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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Forensic Science

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Named after Texas' legendary hero, General Sam Houston, the university boasts a rich historical legacy that resonates with the spirit of Texas, which provides a balance between a peaceful, natural setting and proximity to urban amenities. With a student population of over 21,000, SHSU offers a vibrant and dynamic community. SHSU has a small town feel with large scale opportunities. Located in the Piney Woods region of East Texas and just an hour drive north of Houston, Huntsville provides area residents with a sense of community and belonging.

SHSU offers compelling options for individuals seeking a fulfilling and impactful career including a superior benefit package , competitive salaries and a flexible work environment fostering work/life balance. SHSU offers programs that support a healthy work-life balance, contributing to employee well-being and job satisfaction, as well as, professional development opportunities with our educational assistance and dependent assistance programs.

Position Information

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Position Title
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Forensic Science


Post-Doctoral Fellow

FLSA status

Hiring Salary

Commensurate with education and experience.

Position Category

Position Type
Full-Time Non-Tenure Track

College of Criminal Justice

Dept of Forensic Science

Open Date


Refer Applicants To

Contact Name
Sheree Hughes


Department of Forensic Science
SHSU, Box 2525
Huntsville, TX 77341-2525

Contact Phone
(936) 294-2608

Contact Email

Position Details

Duties Performed in the Usual Course of the Job

The Department of Forensic Science is seeking to hire a Post-Doctoral Fellow. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in research, mentor students, and provide instructional support. The individual selected for the position will report directly to the department chair and will work closely with faculty and graduate students in the department. The fellow is expected to attend all department meetings and events, including faculty meetings.

Educational Requirements for the Position

Candidates must have a B.S. in forensic chemistry, chemistry or analytical chemistry, biology, biomedical sciences, health sciences, or forensic science and a Ph.D. in forensic science, chemistry, analytical chemistry, biology, genetics, biomedical or health sciences.

Experience Required for the Position

The successful candidate shall have a proven record with respect to analytical research, method development, scientific writing, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations at scientific meetings. Experience in an analytical chemistry, molecular biology, forensic chemistry or forensic biology laboratory is required. The candidate(s) shall be familiar with modern instrumental techniques in theory, operation, and troubleshooting.

A successful forensic chemistry candidate will have working experience with instrumentation including but not limited to gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS), liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS), and liquid chromatography-quadrupole-time of flight mass spectrometry (LC- QTOF -MS),automated DNA extraction systems, liquid handling platforms, quantitative real-time PCR systems, thermal cyclers, capillary electrophoresis genetic analyzer, and next generation sequencing systems.

Prior employment in forensic science, teaching experience, training and familiarity with a learning management system (e.g., Blackboard) is highly desired. The successful candidate shall have a strong desire to mentor students and actively participate in grantsmanship, instructional delivery, and academic programming.

Other Requirements for the Position

The Post-Doctoral Fellowship is a continuing one-year assignment.

Special Instructions Summary

To ensure full consideration, applications must be submitted online andshould include a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for a minimum of three references. Letters of reference can be submitted to Dr. Sheree Hughes at .

Review of materials will begin as soon as possible and will continue until the search is completed.

Open Until Filled

EEO Statement

EEO Statement

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn about this position?
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HBCU Connect - Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    • HACU - Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
    • The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
    • Association for Women in Science
    • TWC - Work in Texas
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • HERC - Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
    • SHSU Website
    • SHSU Employee
    • SHSU Recruiter
    • Other
  2. If your response to the question above was 'SHSU Employee' please indicate employee's name and department.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. If your response to the question above was 'Other' please indicate from what source.

    (Open Ended Question)

Candidate Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae (Faculty)
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents
  1. Statement of Research & Goals
  2. Letter of Recommendation 1
  3. Letter of Recommendation 2
  4. Letter of Recommendation 3


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