Term Associate Professor Forensic Chemistry

Location
Fairfax, VA
Salary
Commensurate with education and experience.
Posted
Nov 23, 2021
Closes
Dec 10, 2021
Ref
FAC8551
Industry
Education
Hours
Full Time
Term Associate Professor, Forensic Chemistry


The George Mason University, Forensic Science Program in the College of Science, invites applications for our Associate Professor of Forensic Chemistry position. This full-time, term, 9-month faculty position is scheduled to begin in January 2022.

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Responsibilities:


The selected candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate lecture and lab courses in forensic chemistry and help to develop new forensic chemistry courses and labs in specialized areas of forensic chemistry. The selected candidate will also supervise graduate and undergraduate student research. The candidate will supervise the ongoing development of forensic chemistry graduate certificates involving course development and relevant research and accreditation when applicable. The typical teaching load is 4 courses per semester. The incumbent will also be expected to develop and maintain a nationally recognized and externally funded research program in the area of forensic chemistry with a specific focus on establishing trans-disciplinary collaboration in research and application to the field of forensic chemistry.

Required Qualifications:


  • Completion of a PhD degree in chemistry prior to the first day of the appointment;
  • 10-15 years of experience as a scientist performing forensic science research and validation in direct support of an ASCLD accredited forensic laboratory;
  • Minimum of 10 years of forensic chemistry research and validation experience including publications of relevant articles in peer reviewed forensic science journals, membership in forensic science organizations and direct support to the forensic laboratory and law enforcement communities;
  • Minimum of 5 years teaching experience in a university Forensic Science program teaching forensic chemistry courses to graduate and/or UG students;
  • Experience in applying for outside funding to support forensic chemistry related research;
  • Ability to liaison with external partners including state and federal agencies to develop internships, specialized training, and career opportunities for students;
  • Expertise in wide range of Chemistry Instrumentation; examples include the instruments listed below:
    • Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) and GC-GC/MS (Leco Pegasus)
    • Quadrupole MS (Agilent 597X, and Inficon Hapsite) and Sector MS (JEOL HX-110)
    • GC‑MS/MS (magnetic sector instrument modified for TOF)
    • LC/MS (Agilent 1100 with APCI, Electrospray, APPI)
    • Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry (Thermo LTQ, LCQ, and Polaris)
    • Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry - Bruker SPME-RAID, Smith's Detection and IonTrak Systems
    • Atmospheric Sampling Glow Discharge MS
    • Membrane Inlet MS X‑ray Powder Diffraction Gel Chromatography
    • Hyperspectral Imaging FTIR-Spectromicrotomography
    • Caliper Life Sciences SciClone 3000 Automated Liquid Handler Robotics System
    • DNA Analysis via Mass Spectrometry (Ibis T5000)
    • Chip-based Adaptive High Volume VOC Sampler Development
  • Research/experience in multiple key areas that support forensic chemistry applications in the field. Examples include areas listed below:
    • Trace organic volatiles analysis for forensic and clinical applications - whole body and breadth
    • Proteomics
    • High speed MS/MS, GC‑MS/MS, multidimensional and hybrid systems
    • Computer assisted data analysis and modeling
    • Trace component analysis and collection development - small form factor
    • Instrumentation development, miniaturization, intelligence and investigative
    • Field GC-MS (environment, treaty verification, forensics, and intelligence)
    • High-speed GC and multi-dimensional GC
    • Single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis via mass spectrometry
    • Chemical analyses of scent w/application for forensic canines and their use at crime scenes re: human remains
    • Human Decomposition - Chemical Analysis Trace organic volatiles analysis for forensic and clinical applications - whole body and breadth
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented and the ability to work well in a team laboratory environment; and
  • Knowledge and experience in: ethics and professional values; logic; principles and concepts of forensic science applications; research methodology and statistical analysis; proper methods to discard chemicals and biological materials; experience with laboratory accreditation, safety program administration; knowledge of laboratory Quality Assurance/Quality Control principles; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and a high level of integrity; grant writing; The ability to make sound scientific decisions with regard to a wide range of forensic chemistry test interpretation.


The selected candidate must be able to start in the position on January 10, 2022.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Current Valid Security clearances OR eligible for security clearances.


About Us:


The Forensic Science Program at George Mason University offers a master's degree, a graduate certificate, a bachelor's degree, and a minor in forensic science. Our programs prepare students for a rewarding career in federal, state, and local governments, laboratories, and provide advanced education for professionals currently in the field. Our full time and adjunct faculty members have operational forensic science field experience, and the program consists of nearly 300 undergraduate students, 100 graduate students, and 4 graduate assistants. The program also has a Crime Scene House Laboratory, Forensic DNA Laboratory and a Forensic Anthropological Research Facility all of which are supported by the forensic science faculty.

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New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements .
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