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Forensic Chemist III

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: February 21, 2020

The Forensic Chemist III Reports to the Laboratory Manager, Drug Chemistry.

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  • Performs chemical analysis of tablets, powders, liquids and plant material to identify controlled and non-controlled substances as well as dangerous drugs.
  • Prepares written reports that support the analytical findings and provides testimony as an expert witness in legal proceedings.
  • Participates in training, competency testing and proficiency testing according to established protocols.
  • Operates and maintains laboratory instruments.
  • Assists in ensuring the laboratory remain in compliance with the ASCLD\LAB accreditation guidelines.
  • Maintains American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) certification and meets ASCLD/LAB criteria by attending continuing education\training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, and professional meetings.
  • Follows rigorously all Safety, Method Manual, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control protocols.
  • Participates in initial training programs according to established procedures, which last at least three (3) months.
  • Participates in continuing education programs attending a minimum of eight (8) hours instruction in relevant areas annually by attending in-house seminars or lectures, professional organization meetings, and/or technical courses.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Drug Chemistry Lab Manager, Director of Toxicology and Chemistry, or the Laboratory Director.
  • Routine Contacts: Frequent contact with district attorneys, law enforcement officers and defense attorneys regarding evidence and test results or when subpoenaed to testify; educators and peers during professional training or participation in accreditation or certification visits.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science, Chemistry, or related natural science; and meet the Seized Drug Analyst coursework requirements outlined in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Part 15, Chapter 651, Subchapter C, Rule ยง651.207 (https://bit.ly/2OQ83O4).
    • Successful completion of a minimum of sixteen (16) semester credit hours (or equivalent) in college-level chemistry coursework above general coursework from an accredited university.
    • Successful completion of a three (3) semester credit hour (or equivalent) college-level statistics course from an accredited university.
  • Two (2) years of experience with mass spectrometry (undergraduate or graduate courses in Instrumental Analysis or Mass Spectrometry may substitute for a portion of this experience).
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Master of Science degree in a science related field, preferably Chemistry.
  • Liquid Chromatography and Infrared Spectroscopy experience.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications (especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and a LIMS database.
  • Membership in a professional forensic organization such as the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) or the Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (SWAFS).
Additional Requirements:
  • Licensure by the Texas Forensic Science Commission; licensure must be maintained for the duration of employment.
  • Certification in Drug Analysis from the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is required within three (3) years of hire and must be maintained for the duration of employment.
Required Training:
  • The incumbent will go through an initial training program according to established training procedures, which lasts at least three (3) months.
  • Participates in continuing education programs attending a minimum of eight (8) hours instruction in relevant areas annually. This can be accomplished by attending in-house seminars or lectures, professional organization meeting, and/or technical training courses.
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to move and lift objects not heavier than 40 pounds.

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Posted: November 21, 2019

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