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Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS), Washington, DC

Chemist

CS-1320-11, Starting Salary $72,711

This position is located in the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS). The mission of the DFS is to provide high-quality, timely, accurate, and reliable forensic science services using best practices and best available technology, focusing on unbiased science and transparency, to enhance public safety and health. This work involves the analysis and interpretation of the composition of molecules, physical and chemical properties, molecular structure, and chemical reactions; the predication of transformation they undergo, and the amount of matter and energy included in these analytical transformations.

 

Performs a full range of chemical tests of known and unknown samples in a laboratory which includes, but are not limited to, analyses of controlled substances, toxic material, and other substances of importance to the Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Laboratory Program. Makes necessary recommendations to improve techniques in the laboratory and keeps up to date with chemical literature and the latest developments, techniques, and methods. Provides technical guidance to other analytical chemists and lower-level chemists on a continuing basis to ensure quality control.


Supports quality control and quality assurance for the drug chemistry laboratory, which involves participation in a Proficiency Testing Program. May be required to testify in courtroom exclusively as an expert witness.

To Apply: To be considered for this employment opportunity, you will be required to submit a formal application. Please visit the DC Careers website at: https://careers.dc.gov (reference Job ID #24288). 

Closing Date: December 30, 2023

 

Posted: 12/01/2023

Prince George’s County Police Department, Palmer Park, Maryland

Firearms Technician

This is a technical support position assigned to the Firearms Examination Unit. The incumbent receives firearms-related evidence submitted by law enforcement personnel and conducts data entry and limited analysis.  Work assignments require knowledge of the Personnel Law, Departmental General Orders, Standard Operating Procedures of the Firearms Examination Unit, general knowledge of firearms and the ability to safely handle and fire various firearms, general computer skills for data entry, and the ability to communicate effectively with others. The incumbent performs assigned duties and responsibilities in accordance with the established performance standards and treats all personnel and personnel-related matters as strictly confidential.  Duties include receiving and processing all pertinent firearm-related evidence and entering evidence information into the appropriate database; conducting test fires of submitted firearms; Coordinating examination requests and the transporting of evidentiary items between the FEU and other departmental sections/units and outside agencies; Attending court to testify whenever subpoenaed; If/when trained, entering firearms test fires and crime scene evidence into the National Integrated Ballistic Identification Network (NIBNI) database.

Link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pgc/jobs/4295105/firearms-technician

Closing Date: December 13, 2023

 

Posted: 12/01/2023

St. Edward's University (Austin, TX)

Forensic Science Program Director and Full-Time Faculty (Open Rank)

 

St. Edward's University, a nationally ranked, independent Catholic university and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), invites applications for one or more full-time, 9-month faculty positions in forensic science, including a program director, beginning no later than August 2024. Rank and tenure eligibility will be determined based on candidate qualifications. St. Edward's is characterized by its commitment to the Holy Cross educational mission to educate the hearts and minds of a diverse student body that is deeply committed to social justice.


The successful candidate will develop and teach courses at the undergraduate level, maintain a program of scholarly activity that is conducive to mentoring student research, support student success and career development, and engage in professional service within and beyond the university. Courses assigned will depend on the needs of the program and the background of the candidate. In addition, the successful candidate for the program director position will provide leadership for an undergraduate program with approximately 70 majors and minors, including the opportunity to modernize and further develop the program's curriculum to support student success and job placement.

The full description and application instructions can be found at: https://stedwards.applicantpro.com/jobs/3140598 

Closing date: 1/15/2024.

 

Posted: 11/24/2023

Government of Bermuda 
Department of Employee & Organizational Development

Ministry of Health
GOVERNMENT ANALYST
Department of Health
Salary: PS28 $93,610.96 (=US$ Equivalent)
Job Number: DHR02983 (220378)


The Government Analyst works under the direction of the Senior Government Analyst to provide Forensic Drug Chemistry and technical analysis to assist in crime detection and associated reporting and presentation of evidence in court. 

 

Applicants must possess BSc in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry or a related science degree together with a wide knowledge in Forensic Science and three (3) years relevant experience in Forensic Science or related Laboratory Science is required. In lieu of the requisite years of experience, consideration will be taken into applicants whom possess a Post-graduate degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Forensic Science along with at least one (1) years relevant experience.
 

This post is offered on a three year contract. Qualified persons wishing  to be considered for the post may apply online at www.govtcareers.gov.bm by the specified closing date of: 27th December, 2023.

