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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Department of Forensic and Investigative Science

Job Number: 12119

The Department of Forensic and Investigative Sciences in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support the development of “Fast Screening Methods for the Detection of Firearm Discharge Residues.” The position will be involved in the development and validation of laser-based spectrochemical methods, electrochemical sensors, mass spectrometry methods, and statistical interpretation of the data.

A Ph.D. in Chemistry or related field with emphasis on analytical chemistry or forensic chemistry is required, along with effective oral and written communication skills. This position is responsible for leading research activities according to the specific scientific objectives of the research team. To be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:

  • Perform experimental research on electrochemistry, laser-based spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. (e.g., electrochemical methods, LIBS, LA-ICP-MS, LC-MS).
  • Provide oversight of research group equipment and demonstrate skills with the use and maintenance of at least two of the aforementioned analytical techniques.
  • Analyze data using various statistical tools (e.g., R studio, JMP, Origin, Matlab).
  • Supervise the research activities of graduate and undergraduate students and engage in research in collaboration with the PIs.
  • Present the results of research/studies at professional meetings, technical conferences, and research group meetings.
  • Publish the research results in technical reports and peer-reviewed journals.

This position is funded for 12 months. The screening process will begin on June 30th, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please visit  and navigate to the position title listed above. Upload a letter of application, a CV, and the names and contact information of three referees. For additional information, contact  WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcome applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.