Employment Opportunity

Forensic Science Technician - Toxicology

Iowa Department of Public Safety, Des Moines, Iowa

Salary: $40,227.20 - $59,612.80 Annually

Final Filing Date: December 22, 2019

The Iowa Department of Public Safety is looking to fill a Forensic Science Technician - Toxicology to assist the state.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • This position will primarily serve to manage toxicology samples, typically in blood and urine matrices, for Criminalists working in this section. This will include obtaining samples from our laboratory's evidence room, opening the items, taking notes and communicating with stakeholders to clarify case information as needed. Other duties will include reagent preparation, ordering of supplies, scanning of case related information and inventory updates of equipment and supplies. Job duties could include some help with screening these samples for drugs of abuse. Additionally, testifying in court proceedings is required to both convey how these toxicology samples were handled.
  • Other duties may include training of law enforcement, attorneys and other related parties as well as other special projects related to the work performed in Toxicology.
  • Travel across the state of Iowa may be required for courtroom testimony with the potential to be away from the Des Moines area overnight on occasion.
  • General work hours will be Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., however courtroom testimony responsibilities may require hours outside of these times.

Job description


  • General instrumental analysis and laboratory skills are necessary.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with an academic background in toxicology and analytical chemistry, as well as experience with troubleshooting scientific instrumentation.
  • Successful applicant must pass thorough background investigation conducted by the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
  • Applicants may attach a resume/cover letter to the online application.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
  • Applicants must possess an associate's degree with an emphasis in laboratory technology, chemistry, biology, physics, or a related field to qualify for positions in this job classification.

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Posted: November 29, 2019

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