Employment Opportunity

Forensic Toxicologist

San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, San Francisco, California

Salary: $105,014.00 - $127,634.00 per year

Final Filing Date: September 17, 2019

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  • Working in the Forensic Laboratory Division of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner under the supervision of the Forensic Toxicologist Supervisor and the direction of the Chief Forensic Toxicologist/Forensic Laboratory Director, the Forensic Toxicologist is a forensic-trained scientist who performs laboratory procedures following established protocols in the process of ensuring that all forensic specimens are processed and tested in a proficient, reliable and accurate manner.
  • The Forensic Toxicologist utilizes existing or develops new extraction techniques and employs current instrumentation, including GC, GC-MS, GC-MS/MS, LC-MS/MS, and LC-QTOF/MS, to develop, optimize, validate and utilize analytical techniques for the accurate and timely detection and quantification of drugs and poisons in human fluids and tissues in medico-legal cases under the jurisdiction of the Division.
  • The Forensic Toxicologist performs forensic evaluations of evidentiary items including the identification, confirmation and quantitation of poisons, drugs and other chemicals in forensic specimens recovered as evidence during the investigation of medicolegal cases by various law enforcement agencies; processes specimens submitted for medicolegal diagnostic purposes, scientifically examines and evaluates the nature, origin and significance of physical evidence; records findings; interprets data; prepares technical laboratory records and reports of results of tests and examinations; testifies in courtroom proceedings and performs related duties as required.
  • Incumbents are responsible for the accurate interpretation and recording of results from complex forensic laboratory analyses, for ensuring that data generated conforms to the Division’s quality assurance program, conforms to quality control specifications and for maintaining the carefully controlled legal chain of custody requirements.
  • Nature of work involves continuous exposure to health hazards and disagreeable elements.


  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a life science or physical science with 16 semester hours in general and organic chemistry courses, a statistics course, and two (2) analytical and/or interpretive courses in forensic toxicology, pharmacology and chemistry.
License and Certification:
  • Possession of a valid California Driver License;
  • b>AND
  • Possession of or eligibility for certification by the State of California Department of Public Health as a Title 17 Forensic Alcohol Analyst within five (5) years of hire
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Nature of duties may require sustained physical effort involving manual skill, dexterity, hand/eye coordination, and the ability to lift and carry equipment and supplies up to 50 lbs.
  • Requires close mental attention and concentration for long periods when conducting various tests and the technical skill and ability to make accurate observations and determinations and prepare related reports of findings.
  • Work environment may entail exposure to biohazards and potentially toxic chemicals, specimens from infectious and decomposed cases and/or persons who have died of drug or chemical poisoning; unpleasant odors or conditions; and exposure to disagreeable elements or situations inherent in this specialized field.
  • This work requires compliance with department policies pertaining to blood-borne pathogen exposure prevention, biohazard exposure prevention, toxic chemical exposure prevention, evidence handling and security requirements on evidence, standards and information.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.
  • Experience testifying as a technical expert in forensic toxicology analysis
  • Experience in testifying to the interpretation and contribution of drugs and alcohol in forensic casework

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Posted: September 5, 2019

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