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Assistant Professor - Forensic Genomics

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University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)

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Assistant Professor - Forensic Genomics

Date Posted: 09/21/2021
Closing Date: 11/25/2021, 11:59PM ET
Req ID: 9461
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)
Department: UTM: Anthropology
Campus:University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)


The Forensic Science Program in the department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Forensic Genomics. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor with a start date of July 1, 2022, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Forensic Biology with an emphasis in large-scale-omics data computation and interpretation by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate must have demonstrated excellence in both teaching and research in Forensic Genomics. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, strong letters of reference and the teaching dossier (with required materials outlined below) submitted as part of the application. Excellence in research in the area of Forensic Genomics will demonstrated by a record of sustained contributions and publications in top-ranked and field-relevant academic journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing. The successful applicant must also have a proven record of professional forensic involvement as demonstrated by casework, court testimony, applied research, laboratory experience, or similar practices. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths. For further information on the Forensic Science Program, please see and for the Department of Anthropology

The successful applicant will be expected to develop and maintain an active, innovative, externally funded program of research and to contribute to the education and training of undergraduate students as well as graduate students enrolled in the tri-campus University of Toronto Graduate Program. Collaborations with tri-campus departments such as Molecular Genetics, Cell and Systems Biology, Psychiatry, Medicine and Computer Science are encouraged. Cross appointment at the graduate level to a relevant cognate department will be pursued upon hiring.

The University of Toronto Mississauga's Forensic Science Program is designed to provide students with an understanding of scientific analyses, theories, laboratory skills, applications, and field techniques. Programs are offered in the fields of forensic anthropology, forensic biology, forensic chemistry, and forensic psychology. For more information, see the UTM Forensic Science website at For information on the graduate programs of the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology please visit and

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

At UTM we are committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion. With an enviable diverse student body, we especially welcome applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, Black, or racially visible (persons of colour), and who have experience working with teaching or mentoring diverse groups or students. Candidates must demonstrate, in their application materials, an ability to foster diversity on campus and within the curriculum or discipline, and must show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial environment. Candidates must submit a statement describing their contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities; efforts undertaken to develop inclusive pedagogies, collaboration, and engagement with underrepresented communities; and mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. If you have questions about this statement, please contact Professor Esteban Parra at [email protected].

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; an EDI statement (as outlined above); up to three sample publications; and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, and teaching evaluations.

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each once an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters by the closing date.

Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word files in the following format:

  1. CV titled: 9461–FSC-Genomics-YourSurnameFirstname CV.pdf (or .doc)
  2. Cover letter titled: 9461–FSC-Genomics -YourSurnameFirstname letter.pdf (or .doc)
  3. Research statement, EDI statement and teaching dossier, titled: 9461–FSC-Genomics-YourSurnameFirstname application.pdf (or .doc)
  4. Publications can be a separate document if too large to bundle with the above; if a separate document, please title as: 9461–FSC-Genomics-YourSurnameFirstname publications.pdf (or .doc). Documents too large to be submitted to the online system will not be accepted (10 MB max file size)

If you have questions about this position or the program, please contact Professor Tracy Rogers, Director of the Forensic Science Program, at [email protected]; and questions about the hiring process can be directed to Professor Esteban Parra at [email protected].

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the closing date of Thursday, November 25, 2021 by 11:59pm.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

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