Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist - Seized Drug Analysis

Houston Forensic Science Center, Houston, Texas

Salary: Houston Forensic Science Center offers a competitive salary and benefit package

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under the direction of the Manager of Seized Drugs, the Forensic Analyst performs routine to moderately complex analyses of evidence for the presence of suspected controlled substances.

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Specific duties may include, but are not limited to, performing the following:
  • Document all evidence promptly immediately upon receipt.
  • Analyze evidence for the presence of controlled substances using established procedures and guidelines, keep precise records, and develop scientific conclusions.
  • Generate accurate reports within 48 hours of the completion of analysis.
  • Secure, preserve, inventory, and store evidence according to established procedures.
  • Always maintain security and chain-of-custody documentation of evidence.
  • Perform basic maintenance and calibration of instrumentation as well as necessary quality control checks and complete appropriate documentation.
  • Provide technical assistance to stakeholders including but not limited to law enforcement agencies and civic groups.
  • Provide accurate and effective expert testimony in court regarding the scientific conclusions obtained from the analysis of evidence.
  • Participate in laboratory projects and complete tasks assigned by the supervisor.


  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, or forensic chemistry. A Master’s degree is strongly preferred. College coursework should include a minimum of 30 hours of chemistry as well as 3 hours of Statistics and meet the education requirement for the Texas Forensic Science Commission for a Seized Drug Analyst. Transcripts are required for review.
  • No experience is required at entry level; however, work or internship experience in a forensic environment is strongly preferred.
  • Working knowledge and experience with a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with frequent interruptions and changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective communications and working relationships with fellow staff members, internal clients, and external clients.
  • Working knowledge of principles, practices, and terminology of analytical chemistry.

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Posted: December 30, 2021

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