Forensic Toxicologist or Trainee – Central Laboratory- Virginia

Position CF651

Salary: $78,915 – $100,718

Location: Richmond

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science Central Laboratory in Richmond, VA is seeking a qualified Forensic Toxicologist to perform postmortem and human performance toxicology testing and provide testimony about the effects of alcohol and/or drugs on human performance and behavior. The candidate will independently analyze human fluids and tissues in postmortem, DUI/D and other criminal cases using chemical and instrumental methodologies, critically evaluate data, prepare Certificates of Analysis, and interpret and defend results in courts of law. Frequent travel, occasionally overnight, is required and employee will provide own transportation as required.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in toxicology, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology or closely related scientific field with either sufficient toxicology courses or experience in forensic toxicological analyses. Applications will be considered from individuals who will receive their Ph.D. within approximately 3 months of filing their application.

Employment experience in a forensic toxicology laboratory, to include successful completion of a documented training program and/or demonstration of competency; independent knowledge of the theoretical principles and applications of instrumentation and methodologies used to analyze specimens submitted to the laboratory; professional experience using basic laboratory equipment and analytical instrumentation (i.e. immunoassay, HPLC, GC/MS, GC/FID, GC/NPD and LC/MS/MS) to identify alcohol and/or drugs in biological samples; courtroom testimony as an expert witness in forensic toxicology; ability to work independently, set priorities, work efficiently, keep accurate records, accurately analyze samples, correctly interpret data and develop reasonable conclusions; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; knowledge of laboratory safety and quality assurance/quality control procedures.


For more information, see Forensic Toxicologist

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