Criminalist I - Toxicology

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SC Law Enforcement Division
South Carolina
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General Responsibility:

Serve as a Criminalist I in SLED's Forensic Services - Toxicology Department and serve as a commissioned certified Class III Law Enforcement Officer tasked with the maintenance of public order and the detection of crime. To investigate and participate in the detection and prosecution of crimes to insure the safety and security of the citizens of South Carolina.

Specific Duties:

Perform complex chemical analyses on body fluids and tissues for drugs, alcohols, and poisons using Mass Spectrometry, Gas Chromatography, Liquid Chromatography, Immunoassays (i.e. ELISA), Ultraviolet Spectroscopy, Spot Tests, and other equipment/techniques. Generate appropriate scientific documentation and reports of analysis.

Participate in various training programs related to the field of toxicology. This training includes quality and safety topics.

Serve as an expert witness in the fields of Forensic Toxicology and breath alcohol analysis.

Assist with the evaluation, procurement, repair, maintenance, and calibration of analytical instrumentation and complete required documentation.

Maintain responsibility for any evidence in his/her custody and complete required documentation.

Follow applicable quality assurance and safety procedures. Assist with accreditation (ASCLD/LAB-International) related functions.

Obtain knowledge about foreign compounds and their possible effects on individuals.

Maintain certification as a commissioned class III law enforcement officer as required by the SC Criminal Justice Academy.


A Baccalaureate Degree in Chemistry with a minimum of thirty semester hours (or its equivalent) in Chemistry from an accredited college or university. Note: A Baccalaureate Degree in a related science field from an accredited college or university may be considered with significant laboratory experience.

Must have the ability to meet all requirements of a Class 3 certified law enforcement officer commissioned by the State of South Carolina and successfully complete a prescribed legal training course at the SC Criminal Justice Academy.

Knowledge of forensic laboratory techniques, including mass spectrometry, gas and liquid chromatography, immunoassays, and extractions (liquid/liquid or solid phase).

Knowledge about foreign compounds and their effects on individuals. Ability to interpret findings, prepare scientific reports, communicate effectively, and testify effectively in court.

Position requires after normal business hours response to functions related to the Toxicology Department or other components of SLED; may be called 24 hours/7 days a week for emergency toxicological analysis. Limited overnight travel may be required.


All applicants must complete the on-line State application to include all current and previous work history and education. A resume will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application nor will it be used to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.

Supplemental questions are considered part of the official application. Any misrepresentation of yourself will disqualify you from the position.

A copy of the Division's EEOP Utilization Report is available upon request.


4400 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210

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