Employment Opportunity

Forensic Chemist

State Health Lab, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Salary: $4,429.06 - $5,707.55 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled

The Wyoming Department of Health, Chemical Testing Program seeks an experienced forensic chemist (Laboratory Scientist II) desiring to work with a team of scientists conducting high complexity tests for licit and illicit compounds in human biological samples. The scope of work includes using mass spectrometry techniques (e.g. GC/MS, LC/MS, and GC-FID) to identify drugs of abuse in complex sample matrices, reviewing the work of forensic technicians and toxicologists, providing consultative services to multiple state agencies, training Senior Operators of the Intoximeter EC/IR II, and providing expert testimony in court.

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  • Analyze human biological samples for the presence of alcohol and drugs utilizing complex analytical instrumentation including gas chromatography, gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer, headspace gas chromatography, ion trap, liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer, and immunoassay analyzer.
  • Perform secondary review of results generated by Scientists and Senior Scientists prior to reporting, ensuring data interpretation is 100% accurate and ensuring that the legal chain of custody has been maintained.
  • Provide consulting and expert courtroom testimony, which may require traveling throughout the state to each requesting jurisdiction.
  • Teach training courses to requesting jurisdictions online and in-person.
  • Perform process improvement and new assay development to meet the evolving needs of existing state partners.
  • Perform preventative maintenance on complex analytical equipment to include headspace gas chromatograph, gas chromatograph, gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer, gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer with Dean switch, automated pipette, liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer, and enzyme immunoassay analyzer. Perform annual certifications of instrumentation in the field, which may require travel throughout the state.
  • Attend external courses, seminars, and meetings to further develop knowledge, skills, networking, and program visibility.
  • Cross-train with the Microbiology Program to provide increased testing capacity for COVID-19 samples and/or other sample types. This work may require work on nights and weekends.


  • Preference may be given to candidates with previous experience as a forensic technician and/or specific training on mass spectrometry instrumentation.
  • Knowledge of skills necessary for good oral and written communication.
  • Ability to embrace new technologies as the agency seeks to improve testing capabilities.
  • Knowledge of chemistry, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, and immunoassays.
  • Skills in data processing and analysis.
  • Experience with laboratory information management systems (LIMS).


  • Bachelor's Degree (typically in Science)
  • 0-3 years of progressive work experience (typically in a medical or environmental laboratory) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Laboratory Scientist I
  • OR
  • Education & Experience Substitution: 4-6 years of progressive work experience (typically in a medical or environmental laboratory) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Laboratory Scientist I

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Posted: June 20, 2020

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