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Forensic Scientist Chemistry Supervisor

New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Hobbs, New Mexico

Salary: $54,786 - $95,326 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous Job Opening

The Purpose of this Position is to assign and directly supervise the work of forensic drug chemists in the Controlled Substances Analysis Unit related to the investigation of crimes, and receive and maintain physical evidence custody, prepare reports to document findings and provide expert witness testimony regarding findings in court.

The Chemistry Section Forensic Scientist Supervisor devotes a substantial portion of time assigning and directly supervising the work of forensic drug chemists in the Controlled Substances Analysis Unit related to the investigation of crimes. Forensic Scientists in the Department of Public Safety support the New Mexico law enforcement community in the investigation of crimes by receiving and maintaining physical evidence custody; preparing reports that document their findings; provide expert opinions in their scientific specialization to investigators; and provide expert witness testimony regarding their findings in a court of law.

The Chemistry Forensic Scientist Supervisor is a working supervisor, meaning the supervisor conducts examinations using various chemical and instrumental analyses, performs tests on substances submitted for analysis and identification, as well as technically and administratively reviews the work of other forensic drug chemists. Common evidence generally consists of assorted powders, crystalline substances, tablets, capsules, liquids or plant materials. Scientists utilize a battery of chemical and chromatographic tests to determine whether controlled substances may be present in items submitted as evidence. Positive identifications of controlled substances are achieved using Fourier-transform Infrared (FTIR) and Gas Chromatography/Mass-Spectrometry {GC-MS) instrumentation. Forensic Scientist Chemistry Supervisors provide expert witness testimony regarding their findings in courts throughout New Mexico.

THIS POSTING WILL BE USED TO CONDUCT ONGOING RECRUITMENT AND WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THIS VACANCY HAS BEEN FILLED.

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Duties:

This position will be responsible for the following:
  • The position is responsible for utilizing a battery of screening, chemical and chromatographic tests to determine whether controlled substances may be present in items submitted as evidence; analyzing assorted powders, crystalline substances, tablets, capsules, liquids or plant materials to determine whether controlled substances may be present in items submitted as evidence; producing formal reports that accurately identify and analyze controlled substance evidence to determine their significance to the investigation; presenting the results, conclusions and expert opinions in the scientific analysis of controlled substances; providing expert witness testimony regarding their findings in courts of law throughout the State of New Mexico; and performing Quality Assurance/Quality Control to assure quality analysis, evidence integrity and maintain accreditation standards; as well as continue training, to develop competency and proficiency in their area of specialization specifically, controlled substances/drug chemistry analysis.

Requirements:

Ideal Candidate
  • The Ideal Candidate would have a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology or Forensic Science and six (6) years of experience working in a forensic laboratory performing independent scientific analysis of forensic evidence, and one (1) year forensic expert witness testimony experience and three (3) years of supervisory experience.
  • The Ideal Candidate will also have the following skills, knowledge and abilities:
    • Conduct presumptive tests to on suspected controlled substances using various chemical techniques and TruNarc Raman spectroscopy
    • Identify controlled substances utilizing gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GD-MS) and Fourier transform infrared detector (FT-IR instrumentation
    • Quantify methamphetamine utilizing high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
    • Provide expert witness testimony (testifying in court of law)
    • Write laboratory reports
Minimum Qualification
  • For Chemists, a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry or in Biology or Forensic Science which must include a minimum of 20 credit hours of chemistry coursework.

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Posted: October 19, 2021

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