Criminalist - Drug Identification

Iowa DCI Laboratory, Ankeny, IA, US


This position collects and preserves evidence and performs scientific analysis of physical materials in the investigation of crimes for the Division of Criminal Investigation Crime Laboratory and will be assigned to the Drug Identification Section. This person will perform chemical and instrumental analysis of seized drugs, prepare reports pertaining to findings, and testify in court as an expert witness. Additional duties include, but are not limited to, preparing solutions and providing training to law enforcement when necessary.

Travel across the state of Iowa may be required for courtroom testimony and continuing education, with the potential to be away from the Des Moines area overnight on occasion. General work hours will be Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., however courtroom testimony responsibilities may require hours outside of these times.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A BA/BS degree in chemistry or a closely related physical science, biology, or forensic science related area from an accredited college. Preference will be given to candidates with a chemistry major or a strong academic background in chemistry in addition to previous GC/MS and HPLC experience. Applicants with experience in instrument maintenance would be helpful.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to pass a thorough background investigation conducted by the Department of Public Safety.


$61,360.00 - $94,390.40 / Annually

The State of Iowa offers paid vacation, sick time and holidays, a defined benefit retirement plan, health, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance along with flexible spending accounts.

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