Forensic Chemist I

Harris County Houston , TX 77020

Posted 2 weeks ago

Position Description

Reports to: Director, Drug Chemistry.

  • Performs chemical analysis of tablets, powders, liquids, and plant material, to identify controlled and non-controlled substances as well as dangerous drugs.

  • Prepares written reports that support the analytical findings and provide testimony as an expert witness in legal proceedings.

  • Participates in training, competency testing and proficiency testing according to established protocols.

  • Operates and maintains laboratory instruments.

  • Assists in ensuring the laboratory remains in compliance with the ASCLD\LAB accreditation guidelines.

  • Maintains American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) certification and meets ASCLD/LAB criteria by attending continuing education\training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, and professional meetings.

  • Follows rigorously all Safety, Method Manual, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control protocols.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Drug Chemistry Lab Manager, Director of Toxicology and Chemistry, or the Laboratory Director.

  • Routine Contacts: District attorneys, law enforcement officers, and defense attorneys regarding evidence and test results or when subpoenaed to testify; educators and peers during professional training or participation in accreditation or certification visits.

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

https://hrrm.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/EqualEmploymentOpportunityPlan.aspx

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email

ADACoordinator@bmd.hctx.net

Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science, Chemistry, or a related natural science and meet the Seized Drug Analyst coursework requirements outlined in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Part 15, Chapter 651, Subchapter C, Rule 651.207. (https://bit.ly/2F7kZQb).

  • Must have at least two (2) years of experience with mass spectrometry (Undergraduate or graduate courses in Instrumental Analysis OR Mass Spectrometry may substitute for a portion of this experience).

  • Must have a minimum of sixteen-semester credit hours (or equivalent) in college-level chemistry coursework from an accredited university.

  • Must have a three-semester credit hour (or equivalent) college-level statistics course from an accredited university.

  • Certification in Drug Analysis from the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is required within three years of hire and must be maintained for the duration of employment.

  • This position also requires licensure by the Texas Forensic Science Commission; licensure must be maintained for the duration of employment.

  • A valid driver's license. Upon hire, a Texas license must be obtained by start date.

Training:

  • The incumbent will go through an initial training program according to established training procedures, which lasts at least 3 months.

  • The incumbent is also required to participate in continuing education programs attending a minimum of 8 hours instruction in relevant areas annually.

  • This can be accomplished by attending in-house seminars or lectures, professional organization meeting, and/or technical training courses.

Physical requirements:

  • Able to move and lift objects not heavier than 40 pounds.

NOTE: To qualify for this position, required education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history. Resumes are welcome, but we do not use any information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration.

TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED WITH APPLICATION; OFFICIAL CERTIFIED ORIGINAL WILL BE REQUIRED PRIOR TO ANY JOB OFFER

Preferences

  • Master of Science degree in a science related field, preferably Chemistry.

  • Membership in a professional forensic organization such as AAFS or SWAFS.

  • Fluency in the use of Microsoft Office applications (especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and a LIMS database.

  • Liquid Chromatography and Infrared Spectroscopy experience is desired.

General Information

LOCATION:

  • Houston, TX

HOURS:

  • 40 hours per week; may include weekends and night or evening shift work.

SALARY:

  • Depends on Qualifications

  • Based on 26-Pay Periods

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date.

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