Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist 2 Chemistry Analyst

New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Salary: $47,510 - $82,667 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Forensic Scientists serve as specialists in an area of expertise/scientific discipline and are responsible for identifying and analyzing physical evidence related to their specialization that is collected from criminal investigations. Forensic Scientists in the Department of Public Safety support the New Mexico law enforcement community in the investigation of crimes by receiving and maintaining physical evidence custody; preparing reports that document their findings; provide expert opinions In their scientific specialization to Investigators; and provide expert witness testimony regarding their findings in a court of law.


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  • The Chemistry Analyst will perform analysis of controlled substance evidence, independently collect, classify, identify and analyze controlled substance evidence related to criminal investigations.
  • The Chemistry Analyst is responsible for producing formal reports that accurately identify and analyze physical evidence to determine their significance to the investigation; present their results, conclusions and expert opinion in the scientific analysis of the controlled substance evidence; provide forensic expert witness testimony regarding their findings in courts of law throughout the State of New Mexico; and perform Quality Assurance/Quality Control to assure quality analysis, evidence integrity, and maintain accreditation standards.


Ideal Candidate
  • The Chemistry Analyst must have successfully passed and completed at least twenty (20) credit hours of college-level chemistry coursework.
  • The Ideal Candidate would have prior work experience and working knowledge in the following:
    • Determining the identity of an unknown substance
    • Conducting tests to measure concentrations of controlled substances
    • Writing laboratory reports
    • Retrieving, analyzing and comparing unknown substances
    • Experience in testifying in a court of law
Minimum Qualification F
  • or Chemists, a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry or in Biology of Forensic Science which must include a minimum of 20 credit hours of chemistry coursework.
  • Four (4) years of experience working in a forensics laboratory performing scientific analysis of forensic evidence, including one (1) year independent case work analysis.
Working Conditions
  • Work is performed in a forensic laboratory setting with exposure to chemicals, biological fluids including exposure to noise from equipment and instruments utilized in the laboratory.
  • Work is performed under stressful situations with strict deadlines. Frequent walking, standing, sitting and bending is required, and have the ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs.

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Posted: October 27, 2020

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