Forensic Laboratory Supervisor

Laboratory Name: 
Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner
Job Description: 


MARKET RANGE TITLE: Forensic Chemist Senior

DEPARTMENT: 2940 - Lab





The purpose of this position is to supervise the evidence and histology technicians, the laboratory production activities, data review, and perform routine and complex toxicological analyses.

(This is not an all-inclusive list of all job duties that may be required; employees will be required to perform other related duties as assigned. List in order of importance)

• Performs qualitative and quantitative analyses of body fluids and tissues; including the most complex and non-routine testing procedures utilizing ELISA, UV-Vis, GC/MS, HPLC, LC/MS/MS.
• Supervises evidence technicians and histology technicians by assigning work, tracking production, evaluating performance and preparing work schedules.
• Creates training materials and participates in training new forensic chemists, evidence technicians, histotechnicians, and chemistry interns on work processes.
• Assists with development and modification of laboratory policies, systems, work methods, procedures and standards.
• Interviews applicants for laboratory positions and makes hiring recommendations.
• Compiles and updates internal databases and libraries to aid in analytical interpretation.
• Makes recommendations as to departmental policies, implements policies and procedures and resolves internal workflow and processing problems.
• Assists in the research and development of new testing methods and techniques and performs testing of new instrumentation and software before implementation into production.
• Prepares and validates control standards and quality control procedures/results.
• Reviews analyses results to assure reliability and quality assurance compliance.
• Follows required procedures to maintain chain of custody of the evidence.
• Assists in maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing scientific equipment.
• May be required to give sworn testimony in a deposition or in court or other legal tribunal as a percipient or expert witness.
• Attends various training programs to maintain high performance standards and implement new methods and instruments for toxicological testing.
• Enters specimen acquisition, analytical results and quality control data into laboratory database and prepares specific reports.
• Reviews findings on toxicology reports and approves/signs reports prior to its submission to the assigned medical examiner (as backup to the Chief and Deputy Chief Toxicologist)
• Performs special tasks, projects and assignments as required.


Minimum education and/or experience:
Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Toxicology, Biological Sciences, Biology, Medical Technology or a closely related field with completion of organic chemistry and an instrumental analysis course and four (4) years of experience in a forensic toxicology laboratory.
A Master’s degree or higher in Chemistry, Toxicology or a related field may substitute for up to three (3) years of forensic laboratory experience.

Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Must be certified or be eligible for certification as a Diplomate or Fellow by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT). Must successfully achieve certification within two years of hire date. Must possess or be eligible for AZ DPS certification for alcohol testing within two (2) years of hire date.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of the principles, procedures and techniques of forensic toxicological laboratory analyses. Knowledge of drugs, chemicals, drug interactions and their effects (pharmacology). Knowledge of histology and slide preparation. Knowledge of computer based databases and systems. Skilled in performing analytical tests and in maintenance and repair of instruments. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and to maintain effective working relationships.

Preferred education and/or experience:
A Master’s degree or higher in Chemistry, Toxicology or a related field. Advanced experience in a forensic toxicology laboratory. Experience working in a Medical Examiner’s Office. Experience performing testing on decedent samples. Experience working with histology.

Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:

Working conditions:
Ability to work in close proximity to decedents and malodorous conditions. Ability to use protective equipment.


Supervision received: Under general supervision of the Chief Toxicologist.

Supervision exercised: Directly supervises Evidence and Histology Technicians

Contact Info
Julie Garrity