The Forensic Chemist II - Specialist, performs applied forensic research and disseminates results via submissions to appropriate peer-reviewed scientific journals. Reports to the Laboratory Manager, Drug Chemistry.
Manages advanced instrumentation acquired by the DCL.
Develops and validates new methods for the identification and/or quantitation of analytes relevant to the DCL.
Remains knowledgeable with current literature and trends in drug analysis.
Make recommendations for technical and operational advancement of the DCL.
Problem solves and troubleshoots independently.
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.
Performs technical review of DCL casework.
Participates in training, competency testing and proficiency testing as required.
Operates and maintains laboratory instruments.
Assists in ensuring the laboratory remains in compliance with the ANAB accreditation guidelines.
Maintains American Board of Criminalistics certification and meets ANAB criteria by attending continuing education\training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, and professional meetings.
Rigorously follows all safety, analytical, and quality assurance/quality control protocols.
Perform 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, analytical methods and test results; educators and peers during professional training or participation in accreditation or certification visits.
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Proficient in Microsoft Office.
Experience performing basic or applied scientific research in the fields of Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Toxicology.
Experience preparing scientific manuscripts and/or scientific research grants.
Training The incumbent will go through an initial training program according to established training procedures. 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 meetings, and/or technical training courses.
Required Certification and/or Licensure:
Certification in Drug Analysis from the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is required within two 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.
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.
A copy of your college official/unofficial transcript is required along with the application. Please scan your transcript and attach to the application before submitting.
Ph.D. in Chemistry.
Direct experience with liquid chromatography systems and tandem mass spectrometric instrumentation.
Experience using Agilent macros and automation, JusticeTrax LIMS and Mettler Toledo LabX.
Membership in a professional forensic organization such as AAFS or SWAFS.
40 hours per week
May include weekends and night or evening shift worK
Depends on Qualifications
Based on 26-Pay Periods
Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date.