Title: Forensic Chemist (Drug Identification)
Job Type: Regular Full-Time
Location: Warminster, PA
Functional Area: Forensic Laboratory Testing
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm
NMS Labs has developed an extensive menu of more than 2,500 tests to support clients in forensic, criminalistic, public health and clinical fields. For over 50 years, our clients have relied on NMS Labs for unique testing solutions that demonstrate our company core values of Quality, Integrity, Service, Innovation and Engagement. As we work to increase the company's positive impact on public health and public safety, we are seeking talented professionals to join us for the journey! We invite you to learn more about our company by visiting NMSLabs.com.
NMS Labs is hiring a Forensic Chemist for our Warminster, PA location! The Forensic Chemist will perform chemical and analytical testing including the isolation and identification of chemical substances in forensic casework samples. This person is responsible for specimen processing, test performance, reporting of test results, and the quality assurance and documentation of analytical processes.
Other duties include:
Handling and sampling of forensic casework samples
Maintaining the appropriate chain of custody of evidence
Independently performing analysis of chemical substances utilizing chemical, microscopic, TLC, and instrumental methods to include GCMS
Generating, interpreting, reviewing, and releasing results
Performing routine maintenance and basic troubleshooting of analytical instrumentation
Providing expert testimony
Performing and maintaining appropriate quality assurance and quality control procedures
Effectively communicating scientific findings to internal and external clients
The Forensic Chemist must have working knowledge of analytical procedures including a basic understanding of analytical terminology, methods, and theory, and should be able to apply these to forensic cases. A high level of integrity is required, as well as good organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. The Forensic Chemist must have the ability to follow SOPs, as well as compliance standards and safety practices.
A minimum of a Bachelor's degree is required; 6 months lab related experience is strongly preferred.
Degree must be in a chemical, physical, biological science, or forensic science from an accredited university
Minimum of 16 semester credit hours in college-level chemistry coursework above General Chemistry
MUST HAVE coursework and labs in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Analytical (Instrumental) Chemistry
MUST HAVE 3 college-level semester credit hours in Statistics or be willing to take and pass a statistics course within one year of employment
Licensed by the Texas Forensic Science Commission within 1 year of hire, as applicable
Court testimony experience
Ability to hear
Vision (with correction) including color, distance, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
Standing, reaching with hands and arms, and using hands and fingers to manipulate instruments or equipment controls, computer keyboard, office equipment, objects or tools
Movement from one work location to another
Sitting and standing, sometimes for extended periods of time
Lifting objects up to 20 lbs.
Ability to travel as needed for court testimony.
Exposure to intermittent or constant sounds generated by equipment
Exposure to fumes, noxious odors and dust
Handling of biological material and blood-borne pathogens
Handling of toxic or caustic chemicals
Proximity to moving parts
Offers of employment are made contingent upon a nationwide background investigation and urine drug screen with results satisfactory to standards of employment at NMS. NMS requires all employees to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume and official or unofficial transcripts and apply at http://www.nmslabs.com/careers
We are an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed, sexual orientation, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, citizenship status, otherwise qualified disability, or protected veteran status (disabled Armed Forces Service medal, recently separated, active duty or campaign badge), domestic violence victim status, arrest record, or predisposing genetic characteristics.