 

Posted: 11/24/2023

Kansas City Police Department Crime Laboratory

Firearms Examiner – Forensic Specialist III

We are seeking a firearms examiner to conduct testing on various types and calibers of firearms and ammunition components to include physical and microscopic analysis in a scientific and legally accepted manner.  Prepare written reports of results and render credible expert witness testimony in depositions and in a court of law.

 

For more information and application instructions visit Forensic Spec III, Firearms & Toolmarks.11.2023.pdf (kcpd.org)

 

Posted: 11/15/2023

ATF Forensic Science Laboratory in Beltsville, MD

GS11 Fire Debris Chemist

The ATF Forensic Science Laboratory in Beltsville, MD, is looking to hire at least one GS11 fire debris chemist.  Please refer to the following link for information and the application process: USAJOBS - Job Announcement

 

Posting Closing Date: 11/20/2023

 

Posted: 11/09/2023

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Laboratory, Multiple Locations (Jacksonville, Tampa, Fort Myers)

Crime Laboratory Analyst – Latent Prints

Crime Laboratory Analysts in Latent Prints analyze diverse items of physical evidence for the detection, preservation and comparison of latent prints.  These examinations include the utilization of highly technical processes both chemical and mechanical in nature.  Preserves latent print evidence thorough photography.  Evaluates latent prints from open cases for automated search potential.

Link:  FORENSIC LABORATORY POOL - 71002356 (myflorida.com)

 

Posting Closing Date: 11/26/2023

 

Posted: 11/08/2023

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Laboratory, Fort Myers Florida

Analyst Seized Drugs

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is currently accepting applications for passionate and motivated applicants looking for a challenging opportunity and interested in becoming part of FDLE forensics. Our casework strategy requires a team dynamic to successfully serve State of Florida law enforcement agencies and our communities. We value problem-solvers who strive for self and organizational improvement.

 

Crime laboratory analysts conduct scientific analysis on physical evidence, author laboratory reports and provide expert testimony in criminal justice proceedings. Forensic technologists support laboratory operations through evidence handling, reagent preparation, quality control checks and assisting with administrative duties.

 

FDLE maintains a pool of qualified applicants for both the crime laboratory analyst and forensic technologist positions. When a position becomes available, an email will be sent to the address provided in your application to inquire about your interest in the position. Please consider each position notification you receive as some vacancies may not be open to external candidates.

 

Posting Closing Date: 12/31/2023

 

Please refer to the following link for more information and application instructions: https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/FORT-MYERS-FORENSIC-LABORATORY-POOL-71002356-FL-33902/1085106000/

Posted: 11/01/2023

Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire

Professor of Practice, Department of Chemistry at Saint Anselm College

The Department of Chemistry at Saint Anselm College, a Roman Catholic undergraduate liberal arts college in the Benedictine tradition in Manchester, NH invites applications for a Professor of Practice position to begin fall 2024. The Professor of Practice is intended to be a long-term teaching and mentoring position (12 contact hours per semester, 4 – 4 equivalent) with no research expectations. The initial contract has the option to be renewed after 3 years. Teaching responsibilities will include General Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry classes and laboratories. Prior forensic science experience is a plus as teaching responsibilities would ideally also include Forensic Chemistry classes and laboratories. Mentoring responsibilities will include academic advising. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

 

Those interested can review the full job posting and submit application materials via the college website.

A Ph.D. or ABD in analytical chemistry, forensic chemistry or a related field with some teaching experience at the undergraduate level is preferred. A M.S. in analytical chemistry, forensic chemistry, or a related field with extensive teaching experience will be considered. 

 

Successful candidates will be able to assist the college in advancing its mission and strategic priorities, which includes institution-wide diversity and inclusiveness.

Posted: 10/25/2023

Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab, Springfield, MO

Criminalist I, II, or III (DNA Casework)

 

The employee performs technical work in the scientific analysis of body fluids and participates in a formal and on-the-job training program. For additional information download announcement here or visit below.

Direct Link to job posting: https://statepatrol.dps.mo.gov/ OR https://apps.mshp.dps.mo.gov/HRIS/external/jobList.do

Closing date: open until filled

Posted: 10/10/2023

Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab, Cape Girardeau, MO

Criminalist I, II, or III (DNA Casework)

 

The employee performs technical work in the scientific analysis of body fluids and participates in a formal and on-the-job training program. For additional information download announcement here or visit below.

