Employment Opportunity

Forensic Analyst - Chemist

Aurora Police Department, Aurora, Colorado

Salary: $29.56 - $42.84 per hour

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The Crime Lab of the Aurora Police Department is looking for a Forensic Chemist to perform analysis of forensic evidence through a variety of methods including wet chemical analysis and/or instrumental analysis processing suspected drug evidence for latent print impressions using a variety of methods.

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  • Analyze suspected drug evidence for the presence of controlled substances as defined by the Colorado State Statutes and Federal Department of Justice
  • Analyze blood for the presence of ethanol in DUI cases and other criminal cases as requested
  • May analyze Fire Debris cases for the presence of accelerants to assist the Aurora Fire Department or Police Department in their investigations
  • May process various items of evidence for latent prints.
  • Issue reports regarding analysis of evidence
  • Maintain secure custody of evidence while in their custody
  • Assist and advise investigators and prosecuting attorneys regarding cases, results, and expected testimony
  • Testify as an expert witness in municipal, state, and federal courts as necessary regarding analysis
  • It may be necessary to assist processing crime scenes for evidence, photograph evidence, and prepare reports relating to duties performed as a Crime Scene Investigator
  • Perform additional duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, or directly related field
  • At least 2 years experience as a Forensic Chemist in a law enforcement laboratory or directly related environment
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.
Licenses and Certifications:
  • Colorado Driver License with good driving record
Knowledge of:
  • Wet chemistry techniques and instrumental analysis
  • Safe handling practices for chemicals in use by the laboratory
  • Investigative methods and techniques and rules of evidence
Abilities to:
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Organize and prioritize work
  • Properly use and maintain scientific equipment
  • Prepare reagents
  • Prepare accurate reports
  • Maintain secure custody of evidence while in their possession
  • Work independent of direct supervision
  • Testify effectively on scientific matters in judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings


Physical Demands:
  • Regular standing
  • Hand/eye coordination to operate computer, laboratory instruments, and other testing instruments
  • Foot/eye coordination to operate motor vehicle
  • Visual acuity correctable to 20/40 with no color impairment to interpret data
  • Speech communication, hearing, and listening to maintain communications with other employees and citizens
  • May be required to perform light to moderate physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 50 pounds with or without assistance.
Work Environment:
  • Works primarily in an office/laboratory environment with some work outdoors at crime scenes
  • Exposure to biohazard contamination, chemicals, odors, and noise
Equipment Used:
  • Computer
  • Laboratory instruments to include GC, GC/MS, FTIR, microscopes
  • Camera
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: October 11, 2019

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