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Employer: Sedgwick County
Division: RFSC
Job Title: Forensic Scientist - Toxicology
Salary: $46710.56 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:

Job Objectives:

Performs various analytical tests within the Toxicology Lab on biological samples and other evidence. These tests are performed according to established standard operating procedures as developed by either the Toxicology Laboratory Manager, Chief Toxicologist and/or the Director of the Regional Forensic Science Center laboratories. All guidelines must be followed set forth by the Toxicology Lab as well as the ASCLD/LAB International guidelines. Forensic Scientists may also present analytical findings in judicial proceedings, providing testimony and/or expert opinion.


Essential Job Functions:

Examine, Test & Analyze Biologicals and/or Other Evidence

  • Performs liquid-liquid, solid supported liquid extraction and solid phase extractions on biological samples for the quantitation and/or confirmation of analytes of interest.
  • Operation of instrumentation including Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS), Gas Chromatograph/Flame Ionization Detector (GC/FID), Liquid Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (LC/MS), Gas Chromatograph/Nitrogen Phosphorus Detector (GC/NPD).
  • Performs routine screening analysis on biologicals using ELISA, EMIT, color tests and UV-VIS techniques.
  • Perform/maintain inventory of laboratory equipment, reagents and supplies.
  • Participates in internal and/or external proficiency testing.
  • Participates in training and completes the Toxicology Training Program.
  • Document and protect evidence according to laboratory procedures, ensuring chain of custody is maintained at all times.
  • Prepares calibrators, controls and reagents according to standard operating procedures.
  • Maintains documentation of all laboratory tests performed in the laboratory.

Quality Control, Interpretation of Results & General Laboratory Maintenance

  • Reviews and processes data generated by instrumentation.
  • Interpret laboratory findings and test results from evidentiary material analysis.
  • Perform and document maintenance on laboratory instrumentation, including troubleshooting.
  • Follows all Standard Operating Procedures of the Toxicology Laboratory and the Regional Forensic Science Center.
  • Follows all Standard Operating Procedures put forth by the Quality Assurance and Quality Control Program.
  • Helps the Toxicology Laboratory maintain the ASCLD/LAB-International and ISO17025 Accreditation Standard Certification.
  • Testify as a witness in a court of law in regards to analytical findings.
  • Ensures quality control procedures are followed in the Toxicology Laboratory.
  • Cleaning of glassware, disposing of biohazard trash, and general cleaning of the Toxicology Laboratory.
  • Creates Measurement of Uncertainty for all necessary results and maintains quality control of all Measurement of Uncertainty documents.
  • Follow all safety policies put forth by the Regional Forensic Science Center.
  • Documentation of all refrigerator/freezer temperatures and relative humidity in desiccators.
  • Confer with law enforcement agencies and/or attorneys in regards to test results and their interpretation.

Personal and Laboratory Development

  • Participates in continuing education and/or training including but not limited to workshops, seminars, professional conferences and meetings.
  • Participates in method development of new testing protocols in the Toxicology Laboratory.



Detail-Oriented:  Ensures information is complete and accurate; follows up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.   Follows process steps as outlined in standard operating procedures.  Reviews materials to ensure they are accurate, clear, and concise.  Performs follow-up to ensure quality of work product and/or actions are completed.

Decision Making/Problem Solving:  Breaks down problems into components and recognizes interrelationships. Makes timely sound, well-informed, objective and appropriate decisions. Compares data, information, and input from a variety of sources to draw conclusions. Takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.

Time Management:  Shows ability to plan, schedule, direct work of self and others.  Balances task requirements and individual abilities; organizes materials to accomplish tasks; sets high standards and well-defined, realistic goals for one’s self.  Displays a high level of effort and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision and is motivated to achieve.

Analytical Thinking:  Works systematically and logically to resolve problems, identify causation and anticipate unexpected results.  Manages issues by drawing on own experience and knowledge and calls on other resources as necessary.

Subject Matter Expertise:  The ability to apply the principles and practices of (subject matter) management to contribute to the success of the county.


Job Standards:

Minimum Qualifications

Educational Requirements:   Graduation from a four year college or university in chemistry, biology, forensic science or a related field. A minimum of two semesters of chemistry with an additional sixteen credit hours of chemistry is required.

Years of Experience:  Two years of applicable laboratory experience is required. A master’s degree or doctorate in an appropriate field may be substitutable for one or two years of experience, respectively.

Preferred Qualifications

Educational Requirements:   A master’s degree in chemistry or forensic science.

Years of Experience:  Five years of applicable laboratory experience.


Physical Requirements of Position:

Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.


Testing/Screening Requested:

Background check, drug screening



Operation of instrumentation including Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS), Gas Chromatograph/Flame Ionization Detector (GC/FID), Liquid Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer (LC/MS), Gas Chromatograph/Nitrogen Phosphorus Detector (GC/NPD). Skill in the use of a personal computer.


Work Environment:

Usual working days/hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location of work:  1109 N Minneapolis St

The employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work). The employee will be exposed to hazards which will include but are not limited to, the exposure to chemicals, biological samples and other biohazard material.


*Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice*

*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.

Vacancy Number: 20008610

Open Date: 11/21/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 12/19/2018 11:59:59 PM