Employment Opportunity

Forensic Chemist III-IV

NMS Labs, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

Salary: Not stated

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

NMS Labs is the nation's leading independent provider of professional laboratory testing services, specializing in clinical toxicology, forensic science, and other vitally important areas of esoteric testing and expert services. We employ more than 250 highly trained professionals who work closely with leading healthcare providers, medical researchers, and various members of the criminal and civil justice system to provide integrated testing and consultative services.

NMS Labs is an ISO accredited independent provider of clinical and forensic toxicology, endocrinology and criminalistics laboratory services for the health care and forensic sciences communities. Since 1970, we have built a reputation as a provider of innovative, first-to-market and hard-to-find testing that has evolved to a broad menu of over 2,500 laboratory tests.

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Duties: NMS Labs is now seeking a regular full time Forensic Chemist in our Criminalistics department. The regular schedule for this position is Monday-Friday, from 7:30am-4pm. The Forensic Chemist will perform chemical and analytical testing including the isolation, identification, and quantitation of chemical substances in the forensic casework samples. This position holds responsibility for specimen processing, test performance, reporting of test results, and the quality assurance and documentation of analytical processes. Major duties and responsibilities include:

  • Handling and sampling of forensic casework samples
  • Maintaining the appropriate chain of custody of evidence
  • Independently performing analysis of chemical substances utilizing chemical, microscopic, TLC, and instrumental methods to include GCMS, HPLC, LC-MS/MS and FTIR
  • Generating, interpreting, reviewing, and releasing results
  • Performing routine maintenance and basic troubleshooting of analytical instrumentation
  • Providing expert testimony
  • Performing and maintaining appropriate quality assurance and quality control procedures
  • Effectively communicating scientific findings to internal and external clients
  • Effectively aids entry level personnel and peer in the application of chemical and instrumental methods.


  • The Forensic Chemist must have working knowledge of analytical procedures including a basic understanding of analytical terminology, methods, and theory, and should be able to apply these to forensic cases. Additionally, the Forensic Chemist will perform non-routine analyses independently and demonstrate in-depth understanding of forensic chemistry procedures by participating in complex casework, technical projects and/or troubleshooting. A high level of integrity is required, as well as good organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. The Forensic Chemist must have the ability to follow SOPs and provide input for revisions, as well as compliance standards and safety practices.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Biology with courses and labs in general, organic, and analytical (instrumental) chemistry are required.
  • At least 2 years lab related experience is required.
  • Experience working in an ASCLD-LAB accredited lab is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with court testimony is preferred.
Physical Demands:
  • Ability to hear
  • Vision (with correction) including color, distance, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • Standing, reaching with hands and arms, and using hands and fingers to manipulate instrument or equipment controls, computer keyboard, office equipment, objects or tools
  • Movement from one work location to another
  • Sitting and standing, sometimes for extended periods of time
  • Lifting objects up to 20 lbs.
  • Exposure to intermittent or constant sounds generated by equipment
  • Exposure to fumes, noxious odors and dust
  • Exposure to biological material and blood-borne pathogens
  • Exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals
  • Proximity to moving parts

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Posted: November 2, 2016

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