Chief Toxicologist

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Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
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Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, Edmonton. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is committed to the provision of high quality services to Albertans. Activities performed enable the OCME to certify the cause and manner of death in accordance with the Fatality Inquiries Act, provide forensic services, assisting and educating Albertans in time of grief, and develop and maintain a center of excellence in forensic pathology and toxicology.

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The Alberta OCME is looking for a Chief Toxicologist for the Edmonton office. Take a key role in ensuring accurate and reliable toxicology results are generated at the OCME. The Chief Toxicologist is required to provide expert interpretation and consultation with the Chief Medical Examiner, pathologists, police, judiciary, lawyers, and families regarding sudden deaths. This role is responsible for the technical, advisory, administrative, and planning functions relating to all toxicology casework in the Edmonton laboratory.

Position Overview:
• Manage and direct toxicology laboratory service delivery and administrative operation, in support of the Medical Examiner's death investigation.
• Analyze and interpret toxicology results and reports findings.
• Attend court to testify as an expert witness.
• Lead and direct a team of management and professional staff who provide toxicology laboratory services.
• Direct lab, instrumentation and technique quality assurance and trouble shooting.
• Provide technical advice to the Chief Medical Examiner and Medical Examiners.
• Develop new procedures and/or processes in response to new drugs or toxins.
• Develop collaborative relationships with partners and stakeholders to support the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's business operations.
• Develop policy and program initiatives.

The ideal candidate will:
• Have sufficient experience to operate all technical aspects of the laboratory.
• Have extensive training in toxicology, pharmacology, and chemistry and be able to develop methods testing for substances using mass spectrometry-based instruments.
• Be experienced in reporting complex data, including: analysis of drugs from complex matrix, and completing mathematical analysis of data.
• Possess a comprehensive understanding of the behaviour of drugs and toxins within the body.
• Demonstrate an interest in cutting edge approaches in specialized toxicology issues, including publications in peer journals.
• Have demonstrated strong analytical skills, problem solving skills, and communication skills.
• Have working knowledge of court processes, and an understanding of the justice system and related legislation (Fatality Inquiries Act and Regulation).
• Be a credible expert in a court of law.
• Understand the principles of Quality Assurance and Quality Control to maintain accreditation for the lab.
• Have extensive experience working in a forensic toxicology lab.

Salary: $6,572.34 bi-weekly. Job ID #1044647. Closing Date: Open until suitable candidate selected.

A Ph. D. in chemistry or a related field and extensive experience in a Medical Examiner's Office toxicology laboratory or equivalent. Minimum of 10 years experience in clinical or forensic toxicology with at least two years previous and progressive supervisory experience (preferably in a forensic lab setting). Equivalencies will be considered.

It is expected that the successful candidate will already hold membership in one or more of the forensic toxicology societies such as: CSFS, AAFS, SOFT, or TIAFT. Certification by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) chemistry societies is an asset.

This is a permanent full-time position. Final candidates will be asked to undergo a security screening. This competition may be used to fill future temporary and permanent vacancies.

Online applications are preferred via If you are unable to submit an electronic version of your resume, please submit your resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Katelynn Kelly, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, 9th Floor, John E. Brownlee Building, 10365 97th Street, Edmonton, AB, T5J 3W7. Phone: (780) 643-0650, Fax: (780) 644-1395. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of their application.

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We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Please provide a valid email address as only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted via email.

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