Employment Opportunity

Toxicologist Senior

Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Salary: $64,568.64 - $103,051.50 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Salary is negotiable

The purpose of this class within the organization is to analyze both post-mortem and ante-mortem specimen that are received into the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office on a daily basis. This class works independently, under limited supervision, reporting major activities through periodic meetings.

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  • Analyzes biological specimens for the presence or absence of prescription, over-the-counter and illicit drugs to help medical examiners determine cause of death; reviews data and results created by co-workers for preliminary approval before final approval by Chief Toxicologist.
  • Validates new and updated analytical methods; enters case results into the computer system; prepares and validates reference standard solutions; performs acid, basic and neutral drugs extractions.
  • Testifies in depositions and court for interpretation of data; generates DUI (driving under the influence) toxicology reports; prepares biological samples for routine alcohol and drug testing; performs analysis on the biological samples to confirm and determine the presence of drugs and poisons; makes calibration curves for the drugs; performs data analysis and quantitate the drugs in the samples from the cases; performs advanced chemical analyses on postmortem specimens to determine and quantify drugs and/or other toxic substances.
  • Reviews analytical data for accuracy and quality assurance; performs equipment maintenance and calibrations; supervises and trains new team members.
  • Maintains and troubleshoots all instruments in the lab.
  • Assists the Chief Toxicologist in whatever capacity is necessary to accomplish the goals of the laboratory.
  • Performs related work as assigned.

The Senior Toxicologist, under the supervision of the Chief Toxicologist, performs complex analytical screening, confirmation, and quantitative analyses of postmortem specimens for the presence of drugs and poisons in support of the District 17 Medical Examiner and biological specimens submitted by Broward County Law Enforcement Agencies secondary to the investigation of DUI and Sexual Battery Investigations; prepares reagents, calibration standards, and control samples employed in these analytical procedures; compiles data and participates in the preparation of technical reports of analytical findings; participates in the peer review process of analytical results and data collected from all analyses performed by laboratory staff; testifies in Court Proceedings (trial, depositions, etc.) concerning laboratory procedures, operations, and analytical results.

Additionally, the Senior Toxicologist will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate thorough ability to utilize current word processing, spreadsheet, database, e-mail, Internet software, including the current county- wide and/or department specific software to complete assignments.
  • Have reasonable ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing as required in the operation of a typical laboratory environment
  • Have considerable initiative and judgment in conducting unusual tests and in devising methods and procedures for detecting chemical compounds in body fluids and sample sources.
  • Have ability to present evidence and findings in a clear, concise manner both verbally and in writing.
  • Successfully complete the designated probationary period.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Chief Toxicologist.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
  • Requires a Master's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in toxicology, chemistry, forensic science or closely related biomedical field.
  • Requires two (2) years in a full service toxicology laboratory.
Special Certifications and Licenses Required:
  • The State of Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Alcohol Testing Program Permit to Conduct Blood Alcohol Analysis and Diplomat Certification by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology are required; each must be obtained within three (3) years of application to these programs and the application process initiated within the first year in this classification.
  • Over two (2) years of qualified analyst experience in a forensic toxicology laboratory; postmortem or human performance toxicology experience is additionally preferred.
  • Experience in the operation and application of Gas Chromatography, Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry, and Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry.
  • Experience in Courtroom Testimony having qualified as an expert witness regarding analytical toxicology.
  • Thorough ability to analyze and recognize a wide variety of drugs and chemical toxins.
  • Thorough ability to review, record, and report analytical results accurately.
  • Considerable knowledge of chemical analysis and laboratory procedures.
  • Thorough and extensive skill in the use of laboratory apparatus such as a chromatographic, spectrophotometric, and immunoassay techniques used to identify and quantitative drugs, metabolites and toxic agents in biological specimens, especially human postmortem body fluids and tissues.
  • Thorough and extensive ability to operate laboratory instruments and equipment such as but not limited to fume hoods, centrifuges, gas chromatograph, mass spectrometers, immunoassay analyzers, manual and auto-pipettors, and analytical balances.
  • Considerable skill in the application of methods, practices, and principles of physics, chemistry, pharmacology, and biology to practical laboratory and testing problems.
  • Considerable ability to organize and thoroughly document all examinations performed.
  • Experience or demonstrated ability in directing laboratory work flow and work product of lower classification staff.
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement Alcohol Testing Program Permit to Perform Blood Alcohol Analysis
  • Current possession of the Diplomat Certification by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology

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Posted: May 8, 2017

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