Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist I Toxicology

Sedgwick County, Wichita, Kansas

Salary: $42,890.00 annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Performs various analytical tests within the Toxicology Lab on biological samples and other evidence. These tests are performed according to established standard operating procedures as developed by either the Toxicology Laboratory Manager, Chief Toxicologist and/or the Director of the Regional Forensic Science Center laboratories. All guidelines must be followed set forth by the Toxicology Lab as well as the ASCLD/LAB International guidelines. Forensic Scientists may also present analytical findings in judicial proceedings, providing testimony and/or expert opinion.

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Examine, Test & Analyze Biologicals and/or Other Evidence
  • Performs liquid-liquid, solid supported liquid extraction and solid phase extractions on biological samples for the quantitation and/or confirmation of analytes of interest.
  • Operation of instrumentation including Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS), Gas Chromatograph/Flame Ionization Detector (GC/FID), Liquid Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (LC/MS), Gas Chromatograph/Nitrogen Phosphorus Detector (GC/NPD).
  • Performs routine screening analysis on biologicals using ELISA, EMIT, color tests and UV-VIS techniques.
  • Participates in internal and/or external proficiency testing.
  • Document and protect evidence according to laboratory procedures, ensuring chain of custody is maintained at all times.
  • Prepares calibrators, controls and reagents according to standard operating procedures.
  • Maintains documentation of all laboratory tests performed in the laboratory.
Quality Control, Interpretation of Results & General Laboratory Maintenance
  • Interpret laboratory findings and test results from evidentiary material analysis.
  • Follows all Standard Operating Procedures of the Toxicology Laboratory and the Regional Forensic Science Center.
  • Follows all Standard Operating Procedures put forth by the Quality Assurance and Quality Control Program.
  • Helps the Toxicology Laboratory maintain the ANAB Accreditation
  • Testify as a witness in a court of law in regards to analytical findings.
  • Ensures quality control procedures are followed in the Toxicology Laboratory.
  • Cleaning of glassware, disposing of biohazard trash, and general cleaning of the Toxicology Laboratory.
  • Creates Measurement of Uncertainty for all necessary results and maintains quality control of all Measurement of Uncertainty documents.
  • Documentation of all refrigerator/freezer temperatures and relative humidity in desiccators.
  • Confer with law enforcement agencies and/or attorneys in regards to test results and their interpretation.
Personal and Laboratory Development
  • Participates in continuing education and/or training including but not limited to workshops, seminars, professional conferences and meetings.
  • Participates in method development of new testing protocols in the Toxicology Laboratory.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • BS or BA degree in chemistry, biology, bio-chemistry, or a forensic related field. A minimum of two semesters of chemistry with an additional sixteen credit hours of chemistry is required.
  • Must possess a valid State of Kansas driver’s license or must obtain such a license within 90 days of employment.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Forensic Science or other appropriate field. One year of applicable laboratory experience.

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Posted: November 20, 2020

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