Direct Link to job posting: https://statepatrol.dps.mo.gov/ OR https://apps.mshp.dps.mo.gov/HRIS/external/jobList.do

Closing date: open until filled

Posted: 10/10/2023

The Rhode Island Department of Health Forensic Laboratory, Providence, RI

Supervising Forensic Scientist/Technical Leader for the DNA laboratory

The Supervising Forensic Scientist, Biology will be responsible for supervision and oversight of the Forensic Biology/DNA laboratory. This position also serves as the DNA Technical Leader as defined by the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for the casework and database labs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed the mandatory college courses required by the FBI Quality Assurance Standards for a Forensic DNA Technical Leader including Molecular Biology, Genetics, Statistics and Biochemistry. The preferred applicant will also have at least three years of human forensic DNA experience. and possess a Master’s Degree in a biology, chemistry or forensic science related area.

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/rhodeisland/jobs/4172829/supervising-forensic-scientist-biology

Posted: 08/2/2023

Department of State Police, Massachusetts-Sudbury-59 Horse Pond Road

Forensic Scientist I – Drug Unit (2 positions)

Salary: 59,650.50 - 59,650.50 Yearly

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelors degree in the natural sciences, including Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, Pharmacology or Physics and (A) must successfully complete on-the-job training to attain full competence as a forensic analyst in a designated forensic science specialization within one year of the date of hire.

 

To apply: Forensic Scientist I - Drug Unit - (23000992)

Posted: 08/23/2023

Medical Examiner's Office,  Cleveland, OH

Forensic Scientist 2 - Drug Chemistry

Salary: $36.55/hour 

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST APPLY ON THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY WEBSITE AT https://www.cuyahogacounty.us/human-resourcesCONSIDERATION WILL ONLY BE GIVEN TO THOSE WHO APPLY ON THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY WEBSITE. Apply before September 3, 2023.

 

Summary 

The purpose of this classification is to recognize, collect, and analyze drug evidence; to produce drug chemistry reports for analyses performed; and to testify in the court of law as to the results of the drug chemistry examinations. 

 

Distinguishing Characteristics 

This is a journey-level classification responsible for the collection and analysis of drug evidence. Incumbents establish and maintain quality control and ensure proper preservation and documentation of evidence. Employees receive instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and perform work in accordance with established departmental policies and procedures, federal/state guidelines, and accreditation standards. 

 

Essential Job Functions 

Prepares and performs chemical analysis on the drug evidence; weighs contents of evidence; performs chemical and instrumental analysis. Documents and records observations and results of chemical analysis; reviews, analyzes, and compiles instrument data; performs administrative and technical review of data, drug chemistry case files, and reports generated by other scientists; enters analytical results into the computer database; compiles case records; issues reports; communicates with and explains results to appropriate law enforcement, attorneys, and Medical Examiner staff; testifies in court as an expert witness. Performs regular maintenance of the Drug Chemistry laboratory spaces and equipment; stocks laboratory supplies; documents refrigerator temperatures; prepares chemical regents following prescribed processes; maintains and performs routine troubleshooting of laboratory instruments; performs appropriate calibrations and/or system checks and maintenance on all instruments such as FTIR, GC/MS and other laboratory equipment used in the laboratory; measures and performs weight checks on balances; performs color tests with Test Mix; checks performance of equipment after repairs, maintenance, or malfunction; validates standards per policies procedures; performs safety checks in accordance with unit laboratory safety program procedures. Processes and logs evidence; retrieves evidence from storage; transfers and maintains evidence in storage; verifies information on evidence bag; transports evidence back to controlled substance holding area; maintains documentation per the laboratory policies and procedures. Performs related administrative responsibilities; prepares and maintains various records and other documents; responds to emails and phone calls; attends and participates in professional group meetings, conferences, seminars, and trainings; keeps current on new trends, information, and technology in the field; participates in assigned method improvement, validation, and/or research projects; assists with providing training to new employees, interns, and visitors as directed. 

 

Minimum Requirements 

Bachelor’s degree in a chemical, physical, forensic, or biological science, or related field and two (2) years of forensic drug chemistry experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Additional Requirements: Completion of FEMA ICS 100, 200, and 700 courses is required within probationary period (180 days). 

