Employment Opportunity

Drug Analysis Laboratory Forensic Chemist

Prince George County Police Department, Palmer Park, Maryland

Salary: $51,357.00 - $118,466.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 20, 2022

The incumbent is assigned to the Drug Analysis Laboratory where he/she conducts qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses, microscopic, chromatographic, and instrumental analyses of evidence submitted by law enforcement personnel. The analytical work involves contact with biohazards and exposure to chemical solvents and reagents. Employee will prepare summary findings and analytical reports and is required to appear as an expert witness in court. Work assignments require knowledge of Personnel Law, general orders and departmental rules regulations and ordinances and the ability to communicate well with others. Work is performed under the supervision of the Laboratory Manager.

The Incumbent in this position is authorized to carry out those duties and responsibilities in accordance with established performance standards and is subject to reporting and justifying task outcomes to those above him/her in the Department's chain of command. The incumbent must meet and maintain the training standards set forth by the Prince George's County Police Department. The incumbent treats all information, administrative or operational, as strictly confidential, not to be disseminated in any form unless expressly authorized. Confidential information may not be discussed with other County employees (including individuals in the Police Department), except for work-related reasons, under terms and conditions of the Maryland Public Information Act. The incumbent in this position is deemed “essential personnel” and is subject to report during standard or non-standard hours as operations necessitate.

Upon the satisfactory completion of a probationary period, entry level incumbents may be non-competitively promoted to the Forensic Chemist II full performance level at management's discretion.

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What You'll Do:
  • Conducts complex scientific analysis to detect the presence of controlled substances and/or related materials by following procedures, standards, and regulations as established by law, accreditation, and the Police Department.
  • Prepares and reviews technical reports on the findings and conclusions of forensic analysis.
  • Receives training in forensic drug analysis in order to complete the Prince George's County Drug Analysis Laboratory Forensic Chemist training program.
  • Completes the certification process as required by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH).
  • Testifies in court as required and confers with and/or advises Police Officers and Attorneys on the forensic aspect of cases.
  • Operates, cleans, and maintains laboratory equipment.
  • Performs simple troubleshooting of instruments and contacts manufacturer for service/repairs.
  • Follows laboratory safety protocols including the usage of appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Maintains current knowledge of departmental general orders, Forensic Science Division standard operating procedures, and the department's disciplinary manual, as they affect the internal disciplinary investigative process.
  • Willingly and properly performs tasks not specifically listed in this job description but are within the general occupational category and responsibility typically associated with the employee’s class of work.

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Drug Analysis Laboratory (DAL):
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Chemistry, Forensic Science, or other or other Physical Science related field including at least twenty four (24) semester hours in Chemistry.
  • Transcripts must be attached in order verify eligibility
  • Master's Degree in Chemistry, Forensic Science or other related field.
  • Previous experience performing forensic analysis of controlled dangerous substances
  • Current certification as a chemist from the Maryland Department of Health
  • Knowledge of instrumental analysis using Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), and Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS)
  • Previous experience testifying in court as an expert witness in the area of forensic drug analysis
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Upon selection, the candidate:
  • Must successfully pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Must pass a drug screening.
  • Must become certified as a Chemist by the Maryland Department of Health during the first year.
  • May be assigned shift work (days/evenings/weekends/holidays).
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

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Posted: April 12, 2022

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