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Forensic Scientist Drug Chemist

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

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

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The Forensic Drug Chemist performs tests on substances submitted for analysis and identification and technically and administratively reviews the work of other Forensic Drug Chemists. Common evidence generally consists of assorted powders, crystalline substances, tablets, capsules, liquids or plant materials. Scientists utilize a battery of chemical and chromatographic tests to determine whether controlled substances may be present in items submitted as evidence. Positive identifications of controlled substances are achieved using Fourier-transform Infrared (FTIR) and Gas Chromatography/Mass-Spectrometry (GC-MS) instrumentation. Also, the Forensic Drug Chemist provides expert witness testimony regarding their findings in courts throughout New Mexico.

THIS POSTING WILL BE USED TO CONDUCT ONGOING RECRUITMENT AND WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THIS VACANCY HAS BEEN FILLED

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Duties:

The Forensic Drug Chemist is responsible for the following:
  • Utilizing a battery of screening chemical and chromatographic tests to determine whether controlled substances may be present in items submitted as evidence
  • Analyzing assorted powders, crystalline substances, tablets, capsules, liquids or plant materials to determine whether controlled substances may be present in items submitted as evidence
  • Producing formal reports that accurately identify and analyze controlled substance evidence to determine their significance to the investigation
  • Presenting the results, conclusions and expert opinions in the scientific analysis of controlled substances
  • Providing expert witness testimony regarding their findings in courts of law throughout the State of New Mexico
  • Performing quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) to assure quality analysis, evidence integrity, and maintain accreditation standards
  • Continue training to develop competency and proficiency in their area of specialization, specifically controlled substances / drug chemistry analysis forth is position, as required.

Requirements:

Ideal Candidate
  • Determine the identity of unknown substances
  • Conduct tests to analyze controlled substances / drug chemistry analysis
  • Screening, utilizing chemical and chromophoric tests and identification using Fourier-transform Infrared (FTIR) and Gas Chromatography/Mass-Spectrometry (GC-MS) instrumentation
  • Ability to testify in a court of law
  • Write laboratory reports
Minimum Qualification
  • For 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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