Employment Opportunity

Criminal Forensic Scientist-Chemistry

New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Salary: $72,800 - $145,600 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 1, 2024

This Criminal Forensic Scientists - Chemist performs analysis of controlled substance evidence; the incumbent will be responsible for independently collecting, classifying, identifying, and analyzing controlled substance evidence related to criminal investigations; testify as expert witnesses regarding the techniques used, results /conclusions made and chain of custody of evidence items; conduct peer reviews of chemistry casework and testify to results as needed; order supplies/consumables and perform regular instrument maintenance; assist with external quality assessments related to accreditation and compliance with quality standards; conduct controlled substance inventory; maintain a cohesive work environment that encourages professionalism, excellent customer service and exemplifies code of conduct. Maintain accreditation standards throughout.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


The position will be responsible for:
  • Producing formal reports that accurately identify and analyze physical evidence to determine their significance to the investigation;
  • Presenting the results, conclusions and expert opinion in the scientific analysis of the controlled substance evidence;
  • Providing expert witness testimony regarding their findings in courts of law throughout the State of New Mexico;
  • Performing QA/QC to assure quality analysis, evidence integrity, and maintain accreditation standards

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


Ideal Candidate
  • Determine the identity of an unknown substance.
  • Testimony (testifying in a court of law).
  • Write laboratory report.
  • Experience in an accredited forensic laboratory?
  • How many years of experience do you have working in an accredited forensic laboratory?
Minimum Qualification
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. One (1) year of laboratory experience may be substituted for each year of required education.

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Posted: February 5, 2024

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