Reader/Associate Professor in Forensic Science

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£53,205 to £59,302 per annum, pro-rata, with potential progression to £74,126 per annum, pro-rata
26 May 2021
End of advertisement period
20 Jun 2021
Contract Type

School/Department Cranfield Defence and Security
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 37 hours per week full time, normally worked Monday to Friday. Part time hours to be discussed and agreed. Flexible working will be considered
Contract type Permanent
Salary Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £53,205 to £59,302 per annum, pro-rata, with potential progression to £74,126 per annum, pro-rata
Apply by 20/06/2021

Role Description

Cranfield University’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here

Cranfield Forensic Institute welcomes applications for the role of Reader or Associate Professor in Forensic Science.

This is a full or part time role.     


Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI) provides a Centre of Excellence for the application of science, technology, and other areas to law enforcement particularly through niche areas of forensic science and security studies. For years, CFI has been a home for innovation, expertise, and a strong centre for student community. Cranfield University in conjunction with matched funding from South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) have recently invested £7.2 million into the latest forensic equipment, teaching spaces and continued recruitment of experienced and industry relevant academic staff. This means that 2021 is a new and exciting year for CFI.

About the Role

This is a new and unique role for experts in investigative policing.  As such, we are open to innovative ideas and thinking creatively about the design of new and exciting educational products for policing and recruiting the right people to achieve this.  So, whether your expertise has been developed in an operational leadership position, or in academia we are open to applications from a variety of backgrounds.  The role is expected to influence investigative areas of policing and have a growing impact on the ongoing professionalisation of specialist roles in this field. You will have an established academic or equivalent police/industrial/government career with the requisite leadership and management experience. A PhD and publications track record are highly desirable but not essential for you to be considered for this opportunity.  We are seeking people to join the team who are as passionate as we are about the field of Investigative Sciences. 

You will hold a key position within Cranfield’s new Investigative Sciences and Digital Forensics Group (ISDFG), a multi-million-pound group of operational and academic fusion of the fields of forensic science digital forensics and policing. You will be responsible for leadership of the Group and the operational integration within the group, developing and managing new academic products within the ISDFG that meet operational policing needs to an appropriately high level. You will also ensure that developing narrative between academic excellence and operational need is optimal and that the ISDFG operates at the forefront of domestic and international development. 

You will be expected to be a leading research academic, and/or a senior operational forensic practitioner working at the highest level within their discipline.

About You

As a Reader you will have a PhD in a relevant academic area (or equivalent experience).  As a Associate Professor you will have a MSc in a relevant academic area (or equivalent experience). 

You will have gained appropriate experience for this post through either:

  • An academic role (either employed or via research) that demonstrates the integration of forensic science with other areas of forensic practice.


  • An industrial/government/police role (equivalent to the rank of Inspector or above) with experience of working on crime scenes (e.g., major incident management) and successful application to a long-standing development project.

In addition, you will have significant experience of management & leadership and management of a substantial budget.

In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key senior position, and to be at the forefront of world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

Our Values

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here. We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential.

Diversity and Inclusion

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women and/OR minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

Flexible Working

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. Find out more here.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor Andrew Shortland at   

Interviews to be held week commencing 5 July 2021

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