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Toxicologist 1

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: May 1, 2021

The Toxicologist 1 is an early-career forensic toxicologist, expected to operate analytical instrumentation, critically assess analytical data, report test findings, and render expert opinions and testimony in court concerning tests performed in the laboratory.

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  • Conducts ethanol and volatile testing on toxicological evidence submitted by medical examiners and law enforcement agencies.
  • Performs liquid-liquid and solid phase extractions for screening and confirmation testing.
  • Operates headspace GC/FID, GC/MS, GC/MS/MS, LC/MS/MS and/or LC/TOF MS instrumentation.
  • Processes and reviews instrumental data, prepares calibration curves and identifies/quantifies target drugs in control and specimen chromatograms.
  • Performs screening tests including ELISA, CO-oximetry and chemistries.
  • Reports results supported by analytical findings.
  • Performs batch review and case review.
  • May perform expert review of casework.
  • Performs and documents routine maintenance, troubleshooting and minor repair of analytical devices and instrumentation.
  • Receives, inventories and properly stores toxicological evidence; maintains accurate chain of custody records from evidence receipt to final disposition.
  • Prepares laboratory reagents and maintains supplies in accordance with laboratory procedures.
  • Performs routine laboratory upkeep duties such as cleaning glassware, discarding biohazard trash, organizing laboratory work and storage areas, and maintaining laboratory cleanliness.
  • Performs quality assurance/quality control procedures on reagents, equipment and instruments as necessary.
  • Participates in training, competency testing and proficiency testing according to established protocols. Performs and documents casework duties in accordance with laboratory procedures with minimal errors and no pattern of deficiencies.
  • Assists in ensuring conformance to laboratory accreditation standards. Maintains professional certification and licensure.
  • Attends continuing education/training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and professional meetings as time and resources allow.
  • Follows rigorously all safety manuals, standard operating procedures and quality assurance/quality control protocols.
  • Keeps management abreast of information critical to the proper planning and coordination of laboratory operation and communicates with other lab personnel.
  • Provides expert testimony in a court of law when subpoenaed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by laboratory management.
Routine Contacts:
  • District attorneys, law enforcement officers and defense attorneys regarding evidence and test procedures when subpoenaed to testify; educators and peers during professional training or participation in accreditation visits.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biology, toxicology or a closely related field from an accredited university AND meet the Toxicology Analyst (General, Non-interpretive) coursework requirements outlined in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Part 15, Chapter 651, Subchapter C, Rule ยง651.207. (https://bit.ly/3fAQkdX).
  • Two (2) years of experience in a clinical or forensic toxicology laboratory.
  • Master's or Doctoral degree in chemistry, biology, toxicology, or a closely related field from an accredited university will substitute for the required two (2) years of experience in a clinical or forensic toxicology laboratory.
  • Knowledge of the basic theoretical principles and applications of instrumentation (immunoassay, UV-visible spectrophotometry, headspace GC/FID, GC/MS, GC/MS/MS, LC/MS/MS and/or LC/TOF MS) and methodologies used to analyze toxicological samples.
  • Experience operating and maintaining instrumentation listed above.
  • A valid Driver's License.
  • Membership in a relevant professional organization within one year from date of hire.
  • Certification by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) within three years from date of hire or eligibility, whichever is later, to be maintained for the duration of employment.
  • This position also requires appropriate licensure by the Texas Forensic Science Commission within the first year of employment, and maintained for the duration of employment.
  • NOTE: If the analyst will perform expert review, he/she must also meet the Toxicology Analyst (Interpretive) coursework requirements.
Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to move and lift objects not heavier than 45 pounds.
  • Completion of a documented training program in forensic toxicology.
  • Courtroom testimony experience.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with ChemStation, MassHunter and/or Analyst data processing software and JusticeTrax LIMS strongly desired.

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Posted: April 5, 2021

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