Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist

Indiana State Department of Toxicology, Indianapolis, Indiana

Salary: This position will normally begin at $44,330.00 annually, but may be commensurate with education and experience.

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

As a Forensic Scientist for the Indiana State Department of Toxicology. Incumbent performs technical work, testing, and analyzing drugs and their metabolites for law enforcement and governmental agencies using instrumentation and analytical techniques. You will be called to testify as an expert in criminal trials, and maintain the chain of custody for medical legal sample submissions.

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The essential functions of this role are as follows:
  • Conduct forensic analysis on routine biological evidence.
  • Perform and interpret quality control procedures, instrument function checks, and necessary calibration adjustments as required.
  • Complete procedural testing within established time frames.
  • Review performance specifications and take corrective action when test results deviate from established specifications.
  • Correlate sample data information prior to reporting.
  • Maintain records to ensure proper documentation of activities and results.
  • Enter data accurately in a timely manner and in accordance with laboratory procedures.
  • Retrieve test results and other information on submitted evidence.
  • Communicate analytical procedures, methodologies, policies, and conclusions to various elements in the criminal justice system including court testimony as an expert witness.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all test results.
  • Operate various laboratory instruments, e.g.gas chromatographs, liquid chromatographs, and mass spectrometers.
  • Perform routine laboratory equipment maintenance.
  • Receive, inventory, and record submitted evidence and maintain strict legal accountability and custody of physical evidence to ensure it's court admissibility.
  • Adhere to and support applicable standard operating procedures and examination protocols that apply.
  • Assure that all documentation derived from testing procedures is maintained.
  • Participate in continuing education and training programs in the analysis of biological materials.
  • Participate in proficiency testing to document and verify accuracy and competency in performing analyses.
  • Follow established laboratory safety guidelines.
  • Perform other duties as required.


What You'll Need for Success:
  • Bachelor Degree in chemistry, forensic science, or biology, with a concentration in chemistry or toxicology.
  • Basic knowledge of the theory and practical operation of a variety of scientific instrumentation and analytical techniques.
  • Ability to testify as an expert witness in an objective and professional manner.
  • Ability to perform scientific procedures following Laboratory Test Methods.
  • Ability to comprehend, demonstrate, and explain the theory and practical operation of a variety of scientific instruments and analytical techniques.
  • Ability to communicate scientific information effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to operate and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to adhere to established laboratory safety practices.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

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How to apply: Apply online

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Posted: October 13, 2021

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