Employment Opportunity

Criminalist - Toxicology

Iowa Department of Public Safety, Ankeny, Iowa

Salary: $60,694.40 - $93,371.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: August 22, 2021

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  • This position will primarily serve to screen and confirm toxicology samples, typically in blood and urine matrices, for the presence and/or quantity of alcohol and drugs of abuse. Additionally, testifying in court proceedings is required to both convey results of testing as well as testify to the effects of alcohol and drugs in the body and their potential role in impairment.
  • Other duties may include training of law enforcement, attorneys and other related parties as well as other special projects related to the work performed in Toxicology.
  • 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.


  • Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree chemistry, biology, or a related field to qualify for positions in this job classification. General instrumental analysis and laboratory skills are necessary.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with an advanced degree in chemistry, toxicology, or a related field and experience with similar laboratory testing and related scientific instrumentation.
  • Ability to pass a thorough background check conducted by the Iowa Dept of Public Safety.
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.
Additional Qualification Requirements
  • All applicants for this class must be able to pass a thorough background investigation conducted by the Division of Criminal Investigation.
  • Applicants must be available to travel and may be required to stay away from home overnight during assignments.

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Posted: July 21, 2021

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