Employment Opportunity

Drug Chemist II

Dallas County Crime Laboratory, Dallas, Texas

Salary: $4,708.42 - $5,873.36 per month

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Performs complex analytical procedures to determine the presence and quantity of suspected controlled substances and other forensic specimens. Maintains, troubleshoots and repairs specialized instrumentation. Interprets and evaluates analytical results for reporting purposes. Reviews and evaluates case contents and prepares written reports and testifies in legal proceedings.

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  • Analyzes forensic specimens submitted by law enforcement personnel, forensic pathologists and other submitters to determine the presence and quantity of suspected controlled substances selects specimen for testing performs calculations evaluates, interprets and reports findings testifies as required.
  • Maintains, calibrates, troubleshoots and repairs specialized laboratory instrumentation maintains familiarity with instrumentation theory and operation assesses instrument performance and specimen results to facilitate maintenance and repair activities.
  • Prepares reagents and standards maintains adequate level of supplies and parts.
  • Participates in Quality Management Program performs analyses in accordance with standard operating procedures works in a manner consistent with current applicable accreditation and Laboratory standards.
  • Follows good laboratory practice participates in the Institute Environmental, Health, and Safety and Security Programs.
  • Assists in the validation of new analytical procedures remains current in technical knowledge participates in new employee training.
  • Maintains care, custody and control of evidence to meet Laboratory, legal, and current accreditation standards.
  • Manages time and resources and interacts with coworkers, managers, and others to further the mission of the Institute and Dallas County.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry or in a related field of study.
  • Two (2) work related experience.
  • Ability to operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and/or repair specialized laboratory instrumentation degree level knowledge of applicable scientific disciplines skilled in the use of standard laboratory techniques working knowledge of chemical and biological safe handling procedures ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, departments and the general public.
  • Must have a valid Class Texas Driver's License and good driving record. Will be required to provide a copy of 10-year driving history. Must maintain a good driving record and remain in compliance with Article II, Subdivision II of Chapter 90 of the Dallas County Code. Must have reliable transportation.
  • Must pass an extensive background investigation.
  • The employee is routinely required to work in areas with potential exposure to biological and/or chemical hazards. The employee is required to follow good laboratory practices and safety precautions including the use of personal protective equipment.
  • Requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, and the ability to lift files, boxes, and other materials up to 50 lbs., unassisted.
Additional Details
  • An extensive pre-employment background investigation will be conducted on all applicants who have been offered a position with Dallas County. The hiring process involves successful completion of each step. The steps include: Criminal History Review, Traffic Violations Record, Review of Personal History Statement and Documents, Physical Examination, and Background Investigation.
  • Dallas County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, National Service Alumni volunteers, and persons with a criminal background are encouraged to apply.

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Posted: September 7, 2019

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