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Hillsborough County Government

Forensic Toxicologist II (#FCTOX2GENS) GENS
$25.69-$40.78 Hourly / $4,452.93-$7,068.53 Monthly / $53,435.20-$84,822.40 Yearly




JOB OVERVIEW

Performs professional duties related to the chemical analysis procedures in a forensic toxicology laboratory.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Graduation from an accredited four year degree college or university with a major in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry, Clinical Chemistry or Forensic Science; and
Five years of experience in a forensic toxicology laboratory.
OR
A Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry, Clinical Chemistry or Forensic Science; and
Three years of experience in a forensic toxicology laboratory.
OR
A Doctorate's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry, Clinical Chemistry or Forensic Science.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

  • Considerable knowledge of safety procedures in the handling of specimens that might be biohazardous.
  • Considerable knowledge of chemistry and forensic toxicology.
  • Considerable knowledge of forensic laboratory tests methods, techniques, quality control, instruments and equipment.
  • Considerably knowledge of laboratory accreditation programs sponsored by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) and/or the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – International Organization for Standardization (ASCLD-ISO).
  • Considerable knowledge of the procedures for handling, packaging and preserving evidence.
  • Working knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations governing the Medical Examiner's Office.
  • Skill in the use of laboratory instruments and equipment such as computer aided gas chromatograph, mass spectrometers, high performance liquid chromatograph and immunoassay.
  • Skill in the analysis and interpretation of forensic tests results.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  
  • Ability to prepare and maintain technical reports.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
  • Analyzes post-mortem fluids and tissues for the identity and quantity of any drugs, poisons or other relevant chemicals and their metabolites that can be present in the body.
  • Participates in the development and validation of new and improved analysis procedures to detect and quantify the presence of drugs and poisons.
  • Inventories and orders supplies for the laboratory.
  • Reviews and interprets results of chemical, physical chemical and instrumental analyses and prepares reports for use in court.
  • Testifies in court as an expert witness in forensic toxicology including forensic laboratory procedures, test results and interpretation of laboratory findings.
  • Calibrates instruments and maintains records and reports.
  • Follows laboratory safety guidelines to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Participates in proficiency testing and quality assurance and control programs.
  • Oversees the quality assurance and quality controls practices of the laboratory to ensure adherence to laboratory accreditation standards and good laboratory practices.
  • Assists the Chief Forensic Toxicologist with the development and preparation of bid specifications for the purchase of laboratory equipment and supplies.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

CLASS: FCTOX2GENS; EST: 4/28/1999; REV: 8/21/2013;