2456 Forensic Toxicologist

Recruitment #PBT-2456-099683

Introduction

 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

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 2456 Forensic Toxicologist located at the SFOCME’s Forensic Laboratory Division.

 

The Office moved to a $65M state-of-the-art facility in November 2018. 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.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Working in the Forensic Laboratory Division of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner under the supervision of the Forensic Toxicologist Supervisor and the direction of the Chief Forensic Toxicologist/Forensic Laboratory Director, the Forensic Toxicologist is a forensic-trained scientist who performs laboratory procedures following established protocols in the process of ensuring that all forensic specimens are processed and tested in a proficient, reliable and accurate manner. The Forensic Toxicologist utilizes existing or develops new extraction techniques and employs current instrumentation, including GC, GC-MS, GC-MS/MS, LC-MS/MS, and LC-QTOF/MS, to develop, optimize, validate and utilize analytical techniques for the accurate and timely detection and quantification of drugs and poisons in human fluids and tissues in medico-legal cases under the jurisdiction of the Division. The Forensic Toxicologist performs forensic evaluations of evidentiary items including the identification, confirmation and quantitation of poisons, drugs and other chemicals in forensic specimens recovered as evidence during the investigation of medicolegal cases by various law enforcement agencies; processes specimens submitted for medicolegal diagnostic purposes, scientifically examines and evaluates the nature, origin and significance of physical evidence; records findings; interprets data; prepares technical laboratory records and reports of results of tests and examinations; testifies in courtroom proceedings and performs related duties as required. Incumbents are responsible for the accurate interpretation and recording of results from complex forensic laboratory analyses, for ensuring that data generated conforms to the Division’s quality assurance program, conforms to quality control specifications and for maintaining the carefully controlled legal chain of custody requirements. Nature of work involves continuous exposure to health hazards and disagreeable elements.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a life science or physical science with 16 semester hours in general and organic chemistry courses, a statistics course, and two (2) analytical and/or interpretive courses in forensic toxicology, pharmacology and chemistry.

License and Certification:

Possession of a valid California Driver License; AND  

Possession of or eligibility for certification by the State of California Department of Public Health as a Title 17 Forensic Alcohol Analyst within five (5) years of hire 

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Nature of duties may require sustained physical effort involving manual skill, dexterity, hand/eye coordination, and the ability to lift and carry 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.  

 Note:

1. A valid out-of-state driver’s license is acceptable during the application process.

2. Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement 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. 

  • Experience testifying as a technical expert in forensic toxicology analysis
  • Experience in testifying to the interpretation and contribution of drugs and alcohol in forensic casework

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process by registering an account.

 

  • Click and select the 2456 Forensic Toxicologist
  • Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Click on “I am a New User”
  • Follow instructions given on the screen

Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file on-line applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.

 

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).

 

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every 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.

 

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.

 

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, Angie Ignao, at (415) 554-6107, or via email to: angie.ignao@sfdpw.org.

 

Verification:

All applicants are required to submit a copy of a diploma and transcript to verify the education requirement by the filing deadline.

 

Applicants who possess a degree that is from a foreign and/or non-accredited college or university are required to provide an equivalency certification of the degree. Failure to submit the required verification may result in disqualification or ineligibility for employment. Information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

 

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 in 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 Evaluation Exam (Weight 100%)

Candidates deemed eligible and admitted to the examination will be sent a supplemental questionnaire to complete and return. The supplemental questionnaire has been designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include, but not be limited to: knowledge of principles and practices of forensic toxicology, pharmacology and analytical chemistry; knowledge of the principles of medico-legal or forensic investigations; ability to understand and use complex analytical instrumentation and computer-assisted equipment; knowledge of principles of quality assurance and methods of assuring accurate analysis; knowledge of procedures of working with and minimizing job-related chemical and biological hazards; written communication ability. Candidates must achieve a passing score on supplemental questionnaire evaluation exam in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

 

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection procedure.

 

Background Investigation:

Candidates are required to have a thorough background investigation to determine the candidates’ suitability for employment in this classification. Factors considered in the investigation may include employment history, criminal records; use of illegal/controlled substances. Reasons for rejection based on this investigation may include: but not limited to: applicable convictions, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations, falsification of application materials and/or other relevant factors.

 

Medical and Physical Examination:

Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully pass a medical examination in order to determine their ability to perform the essential functions of the job. Recurrent medical screening is required. Candidates must successfully pass a physical examination to test their ability to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds using acceptable biomechanics.

 

CERTIFICATION RULE:

The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

 

Eligible List/Score Report

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 12 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. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.

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.

Conclusion

Requests:
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:
http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference

 

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://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

 

Terms of Announcement:

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.

 

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: Entrance
Issued: September 3, 2019

Suspended: September 10, 2019 until further notice


 

Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID: PBT-2456-099683

GSA - AI (415) 554-6107

Benefits

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.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

 



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