Employment Opportunity

Forensic Chemist

Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner, Phoenix, Arizona

Salary: $23.24 - $40.16 Hourly

Final Filing Date: December 17, 2018

The Forensic Chemist performs assays of blood, urine and other bodily fluids and tissues to determine the presence of alcohols, drugs and poisons in cases under the Office of the Medical Examiner jurisdiction to aid the pathologist in the determination of cause and manner of death.

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  • Performs qualitative and quantitative extractions and analyses of tissues and body fluids for drugs, solvents and toxic agents.
  • Utilizes gas chromatography (GC), GC-mass spectrometry (GC/MS), liquid chromatography (HPLC/MS/MS), UV/Visible spectroscopy and immunoassay (ELISA) to detect and quantify xenobiotics in biological samples.
  • Prepares reagents, standards and quality control materials.
  • Enters specimen acquisition, analytical results and quality control data into laboratory database and prepare specific reports.
  • Follows required procedures to maintain chain of custody of evidence.
  • Maintains inventory and orders toxicology supplies and reagents.
  • Maintains, troubleshoots and repairs scientific equipment.
  • May be required to give sworn testimony in a deposition or in court or other legal tribunal.
  • Attends various training programs to maintain high professional standards and implement new methods and instruments for toxicological testing.
  • Performs special tasks, projects and assignments as required.


Minimum education and/or experience:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (organic), Biochemistry, Toxicology, Biological/Forensic Sciences, Biology or Medical Technology or a closely related field with at least a minor in chemistry and coursework completion that includes organic chemistry and instrumental analysis.
Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
  • Must possess or be eligible to obtain, certification by the Arizona Department of Public Safety for the performance of blood and vitreous alcohol testing.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge of:
  • Analytical laboratory procedures, practices and techniques (e.g. quantitations).
  • Mastery of theories, principles and concepts in organic analytical chemistry.
  • Applicable safety requirements.
Skilled in:
  • Collecting and analyzing complex data.
The use of toxicology equipment, data analysis methods and other computer applications. Preferred education and/or experience:
  • Master's Degree in Chemistry (organic), Biochemistry, Toxicology, Pharmacology, Biological Sciences or a closely related field and/or experience in a forensic laboratory performing the duties of an analytical chemist/toxicologist.
  • Experience working or interning in an analytical or forensic laboratory
Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:
  • Certification in good standing as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists (ABFT)
Working conditions:
  • Ability to work with unusual smells and sights and use protective equipment.

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Posted: December 6, 2018

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