Employment Opportunity

Forensic Scientist I - Toxicology Unit

Scottsdale Police Department, Scottsdale, Arizona

Salary: $49,836.80 - $72,259.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: July 23, 2017

Duties will include analyzing blood samples for the presence of alcohol, writing detailed reports, assisting in the development and implementation of forensic methods and programs. Conduct the interpretation, evaluation, and quality review of analytical results and reports.

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  • Makes chemical or physical analysis and microscopic examination in the examination, identification, evaluation and comparison of physical evidence in the investigation of crimes.
  • Examines, identifies, interprets, and evaluates suspected evidence which may include narcotics, dangerous drugs, toxicology, serology, DNA, trace, firearms, and latent print processing information.
  • Provides general scientific information as requested.
  • Enters and searches for information on the computerized AFIS, CODIS or NIBIN systems.
  • Compares analytical findings with known standards. Discusses laboratory test results with other lab professionals, officers and attorneys.
  • Provides expert testimony in court.
  • Comprehends and follows detailed, highly technical oral and written instructions to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive reports and records. Prepares and presents detailed reports.
  • Studies and researches techniques and procedures in the field of forensic science.
  • Collects and preserves evidence at crime scenes.
  • Performs work satisfactorily in a variety of unusual working environments such as arson, rape and homicide scenes at which deceased persons, body fluid, hair and fibers, weapons and other materials must be handled.


Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, or related physical science or natural science from an accredited institution, with a minimum of 20 semester hours in chemistry related subjects.
  • An equivalent combination of education and job related experience may substitute for the educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.
Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted Arizona driver's license with no major citations within the past 39 months prior to the start date.
Ideal candidate will have:
  • Knowledge and experience in toxicology discipline of blood alcohol analysis by the method of headspace gas chromatography.
  • Knowledge of the effects of blood alcohol and interpretation of those effects as they apply to driving.
  • Knowledge of ASCLD/LAB-International accreditation requirements (ISO 17025 and the ASCLD/LAB Supplemental Requirements) including the calculation and application of Measurement Uncertainty.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Strong writing skills.

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Posted: June 29, 2017

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