Forensic Scientist- Toxicology

Indiana State Department of Toxicology, Indianapolis, IN, US


The Forensic Scientist performs technical work, testing and analyzing drugs and drugs of abuse and their metabolites for law enforcement and governmental agencies using state of the art instrumentation and analytical techniques. These results will often be used in court cases to determine guilt or innocence.

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Performs and interprets quality control procedures, instrument function checks and necessary calibration adjustments as required.
  • Follows established laboratory safety guidelines.
  • Completes procedural testing with in established time frames.
  • Correlates complete sample data information prior to reporting and documents any irregularities.
  • Maintains records to ensure proper documentation of activities and results.
  • Qualify to testify in court as an expert in the area of forensic drug and/or ethanol biological analysis.
  • Performance specifications are reviewed and corrective action taken when test results deviate from established specifications.
  • Enters data accurately in a timely manner and in accordance with laboratory procedures; Retrieves test results and other viable information on submitted evidence.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all test results.
  • Operates various complex laboratory instruments.
  • Perform work under direct supervision.
  • Performs maintenance and corrective actions on laboratory equipment.
  • Assures that all documentation derived from testing procedures is maintained.
  • Participates in continuing education and training programs in the analysis of biological materials.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.


You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree chemistry, forensic science, or biology, with a concentration in chemistry or toxicology.
  • Basic knowledge of the theory and practical operation of a variety of scientific instrumentation and analytical techniques.
  • Ability to effectively communicate scientific information, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to testify as an expert witness in an objective and professional manner.
  • Ability to perform complex scientific procedures following Laboratory Examination Guidelines.
  • Ability to comprehend, demonstrate, and explain advanced knowledge of the theory and practical operation of a variety of scientific instruments and analytical techniques.
  • Ability to communicate complex scientific information effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to operate and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to adhere to established laboratory safety practices.


The salary for this position traditionally starts between $39,000 - $54,900, but may be commensurate with education or work experience.

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