2403 Forensic Laboratory Analyst

Recruitment #PBT-2403-107666


This is a Position Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.
The San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (SFOCME), an ABFT-Accredited facility, is currently recruiting in Class 2403 Forensic Laboratory Analyst located at the SFOCME’s Forensic Laboratory Division. The Office moved to a $65M state-of-the-art facility in November 2017. The 52,000 sq. ft. facility includes a fully accredited laboratory with approximately $5M invested in new technologies including Sciex QTOF X500R, Sciex 6500+ QTrap and Agilent Triple Quadruple GC MS 7000D. In addition to new instrumentation, software platforms have been acquired and implemented to improve quality assurance and facilitate efficiency for high throughput analyses.

Positions in this class Forensic Laboratory Division of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where sudden, unexpected or violent deaths as well as human performance toxicology cases are examined. Under supervision of the Forensic Toxicologist Supervisor and the direction of the Chief Forensic Toxicologist/Forensic Laboratory Director, the Forensic Laboratory Analyst is a forensically-trained scientist that receives, accessions, stores and disposes of biological and physical evidence; performs volatile, drug and poison screens in biological specimens; performs chemical extractions of drugs and poisons from body tissues and fluids for confirmatory analyses; prepares biological tissues and organs for diagnostic examinations by Medical Division staff; prepares chemical reagents, cleans scientific glassware and maintains the laboratory premises; assists in the forensic toxicological analyses; records findings; and performs related duties as required. Nature of work involves continuous exposure to health hazards and disagreeable elements.

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Receives and logs in all physical and biological evidence and specimens from the morgue and from law enforcement representatives and verifies labeling; ensures correct storage and disposal of all evidence and specimens.
2. Cleans and arranges glassware; sterilizes laboratory and computer equipment; prepares reagents; and cleans and maintains premises of the Forensic Laboratory division.
3. Performs drug screens on various biological specimens, extracts drugs and poisons from blood, urine and body tissues; uses immunoassays, chromatographic, spectrophotometric and other analytical techniques to determine the presence and/or quantity of drugs.
4. Accurately records findings and data on worksheets; and may assist in the interpretation of data and the preparation of case reports.
5. Testifies in court proceedings.
6. Prepares forensic microscopic slides and makes routine and special stains as required, including the preparation of necessary reagents and solutions.
7. Assists in labeling and sending specimens for outside medicolegal tests and assists in reporting possible infections to the appropriate agencies.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the natural, physical or applied sciences with completion of one (1) laboratory course;


License and Certification:
Possession of a valid California Driver License.

Laboratory experience following detailed analytical protocols, cleaning and/or handling of laboratory glassware, and/or handling of chemical and biological materials in a professional laboratory environment may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis (up to a maximum of two (2) years). Thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units equal one year.

Special Requirements:
  • Nature of duties may require sustained physical effort involving manual skill, dexterity, hand/eye coordination, and the ability to lift and carry laboratory equipment and supplies up to 50 lbs.
  • Requires close mental attention and concentration for long periods when conducting various tests and the technical skill and ability to make accurate observations and determinations and prepare related reports of findings.
  • Work environment may entail exposure to biohazards and potentially toxic chemicals, specimens from infectious and decomposed cases and/or persons who have died of drug or chemical poisoning; unpleasant odors or conditions; and exposure to disagreeable elements or situations inherent in this specialized field.
  • This work requires compliance with department policies pertaining to blood borne pathogen exposure prevention, biohazard exposure prevention, toxic chemical exposure prevention, evidence handling and security requirements on evidence, standards and information.
General Notes:
1. One-year of full-time equivalent is considered equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.
2. A valid out-of-state driver's license is acceptable during the application process.
3. Applicants must meet minimum qualification requirements by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Desirable Qualifications:
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring:

Applicants with verifiable forensic laboratory experience are strongly encouraged to apply, although it is not required.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process:

Select the desired job announcement PBT-2403-107666
Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
Follow instructions on the screen

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice. As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every recruitment announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Word of Advice: Update your employment application to ensure that it is current with all work experience, education, training and other information. All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco Employment Application nor as employment verification documentation during the reconsideration period. Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Breonna Santiago, by telephone at (415) 554-6022, or by email to Breonna.Santiago@sfgov.org.

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. It is the applicant's responsibility to produce verification documentation that clearly demonstrates how they possess the minimum requirements for this recruitment. Applicants will be notified of acceptable forms for education and/or employment verification document(s) for this recruitment. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the announcement. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of employee, dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), hours worked per week if part-time, job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. If an applicant possesses experience in multiple roles from a single employer, each role/job must be outlined as previously mentioned to receive credit for more than one role. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupations and total earnings must be submitted. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements.

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire: (Weight: Qualifying) Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information to identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Supplemental Questionnaire Examination: (Weight: 100%) Qualified candidates will be sent a Supplemental Questionnaire Examination to complete and return. The Supplemental Questionnaire Examination is designed to measure the knowledge skills and/or abilities in job-related areas required for the position which may include but are not limited to: Knowledge of: basic principles and practices of forensic toxicology, pharmacology, chemistry or forensic science; applicable legal terms, court procedures, and the laws of evidence; analytical instrumentation and equipment, as well as computer software and hardware needed to perform difficult and complex laboratory-based examinations; special care and handling of laboratory glassware; methods and procedures used in thorough cleaning and sterilizing of laboratory equipment; procedures for working with and minimizing job-related chemical and biological hazards, including procedures for safe handling of chemical and biological laboratory waste; principles of statistical analysis relative to laboratory practice and process. Ability or Skill to: conduct forensic laboratory casework using complex analytical instrumentation and equipment; follow detailed analytical protocols, carefully collect, analyze, evaluate and interpret case data obtained in the course of forensic investigations; speak and communicate technical information in a clear and understandable manner appropriate to the understanding of the listener or the legal decider of fact; listen and effectively elicit information; testify in courts of law on matters related to the forensic laboratory findings; utilize computers for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.

The Supplemental Questionnaire Examination will be rated and scored. A passing score must be achieved on the Supplemental Questionnaire Examination in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

Certification: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Five Scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List: A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be of 6 months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director. Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#veteranspreference

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: Information regarding seniority credit can be found at: https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#senioritycredit

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights: Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf. The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents: Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work: All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States

Exam Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance
Issued: June 22, 2021
Carol Isen, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID: PBT-2403-107666
CAO/BDS / (415) 554-6022


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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