State of Maryland

ASSISTANT TOXICOLOGIST POST MORTEM, LEAD (#007550)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $57,878.00-$92,930.00 Yearly


GRADE

20 

NATURE OF WORK

An Assistant Toxicologist Post Mortem, Lead is the lead level of work conducting tests to identify toxic substances in biological specimens to assist Medical Examiners in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in determining the cause of death. An employee in this classification provides training to lower-level Assistant Toxicologists, Board Certified and Non-Board Certified, and Serologists, Board Certified and Non-Board Certified, and assigns, reviews, and approves their work.

An employee in this classification receives general supervision from the Chief Toxicologist. Employees in this classification may be required to work evenings and on the weekends. The work is performed in a laboratory setting at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Employees are required to observe infection control precautions in order to prevent contamination and the spread of disease.

The Assistant Toxicologist, Lead is differentiated from the Assistant Toxicologist, Certified and Non-Board Certified in that the Assistant Toxicologist, Lead is responsible for assigning, reviewing and approving the work of lower-level Assistant Toxicologists, Certified and Non-Board Certified, and Serologists, Board Certified and Non-Board Certified, while the Assistant Toxicologists, Board Certified and Non-Board Certified and Serologist, Board Certified and Non-Board Certified perform a full range of duties without lead responsibility. The Assistant Toxicologist, Lead is differentiated from the Chief Toxicologist Post Mortem in that the Chief Toxicologist performs the full range of supervisory duties in the Toxicology Laboratory.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Assigns, reviews and approves work of lower-level Assistant Toxicologists, Board Certified and Non-Board Certified, and Serologists, Board Certified and Non-Board Certified;

Trains lower-level Assistant Toxicologists and Serologists in carrying out their assignments;

Provides technical advice and guidance on forensic toxicology procedures to lower-level Assistant Toxicologists and Serologists; Assists the Chief Toxicologist in administering the daily operations of the Toxicology Laboratory;

Coordinates all quality assurance activities in the Toxicology Laboratory to ensure the accuracy of test results and prepares a monthly Quality Assurance report for the Chief Toxicologist;

Testifies in court on any of the work done in the laboratory;

Develops new analytical techniques for toxic substances under the direction of the Chief Toxicologist;

Analyzes specimens for alkaline extractable drugs by gas chromatography and confirms positive findings by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry in accordance with the Toxicology Laboratory's Standard Operating Procedures Manual;

Analyzes specimens for acid/neutral drugs by gas chromatography or color test and confirms positive findings by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry or high performance liquid chromatography in accordance with the Laboratory's Standard Operating Procedures Manual;

Analyzes specimens for morphine by radioimmunoassay and confirms positive findings by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry in accordance with the Laboratory's Standard Operating Procedures Manual;

Analyzes specimens for alcohol by gas chromatography and by enzymatic reaction in accordance with the Toxicology Laboratory's Standard Operating Procedures Manual;

Maintains overall cleanliness of the laboratory area;

Performs other related duties.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position. Employees in this classification are hired by the State Postmortem Examiners Commission in accordance with Section 5-305 of the Health General Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

2. An employee in this classification must be certified American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) as a fellow of the ABFT in Forensic Toxicology or a Diplomate in Forensic Toxicology, or become certified within one year of eligibility. The board may be contacted at P.O. Box 669, Colorado Springs, CO 80901-0669.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Class descriptions broadly define groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Date Established

Jul 1 2001 12:00AM

Date Revised

December 4, 2014

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 007550; EST: 7/1/2001; REV: 12/4/2014;

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