Employment Opportunity


Supervisory Chemist (Forensics) or Toxicologist (Forensics)

Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia, Washington DC

Salary: $96,970 to $126,062 per year

Final Filing Date: February 9, 2018

If you are interested in a career supervising a unit that performs the full range of forensic screening and confirmation analyses to detect drug use and provides interpretation of data, drug pharmacokinetics and drug pharmacodynamics within a criminal justice setting, this job is for you!

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Duties:

  • Supervise Toxicologists and Chemists who perform the full range of confirmation analysis including specialized experience in Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) and Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Monitor staff in interpreting results of testing and recording and documenting control of samples, test procedures, results and other required information. Ensure compliance with standard forensic and office procedures.
  • Oversee staff court representation. Testify as an expert witness to explain highly complex scientific and forensic procedures that are used in drug testing as well as results and their implications for individual defendants.
  • Develop methods for and evaluate daily operations, identify areas where changes are needed to improve overall scientific and legal proficiency in drug detection as well as improvements in processes, costs or other areas. Recommend new approaches, revisions in policy or protocol, or other changes to management. Participate in the development of long and short range plans for the OFTS.
  • Responsible for the continuous monitoring of the scientific performance of the unit. Review all screening and confirmation data and monitor controls, performance and compliance with standards, protocols and procedures.
  • Supervise assigned staff. Assign work and establish priorities. Administer personnel programs in leave and absence, awards, and recognition and programs in affirmative action and equal employment opportunity. Counsel employees on performance and administrative issues. Establish performance standards and evaluate employee performance. Identify and address staff training needs.
  • Maintain current awareness of trends and developments relating to forensic drug testing. Review scientific and forensic professional literature to keep abreast of the latest instrumental procedures, pharmacokinetics and expert witness information.

Requirements:

For Chemistry Series 1320:
  • A degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics;
  • OR
  • Combination of education and experience, course work equivalent to a major as shown above, including at least 30 semester hours of chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education;
  • AND
  • One year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. Specialized experience in providing expert witness testimony in the drug testing field. Expert witness testimony includes but is not limited to procedures used in drug testing, the interpretation of drug test results, pharmacodynamics/pharmacokinetics, and the explanation of advanced scientific and forensic instrumentation.
For Toxicology Series 0415:
  • A degree in toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology;
  • AND
  • One year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. Specialized experience in providing expert witness testimony in the drug testing field. Expert witness testimony includes but is not limited to procedures used in drug testing, the interpretation of drug test results, pharmacodynamics/pharmacokinetics, and the explanation of advanced scientific and forensic instrumentation.

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Posted: January 11, 2018



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