Forensic Toxicology Analyst I

Laboratory Name: 
ChemaTox Laboratory Inc
City: 
Boulder
State: 
Colorado
Job Description: 

Job title: Forensic Toxicology Analyst I
Reports to: Forensic Toxicology Supervisor
Hours: 40-hours/week, Full-Time
Salary: $39,520 - $47,840/year, commensurate with experience

Company Overview
ChemaTox Laboratory is a private forensic and clinical toxicology lab in Boulder, Colorado. ChemaTox provides testing services to law enforcement agencies and defense attorneys throughout the state of Colorado. ChemaTox is a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment DUI and DUID certified laboratory offering blood alcohol, blood drug, urine drug, and postmortem testing. ChemaTox is also a CLIA certified laboratory for high complexity testing.

Job purpose
The Forensic Toxicology Analyst I is primarily responsible for day-to-day sample preparation and analysis. Candidates will also perform data review of the quantitative determination of prescribed or illicit drugs and alcohol in forensic samples. Candidates will testify in court to the results of testing and to the effects of drugs on the human body often relating to safe operation of motor vehicles. Once trained candidates for the position must be able to operate GC/MS, LC-MS/MS, and HSGC/FID systems with minimal supervision, and understand and follow biosafety practices for handling human urine, blood, and other specimens. This position is considered an entry-level position.

Responsibilities
Primary
Employee will, at minimum, be required to:

  • Perform instrumental analysis of forensic samples for quantitative and qualitative determination of drugs and alcohol in biological specimens
  • Execute procedures in accordance with laboratory Standard Operating Procedures with minimal errors and no pattern of deficiencies
  • Monitor and assess results and limits of quality control specimens
  • Utilize laboratory technology systems to properly document status of testing and any necessary quality control informations
  • Perform accurate review and release of data to ensure acceptable, reliable, and accurate result reporting
  • Provide clear, concise and accurate written interpretation of toxicology results
  • Answer questions from district attorneys, law enforcement officers and defense attorneys regarding evidence handling and testing procedures
  • Provide unbiased testimony in courts of law
  • Attend continuing education courses, lectures, and professional conferences in order to stay current in the field of forensic toxicology
  • Perform literature reviews in regards to effect of drugs and alcohol on human performance and present findings during in-house meetings

Additional
Employees may additionally be required to:

  • Set up, maintain, clean, and operate laboratory equipment
  • Participate in periodic review of laboratory quality assurance program
  • Execute any special duties as designated by laboratory management
  • Assist in other general laboratory duties and special projects as assigned

Skills, abilities, and performance expectations
Minimum skills and abilities include:

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both in verbal and written form
  • Ability to conduct forensic laboratory casework using analytical instrumentation and equipment
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook or comparable experience with comparable software
  • Ability to think critically and analytically while maintaining focus on quality and sample integrity
  • Ability to meet the demands of a fast-paced work environment

In order to meet performance expectations, individuals must:

  • Be detail-oriented, flexible, collaborative, motivated, and able to multi-task within the forensic laboratory environment
  • Have a team-oriented approach
  • Complete all duties assigned in a timely manner, adhering to any deadlines given by management
  • Be capable of performing work under minimal supervision
  • Routinely exercise initiative and independent judgment within the limits of their position
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers and supervisors in an effective and courteous manner

Work conditions and demands
Nature of duties may require sustained physical effort involving manual skill, dexterity, hand/eye coordination, and the ability to lift and carry equipment and supplies up to 45 lbs. During the course of normal duties personnel will have access to information of a sensitive nature and are under an obligation to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of said information. Requires close mental attention and concentration for long periods when conducting various tests and the technical skill and ability to make accurate observations and determinations and prepare related reports of findings. Work environment may entail exposure to biohazards and potentially toxic chemicals, and exposure to disagreeable elements or situations inherent in this specialized field. This work requires compliance with company policies pertaining to biohazard and toxic chemical exposure prevention, evidence handling and security requirements on evidence, standards and information.

Experience and qualifications
Required

  • Bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in one of the natural sciences ( i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biological Physics, Forensic Science), or a closely related field
  • Eligibility for certification by the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists as F-ABFT or D-ABFT-FT once requisite professional experience has been obtained (www.abft.org)
  • Possession of a valid U.S. Driver's License

Preferred

  • At least one year full-time experience in an analytical chemistry or toxicology laboratory
  • Experience performing data analysis using GC/MS, LC-MS/MS, or HSGC/FID
  • Knowledge of: principles and practices of forensic toxicology, pharmacology and analytical chemistry
  • Established as a court qualified expert witness in forensic toxicology
  • Experience with ChemStation, MassHunter, TargetLynx and LIMS systems strongly desired
  • Possession of certification by the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists as F-ABFT or D-ABFT-FT

Pre-employment screening
Qualified candidates must pass a background check, employment and character background investigation, and a urine drug screen.

Benefits
Benefits include, but are not limited to, health insurance, paid vacation time, paid sick-leave, professional development opportunities, and a fun working environment.

To apply send your cover letter, CV, copy of transcripts (unofficial), and a list of 3 references to the contact listed below.

Contact Info
Contact: 
Lauren Wiles
Email Resume to: 
sciencejobs@chematox.com