Forensic Scientist Drug Chemist

State of New Mexico

The Forensic Drug Chemist is responsible for the following:

1) Utilizing a battery of screening chemical and chromatographic tests to determine whether controlled substances may be present in items submitted as evidence
2) Analyzing assorted powders, crystalline substances, tablets, capsules, liquids or plant materials to determine whether controlled substances may be present in items submitted as evidence
3) Producing formal reports that accurately identify and analyze controlled substance evidence to determine their significance to the investigation
4) Presenting the results, conclusions and expert opinions in the scientific analysis of controlled substances
5) Providing expert witness testimony regarding their findings in courts of law throughout the State of New Mexico
6) Performing quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) to assure quality analysis, evidence integrity, and maintain accreditation standards
7) Continue training to develop competency and proficiency in their area of specialization, specifically controlled substances / drug chemistry analysis forth is position, as require

Salary
$22.84 – $39.74 Hourly

$47,510 – $82,667 Annually

This position is a Pay Band 80

Minimum Qualification
For Chemists, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry or in Biology of Forensic Science which must include a minimum of 20 credit hours of chemistry coursework. Four (4) years of experience working in a forensics laboratory performing scientific analysis of forensic evidence, including one (1) year independent case work analysis.

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