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Department Of Justice Vista , CA 92083

Posted 4 months ago

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  • Performs quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis on evidence by utilizing all manners of modern analytical techniques and instrumentation, to include gas chromatography using flame ionization detection (GC-FID), mass selective detector (GC-MSD), and gas-phase IR detection (GC-IRD), high-performance (HPLC) and ultra high-performance (UPLC) liquid chromatography with ultraviolet-visible light detection or mass spectrometry (LC-MS), infrared spectroscopy (IR) using Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) and Raman, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR).

  • The incumbent will use the laboratory information management system (LIMS) to generate laboratory reports which describe all the tests performed, calculations and conclusions.

  • Testifies in federal and state courts as an expert witness; presents technical testimony in layman's terms; defends analytical methods and results against rigorous cross examination by defense attorneys. The incumbent also assists prosecuting attorneys in preparation of technical aspects of case.

  • Advises and may assist law enforcement personnel in the performance of certain enforcement activities such as clandestine laboratory seizures and trace evidence collection.

Physical Demands: Work requires considerable physical exertion such as lifting items weighing up to 50 pounds, prolonged standing, bending and reaching.

Work Environment: Work environment involves moderate/increased risks and discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as laboratories, warehouses and secure office spaces. The work area is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. Some of the evidence encountered during the normal execution of duties are noxious, toxic, bio-hazardous, or pose a threat of skin puncture or laceration. Safety precautions are required such as use of fume hoods when working with acids or volatile solvents and evidence. Requires use of protective clothing or gear such as laboratory coat, safety glasses/goggles, face shield and plastic gloves.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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    1320 Chemistry

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Background and/or Security Clearance

  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

  • Drug testing designated position

  • Successful completion of an one-year probationary period is required (unless already completed).

  • Mobility Agreement Required

  • Medical Clearance Required


Basic Requirements:

Degree: physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics. OR

Combination of education and experience -- course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education as shown below:

GS-05: Successfully completed full four-year college course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.

GS-07: Must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 Federal grade level in performing the following duties as a chemist trainee assisting higher level chemists in preparing samples for analysis, setting the controls and making adjustments to instrumentation and automated equipment, and checking the laboratory equipment for readiness, and compiling, reducing and making routine interpretations of the field data; OR

one full year of graduate level education OR superior academic achievement (In the upper third of your graduating class; received a 3.0 or 3.5, or higher out of a possible 4.0; or a member in one of the national scholastic honor societies). (Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirement of this provision.) OR

a combination of both, experience and education

GS-09: Must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 Federal grade level in performing the following duties as an advanced chemist trainee who selects appropriate test samples, performs chemical analysis, makes computations, applies corrections, generates reports and explains results; OR
2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree, if related. OR

a combination of both, experience and education.

GS-11: Must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 Federal grade level in conducting chemical analysis of drug substances and samples, calibrating and operating analytical instrumentation, such as the gas chromatograph, mass spectrometer, and liquid chromatograph, with computerized equipment, etc; and writing reports of findings of evidence; OR
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, if related; OR

a combination of education and experience with course work equivalent to the major as shown in B above.

Competencies: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competencies in the following areas:

  • Chemistry

  • Oral Communication

  • Research

  • Teamwork

  • Writing


Forensic Chemists are subject to reassignment to any location in the United States depending on the needs of the DEA. All applicants must be available for relocation throughout their career with DEA and will be required to sign a Mobility Agreement to this effect when accepting an offer of employment. The Mobility Agreement confirms your understanding and agreement to accept reassignment to any location depending on the needs of the DEA. This mandatory agreement remains in effect throughout your DEA career as a Forensic Chemist.

Newly hired Forensic Chemists must successfully complete an 18-week Forensic Chemist Training Course at the DEA Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia.


All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, click here.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here.

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