Employment Opportunity

Criminalist - Drug Identification

Iowa Department of Public Safety, Ankeny, Iowa

Salary: $60,028.80 - $92,352.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 26, 2021

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Collects and preserves evidence and conducts varied and complex forensic analyses and examinations of physical substances in the Division of Criminal Investigation Crime Laboratory or for the State Medical Examiner, or forensic examinations of electronic and digital media in the Division of Criminal Investigation Cyber Crime Unit, as a part of the scientific investigation of crimes; performs related work as required.
  • This position collects and preserves evidence and performs scientific analysis of physical materials in the investigation of crimes for the Division of Criminal Investigation Crime Laboratory; performs related work as required. Performs forensic science analysis, research and training; crime scene work; speaks to and trains peace officers and fire fighters; court testimony and report writing. This position will be assigned to the Controlled Substance Identification Section of the laboratory and must meet the criteria listed below.
  • Travel across the state of Iowa may be required for courtroom testimony and continuing education, with the potential to be away from the Des Moines area overnight on occasion. General work hours will be Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., however courtroom testimony responsibilities may require hours outside of these times.


Minimum Qualification Requirements
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics or a closely related physical or natural laboratory science;
  • OR
  • an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year of experience in a crime laboratory performing firearms identification, latent print identification, document examination, trace evidence, forensic toxicology, forensic serology, forensic photography, or crime scene investigation and forensic training, for one year (thirty semester hours) of the required education.
  • At a minimum a BA/BS degree or its equivalent degree in chemistry or a closely related physical science, biology, or forensic science related area. Preference will be given to candidates with a chemistry major or a strong academic background in chemistry in addition to previous GC/MS and HPLC experience. Applicants with strong competencies and experiences working with computer hardware and software systems would be helpful.
  • Ability to pass a thorough background investigation conducted by the Department of Public Safety.
Selectives 953 Chemistry Degree
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in chemistry or a closely related physical science including the following college coursework: general chemistry and lab, two semesters of organic chemistry and labs, quantitative analysis and lab, and instrumental analysis and lab.

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Posted: April 29, 2021

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