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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: Regional Forensic Science Center
Job Title: Forensic Scientist I - Drug Chemistry
Salary: $42149.67 Annually

Veterans' Preference is available for this vacancy.
To receive Veterans' Preference, you must supply a copy of your DD214 to the Human Resources department at Sedgwick County after applying.

Job Description:


Usual working days/hours:

Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm

Location of work:

1109 N Minneapolis St

Job Objectives:
Performs various analytical tests within one or more of the forensic laboratories according to established procedures as developed by the Section supervisor and/or the Director of the Forensic Science Laboratories. Present analytical findings and give expert opinion in judicial proceedings.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Examine, test and analyze submitted items of evidence for the presence of controlled substances.
  • Interpret laboratory findings and test results from evidentiary material.
  • Provide technical/peer review for other scientists.
  • Compose written laboratory reports.
  • Confer with law enforcement and/or attorneys in regard to test results and their interpretation.
  • Perform/maintain inventory of laboratory equipment, reagents, supplies, and evidence.
  • Participate in internal and/or external proficiency tests.
  • Document and protect evidence according to laboratory procedures, ensuring chain of custody is maintained.
  • Testify as an expert witness in a court of law.
  • Perform other related work as required.

Job Standards:

  • Graduation from a four year college or university in chemistry, bio-chemistry or a related field. A minimum of 2 semesters of general chemistry and 16 additional credit hours of chemistry.
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry, Forensic Science, or other appropriate field preferred.
  • Knowledge of advanced theoretical concepts of laboratory techniques.
  • Knowledge of the methods for preparing and maintaining laboratory records.
  • Skill in performing physical/chemical analyses and other tests used in the evaluation of antemortem and postmortem biological specimens, illicit drugs, and other evidentiary substances.
  • Knowledge of the scientific method and current scientific literature in the assigned field.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to testify in court.

Testing/Screening Requested:


  • Knowledge of the function of modern laboratory analytical instrumentation, equipment, chemicals and lab safety materials.
  • Skill in the use of a personal computer.

Work Environment:


*This position may be filled or closed to further application without notice. Must be at least 18 years of age to work for Sedgwick County*

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Crissy Magee, Sedgwick County ADA Coordinator by phone (316) 660-7056, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777), or email at crissy.magee@sedgwick.gov. Do not send resumes or application status request or employment questions to this email or phone number. This information is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. Applications must be submitted on www.hrepartners.com. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.
Sedgwick County will prohibit the hiring of spouses and/or immediate family members within the same department, but not within the County structure.
Immediate family and family of the employee’s spouse shall be considered husband, wife, son, step-son, son-in-law, daughter, step-daughter, daughter-in law, brother, step-brother, brother-in law, sister, step-sister, sister-in-law, mother, step-mother, mother-in law, father, step-father, father-in-law, grandchildren, grandparents and grandparents-in-law.



Vacancy Number: 20001517

Open Date: 7/31/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 9/9/2017 11:59:59 PM