Instructional Faculty (Open Rank)


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Chemistry & Biochemistry (10000834)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi, located in Oxford, Mississippi, invites applicants for a full time, 9-month, promotion-eligible position as Instructional Faculty in the area of Forensic Chemistry to begin August 2024. The position title and rank is commensurate with degree and experience.


Responsibilities include teaching chemical and physical methods of forensic chemistry (criminalistics) and analytical/instrumental analysis with emphasis on trace evidence such as illicit drugs and DNA. The successful candidate will also transition into the role of forensic program coordinator, which includes maintaining accreditation with the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and overseeing the forensic internship program.  Additional duties include advising forensic students, participating in recruiting activities, and being a faculty mentor for Delta Delta Epsilon, an international forensic science honor society.


The successful candidate will join a collaborative faculty committed to teaching and research at the undergraduate and graduate level. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or Master’s degree in Chemistry, Forensic Science, or closely related field and have demonstrated forensic laboratory (practitioner) experience with professional certification preferred. Review of applications will begin 15 January 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.


The University of Mississippi is a Carnegie-Designated R1 Highest Research University located in Oxford, Mississippi, a college town known for its outstanding educational and cultural opportunities. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is a broad-based department that consists of 17 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 6 teaching faculty, and a vibrant undergraduate and graduate program ( 


The University of Mississippi and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are committed to building an inclusive and diverse university community (Pathway to equity plan: The University of Mississippi has been repeatedly recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For.” The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry recognizes the importance of building a diverse faculty and welcomes applicants from groups underrepresented in science.

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Chemistry, Forensic Science, or closely related field


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Application Procedures

Applications must be submitted online ( and should include: (1) a cover letter outlining interest and suitability for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a 2-page statement of forensic teaching, research, and practitioner experience, and (4) the names and contact information for three references.


Review of applications will begin 15 January 2024 and continue until the position is filled. The appointment is expected to begin August 2024. Questions about the position may be addressed to the search committee chair Dr. James Cizdziel (

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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