Employment Opportunity

Forensic Chemist I-III

NMS Labs, Grand Prairie, Texas

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 200 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, biology, 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.

In addition to its own stand-alone facilities, we work hand-in-hand with our customers at their own locations. We are looking for smart, motivated scientists that are focused on serving the forensic community!

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties: NMS Labs is now seeking a regular full-time Forensic Chemist to work in our Grand Prairie, TX location. The regular schedule for this position is Monday- Friday, from 7:30am-4:00pm. The Forensic Chemist will be responsible for performing chemical and analytical testing, including the identification of chemical substances in forensic casework samples. This position is responsible for specimen processing, test performance, reporting of test results, quality assurance and documentation of analytical processes, and testifying to results in a courtroom environment. Major duties and responsibilities include:

  • Independently performing qualitative analyses of chemical substances utilizing chemical, microscopic, TLC and instrumental methods that may include, but are not limited to, GC-MS and FTIR.
  • Maintaining the appropriate chain of custody of evidence
  • Performing and maintains appropriate quality assurance and quality control procedures
  • Preparing and validates reagents, controls and calibrators
  • Performing routine maintenance and basic troubleshooting of analytical instrumentation
  • Generating, interpreting, reviewing, releasing, and testifying to results
  • Preparing documentation for legal proceedings and providing expert testimony when necessary
  • Effectively communicating scientific findings to internal and external clients


  • The Forensic Chemist must have working knowledge of analytical procedures, including a basic understanding of analytical terminology, theory, and methods of data interpretation. The ability to read, write, and understand the English language is required, along with the ability to effectively communicate technical information. Knowledge of laboratory safety practices and compliance standards is a must. The successful candidate must demonstrate a high level of integrity, and must be able to work as part of a team.
Minimum requirements:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology or Natural Science with courses and labs in general, organic, and analytical (instrumental) chemistry are required.
  • At least 6 months lab related experience is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in an ASCLD-LAB accredited lab is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with court testimony is preferred.
Physical demands and working conditions include:
  • 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
  • Some travel may be required

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Posted: November 2, 2016

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