A Forensic Scientist in the Toxicology Unit performs forensic examinations of blood and urine related to police investigations. Duties include: blood volatile analysis using headspace gas chromatography; enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) screening of blood and urine for drugs of abuse; confirmations of drugs of abuse from blood and urine utilizing gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS), liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS), sample preparation using solid phase extraction (SPE) and associated equipment, liquid/liquid extractions, pipetting and centrifuges; documentation of quality assurance and controls, maintenance logs, results entered into a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
This class is also responsible for performing related duties as required.
- Analyze and perform examinations on evidence to detect and quantify drugs, narcotics, poisons, or other controlled substances using chemical techniques.
- Perform housekeeping tasks including maintaining laboratory supplies and reference materials.
- Assist in the inventory, maintenance, storage and disposition of evidence.
- Enter data into databases and prepare reports on observed and recorded effects.
- Prepare evidence and exhibits; appear in court as an expert witness; maintain report files; issue periodic and special reports as assigned.
- Confer with supervisor to reference the appropriate test methodology based on the quantity and quality of the submitted sample.
- Learn and perform proper instrument maintenance and repair procedures.
- Learn and perform proper reagent and standard preparation and labeling.
- Regularly work with a variety of potentially hazardous materials (e.g., HIV, hepatitis, and/or unknown pathogen contaminated body fluids evidence; unidentified chemicals on evidence, used syringes).
- A bachelor's or advanced degree in biology/biochemistry, chemistry, forensic science, or a closely related natural science; or a bachelor's degree in criminal justice plus a current nationally recognized certification in an applicable forensic discipline; and two (2) years of work experience as a forensic scientist. In addition, must have successfully completed twenty- four (24) credit hours of college coursework in chemistry and/or toxicology.
- Preference will be given to applicants with experience working in a forensic or crime laboratory, testifying in court, and college coursework in analytical chemistry.
- Ability, demonstrated in previous employment experience or described in personnel records, to establish and maintain effective, harmonious working relationships with clients, co-workers, and supervisors.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate tactfully and with emphasis on customer service.
- Excellent prioritization, time management, and organization skills.
- Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
- Display interpersonal skills in dealing with customers and co-workers, utilize appropriate telephone etiquette, demonstrate appropriate written and verbal communication skills, and demonstrate ability to perform standard office tasks and operate standard office equipment.
- Successful completion of the interview process, reference checks, and standard background and criminal record checks to determine knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform forensic scientist tasks.
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