Posted: 08/16/2023

Montgomery County Coroner and Crime Lab, Dayton, OH

Forensic Toxicologist

Salary: commensurate with experience

The Montgomery County Coroner’s office is in Dayton, Ohio.  We are currently seeking a highly motivated individual for a full-time position in the Forensic Toxicology Section.  Our office serves law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio and over 40 coroner’s offices in Ohio and Indiana.  The annual toxicology case load is about 4,000 cases.

The employee will be trained in the analysis of drugs in biological matrices using solid-phase extraction with subsequent analysis by GC/MS and LCMSMS. 

Additional duties include, but are not limited to, preparing accurate reports pertaining to analysis, providing testimony as an expert witness in a court of law, preparing solutions, and providing training when necessary.  The toxicologist is required to work with hazardous chemicals and lift moderate weights with other duties assigned as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science or a natural science from an accredited four-year college

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing

  • Proficient with computers and software

Our office currently offers fully trained employees the option to switch to a 32-hour work week while still being paid for a 40-hour week.  Remote work is also available on occasion.

Mail your curriculum vitae and college transcript(s) to: Matthew Juhascik (juhascikm@mcohio.org)

Posted: 08/07/2023

Suffolk County Crime Laboratory, Hauppauge, NY
Forensic Scientist II (Biological Sciences)

Salary: approx. $86,000

The Forensic Scientist will be responsible for the examination of physical evidence, body fluid analysis, performing DNA-STR (autosomal and Y-STR) analysis, interpretation of data with reporting, and testimony as an expert witness at criminal trials. In addition, the duties may include crime scene response.


Applicants should be a currently qualified DNA analyst capable of signing casework reports.

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Forensic Science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university; Coursework required by the FBI Quality Assurance Standards For Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories 2020 (Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Statistics); 

1) At least four years of Forensic Biology casework experience including DNA-STR (autosomal and Y-STR) analysis, and a current casework signing analyst. Experience with probabilistic genotyping is a plus. 

Or 

2) A Master of Science Degree in Biology, Forensic Science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of casework experience including DNA-STR (autosomal and Y-STR) analysis, and a current casework signing analyst. Experience with probabilistic genotyping is a plus.

For more information, use this link: https://apps2.suffolkcountyny.gov/civilservice/specs/2263spe.html

Contact by email: karen.galindo@suffolkcountyny.gov; Karen Galindo, Forensic Scientist IV, Supervisor, Biological Sciences, Suffolk County Crime Laboratory, William J. Lindsay Complex, Building 487, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11787-0099; Phone: 631 853-5585

Deadline: 12-31-2023

Posted: 07/28/2023

Suffolk County Crime Laboratory, Hauppauge, NY
Forensic Scientist I (Biological Sciences)

Salary: approx. $76,000

The Forensic Scientist will be responsible for the examination of physical evidence, body fluid analysis, performing DNA-STR (autosomal and Y-STR) analysis, interpretation of data with reporting, and testimony as an expert witness at criminal trials. In addition, the duties may include crime scene response.


Applicants should be a currently qualified DNA analyst capable of signing casework reports.


Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Forensic Science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university; Coursework required by the FBI Quality Assurance Standards For Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories 2020 (Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Statistics); 

1) At least 2 years of Forensic Biology casework experience including DNA-STR (autosomal and Y-STR) analysis, and a current casework signing analyst. Experience with probabilistic genotyping is a plus. 

Or 

2) A Master of Science Degree in Biology, Forensic Science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of casework experience including DNA-STR (autosomal and Y-STR) analysis, and a current casework signing analyst. Experience with probabilistic genotyping is a plus.

For more information, use this link: https://apps2.suffolkcountyny.gov/civilservice/specs/2262spe.html

Contact by email: karen.galindo@suffolkcountyny.gov; Karen Galindo, Forensic Scientist IV, Supervisor, Biological Sciences, Suffolk County Crime Laboratory, William J. Lindsay Complex, Building 487, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11787-0099; Phone: 631 853-5585

Deadline: 12-31-2023

Posted: 07/28/2023

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If you have a position in the field of forensic science and would like to have it posted on the NEAFS web site, contact the NEAFS webmasters: publications@neafs.org. 


Please include the following in your submission: position title, location, short description and a direct link to the job posting.  Submitted postings must be 200 words or less, we will not be responsible for editing job postings, please use postings on this page as a guide to formatting.  If there is no deadline given, postings will be removed from the site after three months. 

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