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(Archived) Post-Doctoral Fellow, Forensic Science

Last Updated: 7/05/22

Job Description

Requisition 202200077F

Position Title Post-Doctoral Fellow, Forensic Science

FLSA status Exempt

Hiring Salary Commensurate with education and experience.

Full-Time Non-Tenure Track

College College of Criminal Justice

Department Dept of Forensic Science

Duties Performed in the Usual Course of the Job

The Department of Forensic Science is seeking to hire a Post-Doctoral Fellow. The Post-Doctoral Fellowship is a one-year assignment. The successful candidate will be expected to: 1) Conduct research in the area of forensic paint examinations as well as an unexplored/non-routine area of trace evidence that involves the use of multiple methods of microscopy and instrumental analysis; 2) assist with the maintenance and development of the research operations of the trace evidence laboratory within the department; 3) contribute administratively to the advancement of research by writing reports and publications as well as assisting with the supervision and evaluation of graduate students’ research.

Educational Requirements for the Position

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Forensic Science, or any relevant natural science with concentration in forensic science.

Experience Required for the Position

The successful candidate shall demonstrate: 1) ability and experience with a variety of methods used for the forensic analysis of trace materials that include light microscopy (polarized light microscopy and dispersion staining, fluorescence, comparison microscopy, and GRIM 3), UV-Vis microspectrophotometry, micro FTIR spectroscopy, micro Raman spectroscopy, pyrolysis gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (pyGCMS), and elemental analysis (e.g., SEM-EDS or XRF spectroscopy); 2) ability to perform basic statistical data analysis; 3) knowledge of concepts of scientific evidence interpretation focusing on the Bayesian approach; experience with the use of Bayesian networks is highly desirable; 4) ability and experience in troubleshooting and maintenance of various instruments for the forensic analysis of trace materials; 5) established productivity of scholarly products including publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at forensic meetings.

The Department of Forensic Science and SHSU are committed to promoting a campus culture that embraces diversity and inclusion; the successful candidate is expected to advance this commitment.

Other Specifications

To ensure full consideration, applications must be submitted online at: and should include a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for a minimum of two references addressed to: Dr. Patrick Buzzini, Post-Doctoral Fellowship Search, Department of Forensic Science, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77340-2525.

Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the search is completed.

To apply please visit

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.

Company Details

Huntsville, Texas, United States