Employment Opportunity

Forensic Chemist I/II (Drug)

Landover Police Department, Landover, Maryland

Salary: $43,968.00 - $91,477.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 30, 2017

The Police Department is currently seeking highly qualified individuals to fill vacant Forensic Chemist I/II positions, grade P20/22, in its Drug Analysis Laboratory.

This is an entry to full performance level, technical, and professional position in the field of forensic analysis of controlled substances. Incumbents are assigned to a nationally accredited laboratory where they conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis of controlled substances and related materials submitted to the laboratory by law enforcement personnel. This analytical work involves potential contact with bio hazard materials and chemicals. The employee prepares reports/documentation regarding his/her findings for use in court proceedings and testifies as an expert witness in criminal cases.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • The selected candidate will be responsible for highly complex scientific analysis to detect the presence of controlled substances and/or related materials by following procedures, standards and regulations as established by law, accreditation, and the Police Department requirements;
  • Processes and interprets instrumental data;
  • Writes conclusions and reports; testifies in court as an expert witness;
  • Performs peer review and administrative review of case files;
  • Assists with instrumentation maintenance, laboratory records and files, quality control/assurance, and participation in new method development and validation.
  • The candidate must have the ability to work closely, effectively and professionally with laboratory, legal, and law enforcement personnel;
  • Must follow the laboratory safety protocols and maintain cleanliness in work areas and perform other related duties as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Forensic Science or other related physical sciences including at least twenty-four (24) hours in chemistry;
  • plus
  • One (1) year of professional experience in forensic laboratory work.
    • The one (1) year of experience or the equivalent must reflect demonstrable knowledge involving principles, methods and techniques of chemistry, the ability to analyze and identify substances, and the ability to prepare technical reports and communicate orally.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Previous laboratory experience as a forensic chemist/analyst; knowledge of instrumental analysis using Gas Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR);
  • Court testimony experience as an expert witness; and
  • Ability to work according to the standard operating procedures of a drug analysis laboratory.

Do you have the Education Required? See available on-line and campus-based degree programs now!

How to apply: Apply online

Posted: January 27, 2017

NOTE: The is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions in employment notices on this web site. Often, employers change final filing dates, change duties and/or requirements, or close employment openings without notice. If you are interested in a job posted on this site be sure to contact the employer to see if changes in the filing date or job announcement have been made. Employers can also provide more information about open positions that does not appear in the announcements on these pages.