Toxicologist III

Laboratory Name: 
Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
Job Description: 

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences is seeking qualified applicants for a Toxicologist III position.

Required Minimum Education: Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biology, toxicology or a closely related field.

Applicable Experience, Required: Two years of experience in a clinical or forensic toxicology laboratory; knowledge of the basic theoretical principles and applications of instrumentation (immunoassay, UV-visible spectrophotometry, headspace GC-FID, GC/MS, GC/MS/MS, HPLC, LC/MS/MS and/or TOF-LC/MS) and methodologies used to analyze toxicological samples; experience operating and maintaining instrumentation listed above.

Applicable Experience, Preferred: Completion of a documented training program in forensic toxicology; courtroom testimony experience.

Certification or Licensure, Required: Membership in a relevant professional organization within one year from date of hire; certification by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) within three years from date of hire or eligibility, whichever is later.

Other Skills Necessary: Proficient use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; experience with ChemStation, MassHunter and/or Analyst data processing software and JusticeTrax LIMS strongly desired.

Routine Contacts: District attorneys, law enforcement officers and defense attorneys regarding evidence and test procedures when subpoenaed to testify; educators and peers during professional training or participation in accreditation visits.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to move and lift objects not heavier than 45 pounds

Principal Job Tasks:

• Conducts ethanol and volatile testing on toxicological evidence submitted by medical examiners and law enforcement agencies.
• Performs liquid-liquid and solid phase extractions for screening and confirmation testing.
• Operates GC/FID, GC/MS, GC/MS/MS, HPLC, LC/MS/MS and/or LC/TOF instrumentation.
• Processes and reviews instrumental data, prepares calibration curves and identifies/quantifies target drugs in control and specimen chromatograms.
• Performs screening tests including ELISA, CO-oximetry and chemistries.
• Reports results supported by analytical findings.
• Performs and documents routine maintenance, troubleshooting and minor repair of analytical devices and instrumentation.
• Receives, inventories and properly stores toxicological evidence; maintains accurate chain of custody records from evidence receipt to final disposition.
• Prepares laboratory reagents and maintains supplies in accordance with laboratory procedures.
• Performs routine laboratory upkeep duties such as cleaning glassware, discarding biohazard trash, organizing laboratory work and storage areas, and maintaining laboratory cleanliness.
• Performs quality assurance/quality control procedures on reagents, equipment and instruments as necessary.
• Participates in training, competency testing and proficiency testing according to
established protocols.
• Performs and documents casework duties in accordance with laboratory procedures with minimal errors and no pattern of deficiencies.
• Assists in ensuring the laboratory conforms to ABFT, ASCLD/LAB-International and ISO 17025 accreditation standards.
• Maintains professional certification.
• Attends continuing education/training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences and professional meetings as time and resources allow.
• Follows rigorously all safety manuals, standard operating procedures and quality assurance/quality control protocols.
• Keeps management abreast of information critical to the proper planning and coordination of laboratory operation and communicates with other lab personnel.
• Provides expert testimony in a court of law when subpoenaed.
• Other duties as assigned by laboratory management.

Interested parties should apply online through the Harris County Office of Human Resources and Risk Management

Contact Info
Teresa Gray, PhD, F-ABFT
Email Resume to: 
online application only