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Forensic Scientist

Date Posted:  Oct 5, 2021
Requisition ID:  271441

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Department of Toxicology:
The Indiana State Department of Toxicology’s (ISDT) mission is to provide quality forensic toxicological services and education about the science of toxicology for the state of Indiana.
ISDT supports the criminal justice system through analyses for alcohol and selected drugs in blood samples submitted by law enforcement agencies and coroners, furnishing expert testimony and education on the pharmacology and toxicology of drugs, training and certifying law enforcement officers to administer breath tests for alcohol, inspecting, maintaining, and certifying breath test instruments, and certifying ignition interlock device models. We believe quality results are obtained through professional, ethical, and unbiased analyses of evidentiary specimens entrusted to the Department for testing. The key to interpreting and understanding these results is achieved through the Department’s open communication and willingness to instruct others on the science of forensic toxicology.
ISDT hires highly qualified personnel who share the department values. It provides a professional work environment and technical and administrative leadership that encourages excellence through clear communication of expectations, goals, and objectives and the provision of resources that enable staff to accomplish the department mission and objectives, including a training program to ensure each employee is always learning.

Salary Information:

This position will normally begin at $44,330.00 annually, but may be commensurate with education and experience.

About the Job:

As a Forensic Scientist for the Indiana State Department of Toxicology. Incumbent performs technical work, testing, and analyzing drugs and their metabolites for law enforcement and governmental agencies using instrumentation and analytical techniques. You will be called to testify as an expert in criminal trials, and maintain the chain of custody for medical legal sample submissions. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Conduct forensic analysis on routine biological evidence.
  • Perform and interpret quality control procedures, instrument function checks, and necessary calibration adjustments as required.
  • Complete procedural testing within established time frames.
  • Review performance specifications and take corrective action when test results deviate from established specifications.
  • Correlate sample data information prior to reporting.
  • Maintain records to ensure proper documentation of activities and results.
  • Enter data accurately in a timely manner and in accordance with laboratory procedures.
  • Retrieve test results and other information on submitted evidence.
  • Communicate analytical procedures, methodologies, policies, and conclusions to various elements in the criminal justice system including court testimony as an expert witness.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all test results.
  • Operate various laboratory instruments, e.g.gas chromatographs, liquid chromatographs, and mass spectrometers.
  • Perform routine laboratory equipment maintenance.
  • Receive, inventory, and record submitted evidence and maintain strict legal accountability and custody of physical evidence to ensure it's court admissibility.
  • Adhere to and support applicable standard operating procedures and examination protocols that apply.
  • Assure that all documentation derived from testing procedures is maintained.
  • Participate in continuing education and training programs in the analysis of biological materials.
  • Participate in proficiency testing to document and verify accuracy and competency in performing analyses.
  • Follow established laboratory safety guidelines.
  • Perform other duties as required.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Bachelor Degree in chemistry, forensic science, or biology, with a concentration in chemistry or toxicology.
  • Basic knowledge of the theory and practical operation of a variety of scientific instrumentation and analytical techniques.
  • Ability to testify as an expert witness in an objective and professional manner.
  • Ability to perform scientific procedures following Laboratory Test Methods.
  • Ability to comprehend, demonstrate, and explain the theory and practical operation of a variety of scientific instruments and analytical techniques.
  • Ability to communicate scientific information effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to operate and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to adhere to established laboratory safety practices.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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