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Forensic Scientist I Toxicology

Date: Nov 10, 2020

Location: Wichita, KS, US

Company: Sedgwick County

Department:  FSC 

Pay:  $42,890.00 annually 

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 


Performs various analytical tests within the Toxicology Lab on biological samples and other evidence. These tests are performed according to established standard operating procedures as developed by either the Toxicology Laboratory Manager, Chief Toxicologist and/or the Director of the Regional Forensic Science Center laboratories. All guidelines must be followed set forth by the Toxicology Lab as well as the ASCLD/LAB International guidelines. Forensic Scientists may also present analytical findings in judicial proceedings, providing testimony and/or expert opinion.

Examine, Test & Analyze Biologicals and/or Other Evidence

  • Performs liquid-liquid, solid supported liquid extraction and solid phase extractions on biological samples for the quantitation and/or confirmation of analytes of interest.
  • Operation of instrumentation including Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS), Gas Chromatograph/Flame Ionization Detector (GC/FID), Liquid Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (LC/MS), Gas Chromatograph/Nitrogen Phosphorus Detector (GC/NPD).
  • Performs routine screening analysis on biologicals using ELISA, EMIT, color tests and UV-VIS techniques.
  • Participates in internal and/or external proficiency testing.
  • Document and protect evidence according to laboratory procedures, ensuring chain of custody is maintained at all times.
  • Prepares calibrators, controls and reagents according to standard operating procedures.
  • Maintains documentation of all laboratory tests performed in the laboratory.

Quality Control, Interpretation of Results & General Laboratory Maintenance

  • Interpret laboratory findings and test results from evidentiary material analysis.
  • Follows all Standard Operating Procedures of the Toxicology Laboratory and the Regional Forensic Science Center.
  • Follows all Standard Operating Procedures put forth by the Quality Assurance and Quality Control Program.
  • Helps the Toxicology Laboratory maintain the ANAB Accreditation
  • Testify as a witness in a court of law in regards to analytical findings.
  • Ensures quality control procedures are followed in the Toxicology Laboratory.
  • Cleaning of glassware, disposing of biohazard trash, and general cleaning of the Toxicology Laboratory.
  • Creates Measurement of Uncertainty for all necessary results and maintains quality control of all Measurement of Uncertainty documents.
  • Documentation of all refrigerator/freezer temperatures and relative humidity in desiccators.
  • Confer with law enforcement agencies and/or attorneys in regards to test results and their interpretation.

Personal and Laboratory Development

  • Participates in continuing education and/or training including but not limited to workshops, seminars, professional conferences and meetings.
  • Participates in method development of new testing protocols in the Toxicology Laboratory.

Minimum Qualifications: BS or BA degree in chemistry, biology, bio-chemistry, or a forensic related field. A minimum of two semesters of chemistry with an additional sixteen credit hours of chemistry is required. Must possess a valid State of Kansas driver’s license or must obtain such a license within 90 days of employment.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Forensic Science or other appropriate field. One year of applicable laboratory experience. Must possess a valid State of Kansas driver’s license or must obtain such a license within 90 days of employment.

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Human Resources by phone at (316) 660-7050, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777). Do not use this phone number for employment questions. This number is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.

Nearest Major Market: Wichita

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