Employment Opportunity


Forensic Scientist - Toxicology

Virginia Department of Forensic Science, Roanoke, Virginia

Salary: $52,676 - $92,529 per year

Final Filing Date: September 30, 2021

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science is seeking a qualified applicant to perform toxicology analyses at the Western Laboratory located in Roanoke.

If a fully qualified Forensic Scientist candidate cannot be found, the position will be filled as a Forensic Scientist Trainee at a salary of $44,472. The training will last approximately 9 to 12 months, dependent upon the qualifications of the successful candidate.

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Duties:

  • The successful candidate will independently perform chemical analyses of human fluids and tissues in death and criminal investigations using chemical and instrumental methodologies, prepare Certificates of Analyses on findings for use in the criminal justice system, and provide court testimony on analytical results.
  • Occasional overnight travel is required and employee will provide own transportation as required.

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field with coursework in general, organic and analytical chemistry
  • Experience handling human biological samples
  • Work experience in a forensic toxicology laboratory that includes successful completion of a documented training program and/or demonstration of competency
  • Knowledge of the theoretical principles and applications of instrumentation and methodologies used to analyze toxicological samples
  • Experience using basic laboratory equipment and analytical instrumentation (i.e., immunoassay, HPLC, GC/MS, GC/FID and GC/NPD)
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and work efficiently, keep accurate records, accurately analyze, interpret data and develop conclusions
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and defend scientific findings in court
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety and quality assurance/quality control procedures
  • Valid driver’s license and/or other means of reliable transportation
Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in related field
  • Experience using advanced laboratory equipment/instrumentation such as LC/MS/MS, LC-QTOF-MS
  • Experience presenting testimony in a court of law as an expert witness
  • Work experience in a forensic science laboratory accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025 Standard
  • Involvement with ANAB accreditation criteria
  • Certification by a national forensic toxicology certification board, such as, American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT)
If a fully qualified Forensic Scientist candidate cannot be found, the position will be filled as a Forensic Scientist Trainee at a salary of $44,472. The training will last approximately 9 to 12 months, dependent upon the qualifications of the successful candidate. The Trainee must meet the degree and course qualifications listed above. Preferred qualifications include:
  • Experience in a Toxicology laboratory environment
  • Experience in an accredited laboratory (working and/or internship)

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Posted: September 7, 2021

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