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Toxicologist I

San Diego County Medical Examiner, San Diego, California

Salary: $62,254.40 - $76,544.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: September 13, 2019

Toxicologists are professional laboratory scientists responsible for conducting chemical and toxicological analysis as part of the investigation to determine the cause of death. Toxicologist I is the entry level class of the series. Incumbents work under immediate supervision and are expected to perform examination and analytical work in a progressively more independent manner.

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  • Conducts both routine and complex chemical examinations of tissues and body fluids to determine the presence and amount of toxic substances, in order to aid in establishing the cause and manner of death.
  • Conducts chemical examinations on both biological and non-biological samples in order to establish the use and misuse of dangerous drugs.
  • Conducts examinations involving research and development of toxicological techniques to be employed in the examination and analysis of common or unusual specimens.
  • Determines the presence and identity of poisons and drugs.
  • Prepares reports on findings, including analytical calculations, and maintains an accurate and precise record of all work performed.
  • Uses analytical balances, pH meters and other routine laboratory apparatus and specialized equipment such as thin-layer chromatography, high-pressure liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, spectrophotometer, immunoassay, and mass spectrometry.


  • Must meet California qualifications as a Forensic Alcohol Analyst at the time of appointment,
  • AND,
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency in chemistry, biochemistry, a physical or life science, or a closely related field. Course work must have included eight (8) semester/ twelve (12) quarter units of general chemistry AND three (3) semester/ four and a half (4.5) quarter units of quantitative analysis.
  • Note: Must meet California qualifications as a Forensic Alcohol Analyst at the time of appointment and obtain certification prior to the end of one (1) year probationary period. Applicants that currently have this certification are highly desirable.

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Posted: September 5, 2019

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