Forensic Scientist – Controlled Substances – Northern Laboratory

Forensic Scientist
Controlled Substances
Position CF696
Salary: $55,310 – $92,529
Location: Manassas

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science is seeking a qualified individual to perform forensic chemical analyses of suspected controlled substances in the Northern Regional Laboratory located in Manassas. The successful candidate will: 1) use current state-of-the-art methodologies and instrumentation to analyze controlled substances; 2) prepare Certificates of Analyses on findings for use by the criminal justice system; and 3) testify in court as a qualified expert for the Commonwealth at criminal proceedings as to the results of laboratory findings and perform other duties assigned. Position requires occasional overnight travel. Employee will provide own transportation as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
• A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or other related science with sufficient chemistry courses (minimally, general, organic and analytical)
• Successful completion of a formal documented casework training program from an accredited forensic laboratory in forensic drug analysis and/or demonstration of competency
• Work experience in forensic drug analysis
• Knowledge of basic theoretical principles and applications of the instrumentation and methodologies used to analyze controlled substances (e.g., Color Tests, TLC, GC, GC/MS, FTIR)
• Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures; quality assurance/quality control and laboratory practices; instrumental analysis and experience in forensic drug analysis required
• Must be able to analyze data, develop sound conclusions, maintain accurate records, and analyze, and solve technical problems
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
• Valid driver’s license required

Preferred Qualifications:
• An advanced degree in a related scientific field
• Work experience presenting testimony in a court of law as an expert witness
• Work experience in an accredited forensic science laboratory

If a fully qualified Forensic Scientist candidate cannot be found, the position will be filled as a Forensic Scientist Trainee at a salary of $46,696. The training will last approximately 9 to 12 months, dependent upon the qualifications of the successful candidate. The Trainee must meet the minimum degree and course qualifications listed above.

Selected candidates must provide a DNA sample via a buccal swab (saliva sample), be fingerprinted, drug tested, and pass a security background check

Commonwealth of Virginia state employees must serve a new probationary period.

Applicants must apply electronically using the State of Virginia’s Recruitment Management System (RMS) by April 12, 2018. The RMS can be accessed using the link: Contact Julie Smith at (804)588-4053 for assistance.