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Assistant Professor in Forensic Chemistry

University of Texas at El Paso

Job Description

About The University of Texas at El Paso:

The University of Texas at El Paso is America's leading Hispanic-serving university. Located at the westernmost tip of Texas, where three states and two countries converge along the Rio Grande, UTEP is a public research university that transforms lives. More than half of our undergraduates are the first in their families to go to college. At UTEP, our 24,000 students have access to 170 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nine colleges and schools. UTEP is a comprehensive public research university that is increasing access to excellent higher education. We advance discovery of public value and positively impact the health, culture, education, and economy of the community we serve.

Located in the second-most educated city in Texas, UTEP is recognized as one of the best research universities in the country for connecting students with the community around them. UTEP is one of only four institutions in Texas to hold both the top research and community engagement distinctions from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UTEP advances discovery of public value and positively impacts the health, culture, education and economy of the community it serves. With more than $109 million in total annual research expenditures, the University is ranked among the top tier of colleges and universities in research and sixth in Texas for federal research expenditures at public universities.

The University employs more than 5,000 faculty, staff and students. It has one of the lowest out-of-pocket costs of any research university in the U.S., underscoring its commitment to offer an exceptional education at a great value.  

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is a vibrant department housed in a state of the art building completed in 2012, with all the major instrumentation needed to uphold its very high research activity. Our core facilities house state-of-art instrumentations such as JEOL JEM-3200FS Field Emission Energy Filter Electron Microscope, JEOL JMS-T100LC Mass Spectrometer, and Bruker EMXplus EPR SpectrometerEPR/MS.  

The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in both chemistry and biochemistry that are certified by the American Chemical Society, and also a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic science. It also offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Currently, there are approximately 550 undergraduate students majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, or forensic science.

Job Description:

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry within the College of Science at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is seeking applications for a tenure-track assistant professor faculty position in forensic chemistry. The successful candidate will be expected to bring a new dimension to the Department while complementing its existing strengths in both interdisciplinary and traditional fields. All areas related to forensic chemistry and associated fields are welcome, though areas that will be given strong consideration include, but are not limited to, forensic analysis, forensic toxicology, drug analysis, and forensic DNA analysis. The successful candidate is expected to actively engage at a departmental level through curricular development activities, teach forensic and chemistry courses, expand the forensic science program towards its accreditation, collaborate with other faculty, and attract external funding at levels needed to build and sustain his/her research program.


An earned doctorate in forensic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, forensic science, or related field, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and problem-based research as well as publications in relevant areas. Postdoctoral experience and a strong record of high-impact publications are highly preferred. Evidence of existing/prior funding will be given strong consideration. Applicants with potential to attract external funding, and the ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level are highly desired.

Additional Information:

Hiring decisions are based upon budget approval.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries-including the filing of a Formal Complaint or reporting an incident-about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached by phone at (915) 747-8358, by email at , or by mail at 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX, Kelly Hall, Room 312.

For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at .

Application Instructions:

To assure full consideration, please submit the following as separate documents.

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and interests
  • Research plan
  • Statement of commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access as it relates to your research, teaching, service, and mentoring
  • Complete contact information for three professional references.
  • If you have questions about the position, you may contact Dr. James Li, Search Committee Chair at .

    Application review and Appointment Date: Review of applications will begin from November 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled and the anticipated appointment date is September 1, 2023.

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