Employment Opportunity

Forensic Chemist I or II

Rapid City Police Department, Rapid City, South Dakota

Salary: $1,994.58 - $2,553.24 Biweekly

Final Filing Date: Continuous

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Level I: (Staring at $1994.58 Bi-weekly)
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative testing on evidentiary items with analytical instrumentation and techniques that includes but is not limited to Headspace-Gas Chromatography (HSGC), Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GCMS), and UV-Visible spectroscopy (UV-vis).
  • Perform basic maintenance on all analytical instrumentation.
  • Operate standard laboratory equipment including (but not limited to) analytical pipettes, balances, and auto dilutors.
  • Perform technical reviews on data packets prepared by other Forensic Chemists.
  • Perform all tests according to established Standard Operating Procedures, including all necessary quality control.
  • Update as necessary quality control charts and uncertainty calculations.
  • Interpret test results, forms conclusions and prepares reports according to established procedures. Interact with law enforcement personnel, attorneys, and others to provide information or consultation about test results and other relative scientific topics.
  • Testify as an expert witness with respect to the qualitative and quantitative instrumental analysis of evidentiary samples including controlled substances and blood alcohol samples.
Level II: ((Staring at $2553.24 Bi-weekly)
  • All essential duties listed under Level I.
  • Help to develop and then implements and oversees laboratory quality control and quality assurance programs in forensic analyses to ensure accuracy of results.
  • Responsible for ensuring all necessary equipment maintenance is performed on the analytical instrumentation and updating all necessary equipment maintenance logs and procedures.
  • Responsible for ensuring adequate supplies for testing are on hand at all times; this includes updating the chemical inventory.
  • Ability to direct or participate in the development of new laboratory methods; make changes which impact existing guidelines or laboratory policies, and may serve as a lead worker over other laboratory staff.
  • May take on additional laboratory responsibilities such as Safety Officer or Quality Manager
  • Assist the Laboratory director in ensuring all ANAB accreditation requirements are being met and participating in inspections/audits.
  • Responsible for providing testimony on ethanol pharmacokinetics/extrapolations with respect to blood alcohol testing.
  • Responsible for training new Forensic Chemists to competency.
  • Provide training to outside agencies, including local States Attorney Offices, Grand Juries, and other local law enforcement agencies.
  • Speak to public organizations on Forensic Chemistry, evidence or other forensic related topics.
  • This position requires flexibility to work limited occasional evening and weekend hours, and may require limited out of town travel for providing testimony and/or attending training seminars, conferences or department business.
  • This role includes a variety of responsibilities and requires a high degree of sensitivity with confidential matters, including forensic evidence.


Education and/or Experience: Level I:
  • Bachelors, Master's, or Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or a closely related field with specific course work in analytical and instrumental chemistry or a relevant combination of education and experience deemed acceptable by the hiring authority.
Level II: Must meet Level I requirements and
  • 2-5 years’ experience working in an accredited forensic testing laboratory doing HSGC testing of BAC samples, or GCMS testing of controlled substances.
  • Must be able to demonstrate an expert understanding of analytical chemistry, quality assurance and control, and should have testimony experience.
  • Experience in other accredited non-forensic testing laboratories will also be considered.
Preferred experience for both levels:
  • Experience in Headspace Gas Chromatography as well as an understanding of pharmacokinetics of ethanol as it relates to BAC extrapolations, experience as an expert witness with respect to blood alcohol analysis and ethanol extrapolations, or experience in the use of analytical instrumentation, including Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry, in the identification of unknown drug samples, and experience as an expert witness with respect to unknown drug analysis.
  • Must possess a valid South Dakota driver's license or ability to obtain within 30 days from date of hire.

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Posted: September 14, 2020

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