurate with the candidate's experience;
  • Established collaborations with industry and/or governmental partners;
  • Interest in establishing interdisciplinary research programs;
  • Evidence of successful college/university teaching and course development experience;
  • Evidence of forensic science-related expertise that enables the teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses and labs in the School of Interdisciplinary Forensics;
  • Evidence of successful mentoring of graduate and/or undergraduate students in research;
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population, including first-generation college students.

Application Instructions

Application Deadline: 

The initial application deadline is November 27, 2023, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. A background check and official transcripts are required prior to employment. For assistance with your application, or for position-related questions, contact

Application Procedure:

Only electronic submissions via Interfolio will be reviewed. All required materials must be submitted at time of initial application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Please submit all application materials to

Applications must contain:

  • Cover letter that addresses the required and desired qualifications and how your experience will demonstrate the University Charter
  • Curriculum vitae with contact information, including telephone number and e-mail address
  • Research Statement
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness – e.g., student evaluations, syllabi, peer observation, annual evaluations, etc. 
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts
  • Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number), one reference must be from your current or most recent employer 

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon the successful passing of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. (See and

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