Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist II - Toxicology

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas, Nevada

Salary: $70,782.36 - $104,769.59 Annually

Final Filing Date: September 27, 2017

Forensic Scientist I and II – Toxicology job announcements are open simultaneously. As an applicant, you may only apply for one position – either Forensic Scientist I or Forensic Scientist II (not both). Based on the minimum qualifications stated below, if you have three or more years of full-time forensic scientist professional experience in toxicology analysis, please apply only for level II. If you have less than three years and more than one year of full-time forensic scientist professional experience in toxicology analysis, please apply for level I. If you apply for both positions, you will be contacted to choose whichever ONE testing process matches your experience.

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  • Incumbents perform a variety of scientific laboratory examinations and analyses on physical evidence in toxicology, interpret test results, formulate conclusions, and prepare reports.
  • Incumbents also provide scientific assistance to external parties and testify in court as an expert witness.


  • Three years of full-time, forensic scientist professional work experience in toxicology analysis.
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a physical or natural science or a forensic science related field and successful completion of 24 college level credits in chemistry. Applicants MUST attach a copy of their LEGIBLE transcript(s), which demonstrates proof of educational requirements, to their application at the time of submission. Failure to attach a legible transcript will result in automatic disqualification.
License or Certificate:
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Nevada driver license.
Best Candidates Will Have
  • At least four years of recent experience performing forensic toxicology analysis, including three or more of the following areas:
    • Immunoassay screening of drugs of abuse in biological specimens;
    • Quantitative confirmation testing of drugs of abuse in biological specimens;
    • Calibration/maintenance of evidentiary breath test instruments; and/or
    • Determination of ethanol concentration in biological specimens.
  • Knowledge of current analytical instrumentation used in forensic toxicology, including GC/MS, LC/MS/MS, GC/HS, and ELISA;
  • Experience in GC/MS, LC/MS/MS, GC/HS and/or ELISA method validation;
  • Certification in Forensic Toxicology from the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) or other recognized and accepted certifying organization;
  • Familiarity with the ASCLD/LAB accreditation program;
  • Experience in providing technical training to analysts in a laboratory setting and general forensic toxicology training to law enforcement personnel and attorneys; and
  • Successful participation in formal external proficiency test programs.

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Posted: September 6, 2017

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