Employment Opportunity

Toxicologist III

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: June 28, 2019

The Toxicologist III reports to the Deputy Chief Toxicologist.

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  • Conducts ethanol and volatile testing on toxicological evidence submitted by medical examiners and law enforcement agencies.
  • Performs liquid-liquid and solid phase extractions for screening and confirmation testing.
  • Operates head space GC/FID, GC/MS, GC/MS/MS, LC/MS/MS and/or LC/TOF MS instrumentation.
  • Processes and reviews instrumental data, prepares calibration curves and identifies/quantifies target drugs in control and specimen chromatograms.
  • Performs screening tests including ELISA, CO-oximetry, and chemistries.
  • Reports results supported by analytical findings.
  • Performs batch and case reviews.
  • Performs and documents routine maintenance, troubleshooting and minor repair of analytical devices and instrumentation.
  • Receives, inventories, and properly stores toxicological evidence; maintains accurate chain of custody records from evidence receipt to final disposition.
  • Prepares laboratory reagents and maintains supplies in accordance with laboratory procedures.
  • Performs routine laboratory upkeep duties such as cleaning glassware, discarding biohazard trash, organizing laboratory work and storage areas, and maintaining laboratory cleanliness.
  • Performs quality assurance/quality control procedures on reagents, equipment and instruments as necessary.
  • Participates in training, competency testing and proficiency testing according to established protocols.
  • Performs and documents casework duties in accordance with laboratory procedures with minimal errors and no pattern of deficiencies.
  • Assists in ensuring conformance to laboratory accreditation standards.
  • Maintains professional certification and licensure.
  • Attends continuing education/training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and professional meetings as time and resources allow.
  • Follows rigorously all safety manuals, standard operating procedures and quality assurance/quality control protocols.
  • Keeps management abreast of information critical to the proper planning and coordination of laboratory operation and communicates with other lab personnel.
  • Provides expert testimony in a court of law when subpoenaed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by laboratory management.
  • Routine Contacts: District attorneys, law enforcement officers and defense attorneys regarding evidence and test procedures when subpoenaed to testify. Educators and peers during professional training or participation in accreditation visits.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Biology, Toxicology or a closely related field from an accredited university and meet the Toxicology Analyst (General, Non-interpretive) coursework requirements outlined in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Part 15, Chapter 651, Subchapter C, Rule ยง651.207 (https://bit.ly/2OQ83O4).
  • Two (2) years of experience in a clinical or forensic toxicology laboratory.
  • Substitution of up to two years of work experience for masters or doctoral degrees, depending on the nature of the degree, research performed, and the relevance to the principal tasks below.
  • Knowledge of the basic theoretical principles and applications of instrumentation (immunoassay, UV-visible spectrophotometry, headspace GC/FID, GC/MS, GC/MS/MS, LC/MS/MS and/or LC/TOF MS) and methodologies used to analyze toxicological samples and experience operating and maintaining instrumentation listed above.
  • Ability to move and lift objects not heavier than 45 pounds.
  • A valid driver's license.
Additional Requirements:
  • If casework is performed, the analyst shall be licensed by the Texas Forensic Science Commission as a Toxicology Analyst (General, Non-interpretive).
  • Membership in a relevant professional organization is required within one (1) year from date of hire.
  • Forensic Analyst licensure by the Texas Forensic Science Commission will be required; licensure must be maintained for the duration of employment.
  • Certification by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) is required within three (3) years from the date of hire or eligibility, whichever is later and is to be maintained during the duration of employment.

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Posted: May 23, 2019

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