Delaware State Police

Forensic Chemist (#L21400)

- hourly / - monthly / - annual

Pay Grade

PG 13 $42,870

Nature and Scope

This is analytical chemistry work involving blood alcohol content at the full performance level with general supervision.  

Principal Accountabilities

   1.     Certifies intoxilyzer instruments used to determine blood alcohol content.

   2.     Maintains and performs minor repair of intoxilyzers and other lab instruments to ensure proper working condition and maintains accurate records of such.

   3.     Performs qualitative and quantitative analyses for the purposes of determining blood and breath alcohol content.

  4.     Testifies in court as an expert in the field of blood and breath alcohol.

  5.     Instructs and certifies police officers as operators of breath alcohol equipment.  Instructs on related topics as required.

   6.     Speaks to interested groups about the alcohol testing program and related subjects.  

 7.     Operates gas chromatograph and equipment utilizing infrared photo spectrometer.  Operates other laboratory equipment as required.  

 8.     Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  ·       Knowledge of the hazards of laboratory activities and of safety practices and procedures.

 ·       Knowledge of the care and routine maintenance of standard laboratory equipment.

·       Skill in the principles, practices and application of analytical chemistry.

·       Skill in conducting and interpreting chemical tests and analyses.

 ·       Ability to use and properly care for laboratory equipment.

 ·       Ability to perform varied laboratory tests and to interpret the results.

·       Experience with computer skills including Microsoft Office (proficiency in spreadsheet and databases beneficial).

 ·       Skill with interpersonal, written and oral communication. 

 ·       Time management skills required.

·       Ability to travel within the State to all three counties.

·       Ability to lift equipment weighing up to 40 lbs. as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, or natural science from an accredited college or university.   Possession of a valid driver’s license. 

Conditions of Employment

Direct deposit of paychecks is required as a condition of employment.  Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of employment.  Union Covered Positions - A labor organization has been elected by employees as their representative for collective bargaining and other work related purposes.  The person selected for this position shall as a condition of employment, join and pay dues to the labor organization or may, instead not join but pay a service fee no greater than the dues.   The labor organization is required to represent all employees, even those who do not join.   Benefits:   To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit the State Personnel web-site at

Additional Information

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    *The State of Delaware - An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer*

CLASS: L21400; EST: 5/4/2018 9:40:00 AM; REV: 5/4/2018 9:40:00 AM;