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Forensic Chemist I

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: November 7, 2020

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Duties:

  • 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.
  • Participates in training, competency testing and proficiency testing according to established protocols.
  • Operates and maintains laboratory instruments.
  • Assists in ensuring the laboratory remains in compliance with the ASCLD\LAB accreditation guidelines.
  • Maintains American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) certification and meets ASCLD/LAB criteria by attending continuing education\training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, and professional meetings.
  • Follows rigorously all Safety, Method Manual, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control protocols.
  • Performs 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 and test results or when subpoenaed to testify; educators and peers during professional training or participation in accreditation or certification visits.

Requirements:

Requirements
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science, Chemistry, or a related natural 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/2F7kZQb).
  • Must have at least two (2) years of experience with mass spectrometry (Undergraduate or graduate courses in Instrumental Analysis OR Mass Spectrometry may substitute for a portion of this experience).
  • Must have a minimum of sixteen-semester credit hours (or equivalent) in college-level chemistry coursework from an accredited university.
  • Must have a three-semester credit hour (or equivalent) college-level statistics course from an accredited university.
  • Certification in Drug Analysis from the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is required within three 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.
  • A valid driver's license. Upon hire, a Texas license must be obtained by start date.
Training:
  • The incumbent will go through an initial training program according to established training procedures, which lasts at least 3 months.
  • 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 meeting, and/or technical training courses.
Physical requirements:
  • Able to move and lift objects not heavier than 40 pounds.
Preferences
  • Master of Science degree in a science related field, preferably Chemistry.
  • Membership in a professional forensic organization such as AAFS or SWAFS.
  • Fluency in the use of Microsoft Office applications (especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and a LIMS database.
  • Liquid Chromatography and Infrared Spectroscopy experience is desired.

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Posted: October 8, 2020

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