Employment Opportunity

Forensic Chemist

National Forensic Science Technology Center, Florida International University, Largo, Florida

Salary: $45,000 - $55,000 per year

Final Filing Date: April 14, 2021

Provides technical expertise in the area of forensic chemistry through activities including but not limited to design and delivery of scientific experiments; analysis and interpretation of data; instrumentation and materials readiness activities; and quality assurance activities. Provides support for technical content development and perform instruction delivery. Conducts research, testing, and evaluation activities and formal presentation of findings as required.

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  • Provides support for technical content development and/or accuracy review for training and technical materials.
  • Assists with the development and implementation of practical exercises and training scenarios that maintain relevancy with current operations of customers.
  • Provides input as needed to develop appropriate job aides and hands-on exercises.
  • Prepares required course materials, scenario/exercise setup, instrumentation readiness, sample and reagent preparation, etc.
  • Carry out assigned instruction and training activities for classroom, laboratory, and e-learning environments as directed.
  • Performs instruction assistance activities, such as technical demonstrations, student observation, and classroom support as needed.
  • Engages with students for learning support, progress evaluation, coaching and remedial learning, and required documentation.
  • Apply appropriate material revisions along with efficiency/effectiveness improvements per identified needs from course evaluation.
  • Ensure course-related supplies and materials are maintained in compliance with government contracts, order procurement, and inventory control procedures.
  • Performs subject matter research, experiment design, and experiment delivery as assigned.
  • Conducts data analysis and evaluation activities and prepare draft findings for review and incorporation into final presentation as directed.
  • Provides support for examination/screening of evidence including testing, analysis and results interpretation, analysis and comparison, and reporting conclusions.
  • Assure that quality standards are established and laboratory activities, logbooks, and documentation are completed and performed in accordance with NFSTC@FIU quality assurance guidelines, standardized lab protocols/practices, as well as quality assurance standards for chemical laboratories.
  • Carry out instrumentation maintenance activities and conduct troubleshooting as needed; provide liaison activities with service representatives.
  • Prepares reagents, samples, and other readiness materials as needed.
  • Prepares and package biohazard/chemical waste materials and liaise with vendor for pickup/disposal.
  • Performs hands-on activities for lab cleanliness, including but not limited to washing/storing glassware, ordering and stock lab supplies, etc.
  • Ensure laboratory safety protocol compliance and conduct routine safety inspections and documentation as assigned.
  • Provide chemistry subject matter expertise in support of project delivery as assigned.
  • Participates in cross-training and delivery of forensic science disciplines outside of subject matter expertise as requested/assigned.
  • Represents National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) as a subject matter expert in forensic chemistry through assigned community outreach activities.
  • Performs other related duties as required or as directed. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in biochemistry, chemistry, toxicology, forensic sciences or related field required.
  • Minimum of four (4) years hands-on experience in forensic analytical chemistry in a laboratory setting required.
Departmental Requirements
  • Knowledge and concepts based in a forensic chemistry discipline and utilization of analytical chemistry analyzers.
  • Ability to perform basic troubleshooting and maintenance on gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and other analytical equipment used in forensic chemistry laboratories.
  • Eligibility for Security Clearance issued by the Department of Defense.
Desired Qualifications
  • Proficiency with laboratory instrumentation and equipment such as analytical and top loading balances, basic colorimetric screening tests for drugs and or explosives, Thin-layer chromatography (TLC), spectroscopy based analyzers (Raman, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), ultraviolet┬┐visible spectrophotometry (UV-VIS), Gas chromatography (GC), Gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and Liquid chromatography - mass spectrometry (LC-MS).
  • Knowledge of and experience with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry methods.

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Posted: March 13, 2021

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