Employment Opportunity

Toxicology Technician

Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, Texas

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Final Filing Date: April 30, 2023

The Toxicology Technician (Technician 2) is an entry level position in forensic toxicology, expected to operate basic analytical instrumentation, report findings, prepare evidence for analysis, receive evidence, and maintain laboratory supplies of reagents and consumable items.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Casework analysis and reporting:
  • Performs toxicological analyses including ELISA, CO-oximetry, and chemistries; critically evaluates instrumental data; reports results supported by analytical findings
Laboratory support:
  • Performs sample preparation techniques; receives, inventories, and stores evidence; prepares test reagents and maintains supplies
  • Performs laboratory upkeep duties including inventory monitoring and reordering of laboratory supplies

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


  • Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biology, toxicology or a closely related field from an accredited university and meet the Toxicology Analyst (General, Non-interpretive or Interpretive) coursework requirements outlined in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Part 15, Chapter 651, Subchapter C, Rule ยง651.207
  • A minimum of 16 credit hours (or equivalent) of college-level chemistry beyond general chemistry
  • Three-semester credit hour (or equivalent) college-level statistics course
  • Two three-semester credit hour (or equivalent) in college-level analytical chemistry (Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Informatics, Instrumental Analysis, Mass Spectrometry, Quantitative Analysis, Separation Science, Spectroscopic Analysis, or similarly named course) or interpretive science (Biochemistry, Drug Metabolism, Forensic Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology, or Toxicology or similarly named course
  • Familiarity with a scientific laboratory environment, including reagent preparation, routine laboratory equipment (i.e., balances, pipettes and glassware) and safety procedures
  • Maintain a valid Texas Driver's License and ability to safely operate a motor vehicle
  • Licensure by the Texas Forensic Science Commission within one year from date of hire; maintained for the duration of employment
Additional Requirements:
  • Must pass criminal background check and drug / alcohol screening (prior to and randomly after employment)
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Familiarity with a scientific laboratory environment, including reagent preparation, routine laboratory equipment (i.e., balances, pipettes, and glassware) and safety procedures
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; and ability to multi-task and adjust priorities as needed
  • Education: Completed documented training program in Forensic Toxicology
  • Experience: Experience in a scientific laboratory; Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Licensure/ Certification: Licensed by the Texas Forensic Science Commission

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Posted: March 2, 2024

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