Chief Toxicologist

Laboratory Name: 
Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office
Job Description: 

REQUIREMENTS: Doctoral degree in toxicology, chemistry, pharmacology, or related field and ten (10) years of
postmortem laboratory experience and at least two (2) years previous and progressive supervisory experience in a forensic lab setting. Certification by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology or an equivalent certifying board, recommended. Completion of FEMA ICS 100, 200, and 700 courses is required within probationary period (180 days). Must be capable of obtaining a valid Ohio driver's license.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides supervision of assigned staff; prioritizes, assigns, reviews, and coordinates work;
troubleshoots and resolves technical and workflow difficulties; consults with staff to review work requirements, status, and problems; monitors and provides for training needs; ensures that accreditation requirements are maintained; prepares and conducts employee performance evaluations as scheduled or required; assists staff with complex or problem situations ;responds to employee issues and concerns; develops and updates standard operating procedures; ensures staff safety.Prepares Toxicology Reports for review and reviews Toxicology Reports prepared by subordinate staff; performs analyticalassays for presence of drugs and/or chemicals; reviews Toxicology Assays in order to prepare reports; verifies accuracy of data. Communicates with Medical Examiner, pathologists,prosecutors, defense attorneys, police officers, and private citizens concerning toxicology reports and toxicology issues; answers phone calls, correspondence, and emails, and confers with individuals in person. Guides direction of Toxicology Laboratory; oversees maintenance, calibration, and acquisition of instrumentation; manages accreditation of Lab, testing protocols, training of personnel, and increasing the visibility of our Lab at the local, state and national level. Establishes/maintains procedures for validating new analytical methodologies, and maintains the quality assurance program to ensure the proper performance and reporting of all test results. Provides expert toxicology testimony to courts in Cuyahoga County and the surrounding region. Attends and
participates in professional group meetings and trainings to maintain requirements and stay abreast of emerging
toxicology technologies; provides training to staff and students; presents toxicology presentations at local, state and national meetings.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please complete an on-line profile. Applications and resumes will only be accepted through the on-line process. All job offers are made with the understanding that prospective employees pass a drug test and a criminal background investigation prior to being hired.

Contact Info
Dr. Thomas Gilson: