Forensic Toxicologist Supervisor

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San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
San Francisco
Job Description: 

The City and County of San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting a search for a forensic toxicologist to serve in the capacity Forensic Toxicology Supervisor.

The selected candidate must have a strong scientific background and enjoy working with a diverse group of individuals who share a similar commitment to excellence in forensic science.

The Office will move to a $65M state-of-the-art facility in September 2017. The 52,000 sq. ft. facility includes a fully accredited laboratory with approximately $5M invested in new technologies including a Sciex QT0F X500R and 6500 QTrap with accompanying Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography for high throughput analysis. In-house histology services are with TissueTek automatic tissue processor, stainer and cover-slipper configured to ensure optimal output.

The facility has over $1M in state-of-the-art radiology instrumentation, including a Siemens CT scanner and Lodox X-ray console to optimize efficiency when completing forensic examinations. The two-story autopsy suite contains six main stations with three private auxiliary isolation suites. The autopsy surgical space includes ceiling heights greater than 32 ft. tall with a central skylight extending the length of the room, measuring over 80 x 8 sq. ft.

The facility was designed to specifically enhance the communication between the different divisions and most importantly enhance the work experience of staff. A private second story office overlooking the San Francisco Bay and marsh lands awaits the new Forensic Toxicology Supervisor, with secure parking on-site and conference suites outfitted with video teleconferencing capabilities.

The Office has a Fiscal Year 2017 operations budget of over $9 million, which includes 36 full-time staff members; five of which are forensic toxicologists. In addition to the Forensic Laboratory Division, the Office also includes an Investigative Division, Medical Division, and Administrative support staff. Scientific staff has the opportunity to work directly with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) students and staff rotating through the Office. This interaction facilitates a close working relationship with UCSF’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and its affiliates which allows consultation with a vast group of professionals. In 2016, the Office conducted approximately 1,200 post-mortem examinations.

Working in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner under the direction of the Chief Forensic Toxicologist/Forensic Laboratory Director, and following published protocols, the Forensic Toxicologist Supervisor assists in organizing and supervising the daily operations of the Forensic Laboratory Division including the Toxicology, Chemistry and Histology Sections; assigns, supervises and reviews the work of subordinate staff; makes recommendations on Divisional needs; performs complex and difficult forensic analyses of body tissues and fluids and other types of evidence for the presence, nature and quantity of chemical or toxic substances in forensically significant cases; prepares case reports; testifies in courtroom proceedings; and performs related duties as required.

This classification is the first-line supervisory level in the Forensic Laboratory Division. The incumbent, reporting under the Chief Forensic Toxicologist/Forensic Laboratory Director, provides direction and oversight to subordinate professional and technical staff to ensure that all forensic specimens are processed and tested in a proficient, reliable and accurate manner, and is responsible for conducting the more complex laboratory procedures and for ensuring that the technical proficiency of the laboratory is maintained.

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Luke N. Rodda, Ph.D.
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