Employment Opportunity

Forensic Chemist II - Specialist

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: October 31, 2020

The Forensic Chemist II - Specialist, performs applied forensic research and disseminates results via submissions to appropriate peer-reviewed scientific journals. Reports to the Laboratory Manager, Drug Chemistry.

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  • Manages advanced instrumentation acquired by the DCL.
  • Develops and validates new methods for the identification and/or quantitation of analytes relevant to the DCL.
  • Remains knowledgeable with current literature and trends in drug analysis.
  • Make recommendations for technical and operational advancement of the DCL.
  • Problem solves and troubleshoots independently.
  • 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 provide testimony as an expert witness in legal proceedings.
  • Performs technical review of DCL casework.
  • Participates in training, competency testing and proficiency testing as required.
  • Operates and maintains laboratory instruments.
  • Assists in ensuring the laboratory remains in compliance with the ANAB accreditation guidelines.
  • Maintains American Board of Criminalistics certification and meets ANAB criteria by attending continuing education\training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, and professional meetings.
  • Rigorously follows all safety, analytical, and quality assurance/quality control protocols.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Drug Chemistry Lab Manager, Director of Toxicology and Chemistry or the Laboratory Director.
  • Routine Contacts: District attorneys, law enforcement officers, and defense attorneys regarding evidence, analytical methods and test results; educators and peers during professional training or participation in accreditation or certification visits.


  • M.S. in Chemistry or Forensic 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/2DUPgAE
  • Two (2) years of experience in the operation and maintenance of advanced analytical instrumentation.
Additional Requirements:
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Experience performing basic or applied scientific research in the fields of Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Toxicology.
  • Experience preparing scientific manuscripts and/or scientific research grants.
  • The incumbent will go through an initial training program according to established training procedures. The incumbent is also required to participate in continuing education programs attending a minimum of 8 hours instruction in relevant areas annually. This can be accomplished by attending in-house seminars or lectures, professional organization meetings, and/or technical training courses.
Required Certification and/or Licensure:
  • Certification in Drug Analysis from the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is required within two years of hire and must be maintained for the duration of employment.
  • This position also requires licensure by the Texas Forensic Science Commission; licensure must be maintained for the duration of employment.
Physical requirements:
  • Must be able to move and lift objects not heavier than 40 pounds.
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry.
  • Direct experience with liquid chromatography systems and tandem mass spectrometric instrumentation.
  • Experience using Agilent macros and automation, JusticeTrax LIMS and Mettler Toledo LabX.
  • Membership in a professional forensic organization such as AAFS or SWAFS.

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Posted: September 17, 2020

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