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Forensic Scientist - Controlled Substances

Virginia Department of Forensic Science, Manassas, Virginia

Salary: $55,310 - $97,155 per year

Final Filing Date: November 19, 2019

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science is seeking a qualified individual to perform forensic chemical analyses of suspected controlled substances in the Northern Regional Laboratory located in Manassas.

If a fully qualified Forensic Scientist candidate cannot be found, the position will be filled as a Forensic Scientist Trainee at a salary of $46,696.

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Duties:

The successful candidate will:
  • Use current state-of-the-art methodologies and instrumentation to analyze controlled substances;
  • Prepare Certificates of Analyses on findings for use by the criminal justice system;
  • Testify in court as a qualified expert for the Commonwealth at criminal proceedings as to the results of laboratory findings and perform other duties assigned.
  • Position requires occasional overnight travel.
  • Employee will provide own transportation as required.

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or other related science with sufficient chemistry courses (minimally, general, organic and analytical)
  • Successful completion of a formal documented casework training program from an accredited forensic laboratory in forensic drug analysis and/or demonstration of competency
  • Work experience in forensic drug analysis
  • Knowledge of basic theoretical principles and applications of the instrumentation and methodologies used to analyze controlled substances (e.g., Color Tests, TLC, GC, GC/MS, FTIR)
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures; quality assurance/quality control and laboratory practices; instrumental analysis and experience in forensic drug analysis required
  • Must be able to analyze data, develop sound conclusions, maintain accurate records, and solve technical problems
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Valid driver’s license required
Preferred Qualifications
  • An advanced degree in a related scientific field
  • Work experience presenting testimony in a court of law as an expert witness
  • Work experience in a forensic science laboratory accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025 Standard
  • Involvement with ANAB and/or ASCLD/LAB accreditation criteria
  • Experience in forensic related teaching/training
If a fully qualified Forensic Scientist candidate cannot be found, the position will be filled as a Forensic Scientist Trainee at a salary of $46,696. The training will last approximately 9 to 12 months, dependent upon the qualifications of the successful candidate. The Trainee must meet the minimum degree and course qualifications listed above. Preferred qualifications include:
  • Experience in a Controlled Substances laboratory environment
  • Experience in an accredited laboratory (working and/or internship)

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Posted: November 6, 2019

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